Johnny Ralph Hayes, age 80, of Vilas, passed away Friday evening, March 12, 2021 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born October 16, 1940 in Watauga County, he was the son of the late William Ralph and Blanche Greene Hayes. Johnny was a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and working around the church. He was a retired building contractor and served in the National Guard for 22 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 130. He is survived by his wife, Sue Hayes, two sons, Doug Hayes of North Wilkesboro and Duane Hayes and wife Cyndie Dyer of Cary, two grandsons, Andrew and Simon Hayes of Cary, two step-children, Jim Parlier and wife Lori of Denver, NC and Michelle Williams and husband Chance of Newton, and two step-grandchildren, Josh Williams of Utah and Justin Harper of Baltimore, MD. In addition to his parents he was preceded by an infant sister and a sister, Annette Hayes. Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Hayes will be conducted Tuesday morning, March 16, 2021 at 11 am at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Those attending the service are requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Burial with military honors provided by American Legion Post 130 will follow in the Adams Cemetery. Friends may visit Austin & Barnes Funeral Home, Monday, March 15, 2021 from noon until 5 pm to sign the guest register and pay their respects. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Adams Cemetery Fund, in care of Jerry Greer, 3549 Old 421 South, Boone, NC 28607 or to Gideons International, Boone Camp, PO Box 3602, Boone, NC 28607.

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