James Ernest "Ernie" Hayes, 91, of Linville Land Harbor, Newland, NC, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2014 following a brief period of declining health.

A genuine, caring individual, Ernie never met a stranger and loved his family and friends dearly. He cherished golf, a game he mastered and played for more than 70 years. He honed his skills to become a top amateur player during the peak of his playing days.

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