Thomas Charles Hayes

COACH HAYES - Thomas Charles Hayes, 69, of Lexington, Missouri passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, November 18, 2012, due to complications of amyloidosis. He was diagnosed less than one month before with AL amyloidosis on October 26, 2012. Tom was born on January 8, 1943 in Spring Creek, MO to Herman and Joyce Hayes. He graduated from the Rolla High School. After high school he attended Central Missouri State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education, his Master's Degree as a Guidance Counselor and Certification in Administration. On July 29, 1967 he married Sherry Jean Fischer in St. Louis, MO, who survives of the home. He served in the Army National Guard. Tom was a Deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Lexington. He served on the Lyons Memorial Foundation Board, Lafayette Regional Health Center Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce, Lexington Lions Club and many other community organizations. Tom served as the Mayor of Lexington from 1998-2010. In 1999 Coach Hayes retired from the Lexington School District after 34 years and had a total coaching career of over 40 years. Tom is also an Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. In addition to his wife he is survived by two children, Dr. Scott D. Hayes and wife Natalie of Eureka, MO and Christina "Tina" L. Lehr and husband David of Republic, MO; four grandchildren, Colin Hayes, Jackson Lehr, Fischer Hayes and Bennett Hayes; one brother, Allan Hayes and wife Susan in Davenport, IA; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Bobby Hayes, Rollan Hayes, John Hayes, Paul Hayes and David Hayes; and a sister, Louise Moreland.

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