Howard (Duckey) R. Hayes, Jr

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

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
    joyce honeycutt says:
    I will miss Howard. We all had some pretty good times and Howard is one of the people you can never forget. We all lost someone special,especially Shirley,Jimmy & David.God bless you all.

  • March 23, 2009
    terry caulder says:
    shirley,jimmy,david im so sorry for your loss,ive known howard a real long time,he was a great friend as all the family was,i know he is in heaven now,no pain just happeness.its been along time since i seen him but he still looked the same.he will be greatly missed.GOD BLESS YOU ALL and i will keep you in my prayers. goodbye howard my friend till we meet again in heaven.

  • March 30, 2009
    shirley lloyd says:
    Howard, we went through alot the past 2 years.we gotten closer and we will see you again in Heaven one day.we love you and miss you very much we will never forget you. you were one of Gods miracles.