Cumberland Times-News


November 6, 2012

ERNEST H. “SAM” HAYES [Keyser, W.Va.]

KEYSER, W.Va. — Ernest

Harold “Sam” Hayes, 87, of

Keyser, passed away Sunday,

Nov. 4, 2012 at his residence.

Born July 29, 1925 in Keyser,

he was the second eldest son

of seven children born to the

late Rollie R. and Lena C.

(Urice) Hayes.

Sam completed eight years

of formal education.

He was a pulpwood cutter

until he was employed by the

Mineral County Board of Education

as a school bus driver.

While employed there, Sam

and his wife, Betty began operating

a gas station on Route 46

known as “Sam’s Texaco.” In

1978, he retired from operating

the service station and

purchased the Millar Farm,

near Fort Ashby. He continued

to farm until he passed away.

In addition to his wife of 63

years, Betty R. (Smith) Hayes,

currently a resident at Heartland

of Keyser Nursing home,

he is also survived by a daughter,

Joan F. and husband,

Melvin “Boog” Whetzel, of

Keyser; a grandson, Joseph H.

Whetzel, and wife Tracy, and

their children, Savannah and

Logan, Cumberland; a granddaughter,

Jennifer M. (Westfall)

Smith, her children,

Haley, Linsey, and Andy Westfall,

and her boyfriend, Jimmy

Parrish, of Keyser; two sisters,

Madeline C. Jones, Dawnview

Manor, and Betty L. Gains,

Fort Ashby; three brothers,

Donald G. “Tip” Hayes, and

wife Sally, Patterson Creek,

Ervin B. “Bunk” Hayes, and

wife Esther and Leon “Poodle”

Hayes, and wife Joan, all

of Keyser; one sister-in-law,

Norma J. Hayes, Fort Ashby;

and many nieces and


He was preceded in death

by one brother, Erman P.

“Hoppy” Hayes; and, two

brothers-in-law, Vernon C.

Gains and Robert L. Jones.

Sam was a Methodist by

faith and had attended the

Wesleyan Methodist Church

on Route 46.

Along with being an avid

farmer, Sam enjoyed hunting.

He was loving, gentle, and an

engaging person. He found

great pleasure talking to the

many neighbors and friends

that would visit him at the

farm. He will be sadly missed

by so many.

Friends and relatives may

call at the Upchurch Funeral

Home, Inc., Route 28, Fort

Ashby, on Thursday from 2 to 4

and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral service will be

conducted in the funeral home

on Friday at 2 p.m. with Pastor

David Strawn, officiating. The

family will receive friends an

hour prior to services.

Entombment will follow at

Potomac Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will

be Denny Hayes, Bobby

Hayes, Davy Hayes, Connie

Hayes, Scott Whetzel, and

Gary Thompson. A.G. Bailey

and Bernie Ickes will be honorary


Condolences to the family

may be posted after Mr.

Hayes’ obituary at

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