Obituary: Clayton Reece Hayes


Clayton Reece Hayes, age 78, of Cullman, Alabama passed away at Cullman Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Clayton was born June 3, 1943 in Florence, Alabama to Evert T. and Helen Carolyn Hayes.

Clayton is survived by his wife of 58 years: Barbara Fagan Hayes; his daughters: Melissa Hayes (Doug) King and Tina Hayes (Dale) Snead; his grandchildren: Skylar (Sarah) King, Kristen King (Bobby) Lang, Allison Snead (Noah) Allcorn and Anna Snead; his brothers: Ronald (Nadine) Hayes, Randy (Regina) Hayes and Phillip (Debbie) Hayes and his sisters: Carolyn (Tim) McCluskey, Edith (Late husband- Edward) Grigsby, Brenda (Daniel) Creasy, Faye (Sam) Chandler, Doris Creasy, Mary (Jack) Handley and Myra (Danny) Arnold.

Clayton graduated from Central High School, in Florence, in 1962. After school, Clayton started working in the newspaper industry, where he worked as a production manager for “The Florence Times,” in Florence, Alabama, “The Clearwater Sun” in Clearwater, Florida and “The Cullman Times” in Cullman, Alabama. In 1990, he started the Alabama Web Press with partner Brownie Price. Starting his own business was a lifetime dream come true. Clayton was a member of the Cullman Church of Christ and served as a deacon for many years working in benevolence where he could do what he loved–helping people. Clayton enjoyed singing and going to church, he loved his God, his family, spending time with friends and he was a true sports fan.

A celebration of life visitation for Clayton will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Cullman Church of Christ, Cullman, AL 35058. A celebration of life funeral service will occur at 11:00 a.m. An interment will occur at Cullman City Cemetery (812 9th Ave SW, Cullman, Alabama 35055).

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Clayton’s memory may be made to Cullman Church of Christ, 4345 Alabama Hwy 157, Cullman, Alabama 35055.