Southern Christian Advocate, Vol 78 #8 pg 15 col 1 August 6, 1914
from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:
HAYES---J Martin Hayes was born near Kemper, SC., Dillon County, February 3, 1873. Descended from Chrisitan parents and reared in a home of Christian influence, he was endowed with strong character as an asset with which to begin life. His father was Wilson Hayes and his mother Caroline Martin, both of whom preceded him to the grave. Brought up in wholesome country surroundings his youth was normal and happy. In 1880, during a great revival at Hopewell Church, he was converted. His membership was held at Union Methodist Church, where he remained a consistent member until his death. Martin Hayes was a man of strong convictions. He did not swerve from what he thought was his duty. To his rfiends (sp) he was loyal, and to those in need he was a friend, never refusing to help where he could. He was modest, unassuming, and to know him well was to appreciate his real worth. He served his Church as Sunday school superintendent, and for many years was a faithful steward. He served his county and community in many ways tending towards progress. Just before his death he was agent of farm demonstration work. He was a member of the Order of Free Masons, and at the time of his death was serving his fifth term as Worshipful Master in his lodge. He was a Shriner, also a Woodman of the World. It seems untimely--his being thus taken in the prime of life, in the midst of his usefulness. We knew his sterling worth to his Church and community, and we shall miss him sadly. He was universally loved and respected, and possessed many fine qualities that were especially appreciated by his intimate friends. May his life inspire in us more that is worthy and good. Another home has been broken up---another strong man gone. He was energetic, industrious, a progressive planter. In trying to operate the gin himself in order to get some special planting seed, his arm was drawn into the gin and cut to pieces, which accident caused his death two months later March 16, 1914. His suffering was intense, but he bore it bravely and expected his death. His nature was kind, gentle and sympathetic. It was beautiful to see his devotion to his mother in her last days, as he tenderly ministered to her needs. Brothers and sisters will miss him greatly, especially his younger sister who lived with him several years before her marriage. He was a blessing to his family circle. May the blessing and comfort of our Father be theirs.
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Aug 2002.
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