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Originally published: 2012-08-17 14:37:23
Last modified: 2012-08-17 14:37:23

Rufus V 'R.V.' Hayes

Rufus V. Hayes, "R.V." of Blowing Rock, died Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Watauga Medical Center. He was born February 10, 1926, in Wilkes County to William Hardin and Emaline Whittington Hayes. He grew up in the Mulberry Community attending Pine View Baptist Church but later transferring his membership to First United Methodist Church in North Wilkesboro. He entered the military service May 13, 1944, serving with Battery "B" of the 81st Battalion of the 101 Airborne Division in World War II. Military locations and stations were Fort Bragg, NC; Camp Hood, Texas; Ardennas, Rineland and Central Europe. Locations in Europe, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria. R.V. received three bronze stars, the good conduct medal and an honorable discharge on April 16, 1946. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Association and often attended national meetings and the Snow-Bird meetings in Florida. He was always so proud to have been a member and served with the 101 Airborne Screaming Eagles. He attended the dedication of the World War II memorials with his Colonel X.B. Cox and Battery Commander Tom Moran.

He married Mary Jo Ragan on June 5, 1948, they were blessed with a daughter, Karen Hayes Hamby; one grandson, Casey Blake Bumgarner; one great grandson, William Barrett Bumgarner. R.V. retired as an Engineer from the State Highway Department with 36 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Della Walker, Mamie Sloop, Verna DuWese, Reba Pardue; a brother, James Everette Hayes; a granddaughter, Bryan Beth Bumgarner and one great grandson, William Brock Bumgarner. R.V. was a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his family, his church, his country and his work. He also loved to work with wood and he made many unique crafts.

Graveside services for both Mr. and Mrs. Hayes, who preceded him in death on August 5, 2012, with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 1142 will be held 1 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2012, at Mountlawn Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life will be held 3 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in North Wilkesboro with Dr. Keith Franklin and the Rev. Lynn Stall officiating. Miller Funeral Service in North Wilkesboro is in charge of the arrangements. On line condolences may be made to

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