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494. Bennie Russell HAYS232 was born on 14 April 1905 in Crawford County, Arkansas.238 He died on 7 January 1989 at the age of 83 in Blytheville, Mississippi County, Arkansas.232,238

Moved to Blytheville in 1935.

1940 Census. Chickasawba Twp, Blytheville, Mississippi Co, AR, Hh 326
B. Russell Hays, 35, b. AR, lived in same place in 1935, Proprietor, Retail Store
Ardevene, wife, 31, b. Kansas
Benny R., son, 4
Ardevene M., dau, 4

World War II Draft Registration - no date, but surely 1942
Bennie Russell Hays lived at 200 East Main St, Blytheville, Mississippi Co, AR. He was born 14 Apr 1905 in Van Buren. His wife Ardavene May Hays would always know his address. Her address was 209 Dugan St., Blytheville. His employer was A. W. Hays (his uncle) at 200 East Main.
He was 5'11" tall, 215 lbs with gray eyes and brown hair.
The Jonesboro Sun
Tuesday, January 10, 1989
HAYS B. Russell Hays, 83, of Blytheville, retired president of Hays Store Inc., died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hopsital in Memphis following a long illness. Born in Uniontwon, he had been a resident of Blytheville since 1935. A member of the First Christian Church in Blythville.
 Hays was a past president of teh Blytheville School Board, the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce and Blytheville Country Club, of which he was a charter member. He was a past vice-president of the Farmers Soybean Cooperative, a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Blytheville for more than 35 years and was an honoraty member at the time of his death.
Hays also was a member of the Blytheville Unlimited Committee, a past member of the Blytheville Lions Club, a deacon of the First Christian Church at Blytheville for many years, a member of the Sales and Marketing Executive of Northeast Arkansas and an active sports enthusiast.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. May Hays of the home; one son, Benny R Hays Jr. of Jonesboro, one daughter, Mrs. Sissie Hays Black of Osceola; five brothers. W C Hays, Paul Hays, Donald Hays and Earl Hays, all of Van Buren, and Hadley Hays of Jackson, Tenn.; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Kilgore, Mrs. Mary Deffenbaugh and Mrs. Dorothy Vines, all of Van Buren and Five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 3:30 pm this afternooon in First Christian Church of Blytheville with Rev William Hammonds and Rev Paul Kirkindall officiating.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery of Blytheville under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville. Those wishing to leave lasting memorials are asked to consider the First Christian Church in Blytheville, the Blytheville YMCA or the Mississippi County Rescue Mission.

Blytheville Courier
Monday, January 9, 1989
B. Russell Hays, 83, dies Saturday.
B. Russell Hays, 83 of Blytheville, died Satarday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was born in Union Town.
On 1 Jan 1935, Mr. Hays opened the first Blytheville Hays Store. His leadership and expertise in the retail business has made the Hays' name synonymous with the grocery retail business in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. He was president of Hays Stores, Inc. until his retirement.
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Bennie and wife are buried Elmwood Cemetery, Blytheville.

Bennie Russell HAYS and Beulah Ardavene MAY were married on 1 January 1933 in Muskogee County, Oklahoma.238 Beulah Ardavene MAY was born on 16 February 1909 in Kansas.154 She died on 29 April 2005 at the age of 96 in Blytheville, Mississippi County, Arkansas.

Marriage License, Muskogee Co, OK shows Russell was age 27, of Uniontown, Crawford Co, AR and Beulah was 23 of Pittsburg, Kansas. They were married on 1 Jan 1933 by Hugh J. Lloyd, a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

She is listed in the obituary of B. Russell Hays as his wife May Hays.

The Jonesboro Sun
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Beulah Ardavene Hays
BLYTHEVILLE -- Beulah Ardavene Hays, 96, of Blytheville died Friday, April 29, at Beverly Health Care Manor at Rogers.
Born at Pittsburg, Kan., she was a retired registered nurse and a longtime Blytheville resident. She was a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist School of Nursing and served as a Red Cross nurse. She was a member of the GSWC Women's Club of Blytheville, the Garden Club, Christian Women's Fellowship and First Christian Church. Survivors include one daughter, Sissie Hays Black of Bentonville; four granddaughters, Marianne Hays, Shari Ruth Hays, Susan Black Garza and Karen Black Frederick; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Russell Hays; one son, Benny R. Hays Jr.; her parents, Charles Harmon and Beulah Elizabeth Phillps May; four sisters; two brothers; and one grandson.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church of Blytheville, with Dr. Tommy Joe Carney officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, the Mississippi County Union Mission or the Blytheville Women's Club.

The Commercial Appeal
Memphis, Tennessee
May 1 2005
Blytheville -- Beulah Ardavene Hays, 96, retired registered nurse, died Friday in Rogers. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Blytheville First Christian Church, where she was a member, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Cobb Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist School of Nursing and a member of GSWC Women's Club, Garden Club and Christian Women's Fellowship. Mrs. Hays, the widow of Bennie Russell Hays, leaves a daughter, Sissie Hays Black of Bentonville, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bennie Russell HAYS and Beulah Ardavene MAY had the following children:



Bennie Russell HAYS Jr. was born on 26 May 1935.238 He died on 28 August 1998 at the age of 63 in Blytheville, Mississippi County, Arkansas.261



Ardavine May "Cissy" HAYS (private).238