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Southern Christian Advocate, issue dated November 6, 1919, Vol 83 #14 pg 11 col 1,
provided by Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:

Truss B Hayes---When the writer entered Wofford College in the Fall of 1899, he soon met and formed a friendship with Rembert K Hayes of Marion County. In 1907 at the Conference in Gaffney, the writer was sent to Little Rock circuit near the home of Rembert Hayes, and the friendship of college days was renewed. In 1911 he was sent to Little Pee Dee circuit and became pastor of the subject of this sketch, the father of Rembert, whose untimely death had occurred in the interim. This friendship for the boy made an entre into the home of the father, then residing upon his plantation near Union Church, and this acquaintance ripened into a warm reciprocal friendship during the three years in which that charge was served. In 1913, Brother Hayes moved to Pages Mill, next door to the parsonage, and during the balance of my pastorate he and I became daily companions which meant much to me. Because of that friendship it is my privilege to pay this last tribute to his memory.

Truss B Hayes was born January 23, 1836 and died March 23, 1918 at his home in Pages Mill, now Lake View. He was converted and joined the Church when a young man and remained in good standing until his death. He served the Church faithfully in almost every official capacity---as steward, Sunday school superintendant, trustee, and he loved his Church with a steadfast love all through life. Brother Hayes was not a rich man, but he owned splendid property and was among the largest contributors to the Church of which he was a member. He was kind and considerate of his pastor, fond of having him in his home, and in many ways showed his appreciation of his attention. It was a pleasure for me to live by him and to be with him in the ripe years of his old age.

Brother Hayes was twice married--first to Miss Sarah Cornelia Nance on December 22, 1875, and to this union were born four children, Martha Aurilla (now Mrs D O Edwards), Ina Cornelia (now Mrs Rufus Edwards), Rembert Kendre and Joseph Truss. On December 7, 1897, Brother Hayes was married the second time, this time to Miss Walker Hayes, a distant cousin. To them were born two girls, Ethel and Bessie, who now reside with their mother at the home in Lake View. Rembert was the only one of the six children to precede the father into the after life. They all married and established homes of their own.

Truss B Hayes was a good man, an exemplary citizen, a loyal member of the Masonic Lodge with which honours he was buried, a kind father, and faithful husband, a loyal and true member of the Church. He was true to his obligations, a man of his word, whose word was his bond, devoted and kind and true to his friends. He lived to a ripe old age, respected and honored of men, and as he descended to the sunset of life he grew in favor with God and man. His loved ones have inherited the most blessed inheritance of an honored father of an honored name. So mote it be. Amen.
W C Owen

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 9 Aug 2002.


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