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In Memory

Paul W Hayes

Paul Wright Hayes, Sr.
About 1939 - November 22, 2023


Funeral services for Mr. Paul Wright Hayes, Sr., age 84 of Farmerville, LA, will be held at 10:00 AM, November 22, 2023 at Salem Baptist Church in Farmerville with Bro. Mike Deville officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Taylor Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home.

Paul was married to the love of his life, Patty, for 62 years. He had 3 daughters he loved, cherished and often referred to them as his three girls.  He also had a son who was his pride and joy.

After graduating school he began his life pursuing a passion of a career in pipelining in the lower 48 states for Houston Contracting Company.  Several years later, Paul headed to Alaska to begin his career on the Trans Alaska Pipeline.  For the next 40 years he worked for Houston Contracting Company where he worked his way up to superintendent. After his retirement, Paul continued to consult with Houston Contracting Company due to his vast knowledge and experience.  Paul was also instrumental in helping other young men secure their job on the Trans Alaska  Pipeline where multiple generations are still benefitting from that help.

He was owner of Hayes’ Farm.  He built and managed 8 poultry houses with his wife, Patty and son, Paul, all while working in Alaska.  Hayes’ Farm also  managed cattle and grew hay.  Some of the grand children spent many a summer and holiday working on the family farm, where many life lessons where learned.

Paul had multiple interests and hobbies.  He was co-owner in a fishing development named Crooked Creek, where he fished often for salmon.  For a brief time, he even mined for gold in Hope, Alaska.  Paul was an avid duck hunter.  He loved hunting and loved the time spent with his duck hunting buddies. His love of fishing was so great, Paul began growing Catalpa trees for their worms. Paul adored his  many black labs,  rat terriers and the occasional stray.  HIs latest stray is known affectionately as Baby Girl.

“What would we do without memories” - PW Hayes

Mr. Hayes was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Patty Dean Hayes; his son, Paul Wright Hayes, II.; his parents, Charles Barnes, Sr. and Leda Mae Caskey Hayes; brother, Charles Barnes Hayes, Jr.; and his sisters, Bonnie Jean McMillan and Sibyl Ann Green.

He is survived by his daughters, Kim Hayes Boyd (Keith), Kelly Hayes Johnson (Ron), and Paula Hayes Strickland (Chris); his grandchildren, Katherine Hayes Black (Dakota), Mel Edwards (Stephanie), Amy Edwards, Johnathan Boyd (Carisa), Hannah Dixon Felkel (Stewart), Ryan Phelps (Tiffany), Kyle Phelps (Jess), Rachael Strickland Morgan (Jacob), Christian Paul Strickland (Ashlyn); and 16 great grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Stewart Felkel, Mel Edwards, Ryan Phelps, Kyle Phelps, Johnathan Boyd, and Christian Strickland

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Farrar Funeral Home and Wednesday, November 22, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Salem Baptist Church.


Obituary from: Anchorage Daily News, November, 19, 2023

Obituary from:  Farrar Funeral Home, Farmerville, LA

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11/20/23 12:04 PM #1    

Jay Hoffman

I was just telling a "Paul Hayes" story recently. I am definitely one of the young men (not so young anymore) that Paul mentored and helped. He'll always have a special place in my heart. Rest in peace my friend and thank you. 

11/20/23 01:01 PM #2    

Jim Plaquet

Paul Hayes was a great man and a legend as a Alaskan pipeliner.  I worked for him building pipelines on the North Slope and the trans Alaskan pipeline.  Job well done my friend.  Your legacy in Alaska will live on!


11/20/23 01:40 PM #3    

Nita McCallum

OMG... I adored Paul. He was such a gentleman. Everytime something would happen that OM&S couldn't fix on their own we would call on HCC I'll never forget Paul's famous response to "Hey Paul...we got a problem" he would say "Honey, you don't have a problem that money can't fix". Craig worked for him for years and will certainly repeat Jim and Jay's words. Some people you just never forget. Hugs for his girls.

11/21/23 10:07 AM #4    

Phil (Cowboy) Sykes

I worked with and for Paul for many years and enjoyed the projects, Paul was hard but fair and we got'em done. Rest in peace Paul.

11/21/23 05:29 PM #5    

Bill Howitt

I really wish I had known Paul Hayes.  It's rare for so many people (that I truely respect) to have nothing but good things to say about a person. He must have been a really good and interesting "can do" person. RIP Paul.

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