Howard (Duckey) R. Hayes, Jr

May 8, 1956 - March 16, 2009
Howard (Duckey) R. Hayes, Jr

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Howard (Duckey) R. Hayes, Jr.

Howard Rufus Hayes, Jr., 52, of 15 Castle Street, Wilmington died March 16, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with his family and friends by his side.

Howard was born May 8, 1956 in Raeford, NC. the son of the late Dorothy J. Hayes and Howard R. Hayes, Sr.

Mr. Hayes loved life and he never met a stranger. He loved working with his hands, painting, making things and carpentry.

After life threatening injuries in 2007, he accepted Christ. He went to Seaside Chapel in Carolina Beach and visited Sunset Baptist Church.

Also preceding him in death are brothers William Rufus Hayes and Bert Franklin Hayes.

Surviving are his brothers James Hayes and wife Tamera of Currie, NC, David Atkinson of Wilmington and sister Shirley Honeycutt and husband Lloyd of Wilmington, NC, aunt Louise Carroll and husband Kenneth of Wilmington, NC, uncle R.B Jones of Rockingham, NC. There are many nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral service will be 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Seaside Chapel. Dr. Michael Moore and Reverend Chris Wroten will officiate. Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday at Seaside. Burial will be 1:00 PM, Friday, March 20, 2009 in Raeford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Seaside Chapel Building Fund, 105 Dow Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • March 18, 2009
    james & tamera hayes , jon & david martin says:
    howard we will alwayes keep you close to our you (DUCKEY) your brother james.

  • March 18, 2009
    darnell&jjohn says:
    Jimmy&Tammy,Sorry to hear about your brother"s death.Our prayer's will be with all of your family at this time. from john hughes and darnell bond

  • March 18, 2009
    ricky busby says:
    jimmy &tammy , sorry to hear about howard'the duck' death. from ricky busby

  • March 19, 2009
    Linda West Robinson says:
    The last time that we saw Howard was at Jimmy's home.I remember that he looked well, and that he seemed genuinely happy to be there with his brother. Howard handmade a gift of a boat for me that I will always treasure, and I will not forget his kindness to me. My family wishes to send our sincere sympathy to all of Howard's family. May your faith help you to bear this loss. With deepest sympathies, Linda West Robinson Martin Robinson Marlena Robinson Leah Robinson Thomas Stevens

  • March 19, 2009
    Henry and Janet Capillary says:
    To all of Howard's family, We only knew Howard for a little over two years but, he had a dramatic impact on our lives. We developed such a close relationship with him. He became like a famiy member to us. We know that God saved Howard, from his life threating injury,a couple of years ago, for a purpose. What a blessing it was that the Lord let us be with Howard when he accepted Christ as his Savior.It was so exciting to see how the Lord changed him. We will always miss his smiling face and pleasing attitude. May God continue to bless your family. We love you. Henry and Janet