Funeral services for Archie T. (Hank), 53, 123 15th Street, Van Buren, Arkansas, were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Van Buren with the Rev. James Dwiggins, the Rev. Lester Nye, the Rev. Edwin Burris and the Rev. Murl Walker officiating. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery with Ocker Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Hays, who died Monday in a local hospital, was co-owner and manager of the Hays Food Store in Van Buren. He was a navy veteran of World War II, a member of the First Baptist Church, vice-chairman of the Board of Deacons, teacher of the Young Married Department at First Baptist Church and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He began his career in the grocery business at the age of 15 when he worked on Saturdays as a package boy at the Hays and Oliver Grocery Store in Van Buren [his Uncle Arthur's store]. In 1938, and for a period of about three years, he worked for Whitt Bourns, also in the grocery business.
Following his tour of duty with the U. S. Navy during Word War II Hays worked for the Hays Food Co. of Blytheville, owned by A. W. Hays, an uncle, and B. R. Hays, a brother. From there he went to Sikeston, Missouri where he worked for about three years for the Liberty Cash Grocery, but he then moved to Van Buren to work at the old Market Basket, owned then by Jim Sargent and Paul Bercher.
In 1968 he opened the Town and Country Supermarket who had acquired the store from Grady Putman. He took over management and co-ownership of the present Hays Food Store in 1970.
He is survived by his wife; two sons; two daughters;; seven brothers; and four sisters.
Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church.
CAROLYN JOHNSON, CHAIRMAN OF THE CRAWFORD COUNTY CANCER SOCIETY, SAID TODAY A SPECIAL HANK HAYS MEMORIAL FUND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. She said, she is accepting contributions to the Memorial fund at her home address. Star Route, Van Buren, Arkansas.
1930 Census. Cove City, Crawford Co AR, Hh 8
Archie Theodore HAYS and Mildred Alma JOHNS had the following children: