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Originally published: 2014-03-03 15:17:54
Last modified: 2014-03-03 16:59:13

Charles Jerry Hayes

Charles Jerry 'C. J.' Hayes, 77, of Gladys Street, Boone, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center. 

Born May 7, 1936, in Watauga County, he was a son of Carl Marion and Emma Coffey Hayes.  C.J. was a member of the Boone Advent Christian Church.  After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, he began a 55-year career at the Appalachian Theater, retiring as manager.  He was a master at restoring antique cars. 

Most important in his life were his family and spoiling his granddaughters. 

Survivors include his wife, Polly Greene Hayes; daughter, Kelly Hayes Greene and husband, Keith; and two granddaughters, Kinsey and Kloie Greene, all of Boone; sister, Mary Davis and husband, Jim, of Lenoir; and brother, Jim Hayes and wife, Betty, of Harrisburg. A number of nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by a son, Chuck Hayes; and his parents, Carl Marion and Emma Coffey Hayes.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Boone Advent Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Gordon Noble.  The family received friends from 12:30 until 2 p.m. prior to services at the church.  Burial with military honors provided by American Legion Post 130 followed at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food or flowers, and suggests memorials to the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center Emergency Fund, Watauga Medical Center, 336 Deerfield Rd., Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

 Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hayes family.