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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • OBITUARY: Robert Joe Hays

  • Robert Joe Hays, age 77, of Harrisburg, passed away 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
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  • Robert Joe Hays, age 77, of Harrisburg, passed away 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
    Robert was born May 15, 1935, in Harrisburg, to the late William Paul and Essie Mae (Gidcumb) Hays. On June 28, 1958, he married Joann Abell and she survives. Robert was the owner of Hays Carpet. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks.
    Surviving family members include his wife, Joann Hays of Harrisburg; daughter, Karen (Bob) Bradley of Greeneville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Hays and Bert of Greeneville, Tenn.; two brothers, Pete Hays of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Mike (Beverly) Hays of Harrisburg; sister, Martha (Dennis) Winter of Pinckneyville; sister-in-law, Donna Koester of Ridgway; sister-in-law, Mary Nuemann of Ridgway; brother-in-law, Dave (Linda) Abell of Pana; brother-in-law, Raymond (Marge) Abell of Taylor, Ala.; sister-in-law, Janet O'Leary of Long Beach, Calif.; sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Abell of Evansville; two nieces, Patti Simpson and Shari Barter of Harrisburg; and caretaker, Brandy Rector.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Hays.
    Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2012, at Reed Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Chris Winkleman will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page of www.reedfuneralchapel.com.
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