Jean Greene Hayes of Elizabethton, formerly of Boone, passed away Sunday morning, June 30, 2019.

Born in Boone, NC, Jean was a daughter of Reverend David and Mary Ann Isaacs Greene. She was a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church. Jean enjoyed making quilts and loved to cook. She was known for her delicious chicken & dumplings, macaroni & cheese, and German chocolate cake. The joys of her life were family gatherings and holidays when all her family would come together. For many years she was employed as a cook at Blowing Rock Country Club and Appalachian Ski Mountain. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert (Abb) Hayes and George Howell Hayes; five brothers, Henry (Jack), Dwight, Richard, Glenn and Tommy Greene; and sisters, Kate Hagaman and infant sister, Christina Greene.

Jean is survived by her children, Evelyn Dugger and husband, David, of Elizabethton, TN, Wanda Gentry and husband, Roger, of Mountain City, TN, Dale Reece and wife, Olive, of Meat Camp, and Melanie Shelton of Eminence, KY; Ab’s children, Rudy Hayes of Lenoir and Abby Hayes of Blowing Rock; nine grandchildren, Derek Cornett and wife, Tricia, and Sarah Younce and husband, Joseph, all of Elizabethton, TN, Teresa Gentry of Todd, Chad Gentry and wife, Brooke, of Brentwood, TN, Angie Holman and husband, Chris, of Todd, Steven Reece and wife, Jessica, of Deep Gap, Anthony Reece and wife, Jessica, of Chapin, SC, and Heather and Samantha Shelton, both of Eminence, KY; sixteen great-grandchildren, Steven and Abby Cornett, Haley and Elijah Younce, Brittany Stanton, Ethan Gentry, Chris McNinch, and Devon, Liam and Taylor Reece, Alexis Saunders, Ryan Austin, Zane Shrader, Aubry Evans and Noah and Aiden Denney; two great-great-grandchildren, Grayson Cornett and Adaline Saunders; two brothers, Reverend JC Greene of Vilas and Ronda Greene of Newburn, TN; and two sisters, Lucille Reece of Elizabethton, TN and Lillian McCray of Sugar Grove.
A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Jean Hayes will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, July 3rd, at 1 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Frank Wood and Rev. Peter Vandenberg. The family will receive friends from noon until 1 o’clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will follow at Mt. Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Rutherwood Baptist Church, 142 Don Hayes Road, Boone, NC 28607.

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