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June 30, 1921 issue of the Southern Christian Advocate Vol 85 # 30 pg 13 col 1
from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:

Rev Wilson Hayes-The subject of this sketch was born near Kirby's Crossroads in upper Marion County (now Dillon), on April 19, 1835, and died at the home of his son, Mr Thomas R Hayes, February 11, 1920.

On Dec 1, 1858, Mr Hayes was married to Miss Nancy E. Tart. Of this union, several sons and daughters were born.

In early life, Mr Hayes joined Bethesda Methodist Church of which he was a faithful and loyal member continuously till his death. He was superintendent of the Sunday School of this church for a number of years and was for many years perhaps the most faithful steward the church ever had. In this particular field he had but few equals in faithfulness and efficiency. Until advancing years prevented him from doing so, he rarely ever missed a quarterly conference.

He was always a friend to the Methodist preacher, especially did he extend words of cheer and welcome to the newly arrived pastor of his church.

Many years ago, "Uncle" Wilson, as he was affectionately known, was licensed to exhort and continued work in this capacity in Bethlehem and Bethesda churches till a few months before his death. At these churches, he usually preached once a month and always had a message for both young and old which carried conviction because of its humble simplicity and because of the sincerity of the man.

In the death of our brother, Methodism in these parts has suffered a distinct loss.

The writer has missed him because of his friendliness and interest in us, but he has left a record of noble deeds of which his friends and relatives need not be ashamed.
J S Fair, Mallory, SC

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Aug 2002.


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