Kenneth Wade Hays, Sr., 85, Orange


Last updated 5/2/2023 at 4:40pm

Kenneth Wade Hays, Sr., 85, of Orange, Texas, passed away on April 25, 2023, peacefully at home. Born in Kisatchie, Louisiana, on January 24, 1938, he was the son of Melvin Hays and Bernie (Booty) Hays. Kenneth worked as a Security Chief for Dupont and was a member of the 2nd Baptist Church of Bridge City for 60 years. In his younger years, Kenneth enjoyed going fishing and hunting in his free time. He loved his wife’s cooking and spending time with his family, who always came first to Kenneth. He cherished the moments he had with his family, especially going to all of his grandkid’s baseball games. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Bernie Hays; and his loving wife, Shirley Hays. He is survived by his son, Wade Hays and wife, Mitzi, of Crystal Beach; daughters, Shirlene Hays Evans and husband, Emille, of Nederland, and Sherri Hays Long and husband, Kenneth, of Crystal Beach; grandchildren, Tyler Hays and wife, Desi, Hunter Hays and wife, Cayla, and Grayson Long and wife, Eden; great-grandchildren, Hud Hays, Maddie Hays, Cam Hays, Kenzie Hays, Sloane Long, and Beckett Long; brother, Bobby Hays of El Campo, Texas; and care givers, Teresa Viator and Nikki Glass. Cremation will be held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.


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