Jane Ernestine Hays, age 85, went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 11, 2012. She passed away at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Ward Hayes officiating. Interment will be at Sweetwater Cemetery. McCoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jane was born May 20, 1927 in Cochran, Georgia.
She married Joe Ray Hays Oct. 2, 1945, in Warner Robins, Georgia and moved to Sweetwater where they owned and operated Texas Packing Company, Hays Meat and Provisions and Hays Repair Mart. Jane also managed and worked for Gillâ€™s Fried Chicken in Sweetwater for 17 years.
Survivors include Don Ray and Gloria Hays of San Antonio, Texas, John Phillip Hays of Sweetwater; daughters, Carol Kohutek of San Angelo, Texas, Vicki Burkhalter of Tye, Texas and Joe Ann Buff of Sweetwater; sisters, Shirley Smith of Cochran, Georgia and Mae King of Katy, Texas. Jane had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; her parents; a sister, Jeynell Little; and a brother, John Berryhill.
Pallbearers will be Travis Hays, Casey Buff, Chris Buff, John Sanderson, Willie Patocka and Cameron Patocka.Â
The family would like to acknowledge the nursing staff at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Nolan Rehab and Nursing and special thanks to the kind people at Integra Care Hospice in Snyder, Texas for the warmth and care for our mother. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Integra Care Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed at mccoyfh.com.