Melba Greer Hayes, age 88, of Boomer, passed away Monday, December 16, 2019 at Woltz Hospice House.

Melba was born January 16, 1931 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Albert and Rebecca Carlton Greer. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three sons, Jonathan Hayes and wife Marian of Palos Hills, Illinois, David Hayes and wife Catherine of Chicago, Illinois, Phillip Hayes and wife Jennifer of Orlando Park, Illinois; two daughters, Rebecca Kurm of California and Patricia Halley of Chicago, Illinois; 15 grandchildren, Meghan Caruso, Kelly Robinson, Ryan Hayes, Gerald Hayes, Jason Hayes, Jayme Conners, Jonathan Halley, Pamela Clark, Danny Keith Hayes, Steven Hayes, Sarah Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Kathleen Hayes, Mary Dalzell, Lisa Halley, Holly Kurm Titsworth, Joseph Kurm and Christian Hayes; seventeen great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Gilbert of Wilkes County; one daughter-in-law, Harvetta Hayes of Georgia, and a special cousin, Jay Carlton and wife Caroline of Boomer, North Carolina.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Smith Hayes; two sons, Danny Harold Hayes and an infant son, Ronnie Hayes; one son-in-law, Jerry Halley; four brothers and eight sisters. 

Funeral services for Melba Greer Hayes will be conducted Saturday morning, December 21, 2019, at 11:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Pastor Gordon Noble. Burial will follow in the Rhymer Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.

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