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Terry Richard Hayes

Terry Richard Hayes, 76, a resident of Elkins, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, July 23, 2021, at Nella’s Nursing Home at Crystal Springs, Elkins West Virginia.

He was born Sunday, Oct. 22, 1944, at Des Moines, Iowa, a son of the late Forest Gayle and Edna Belle Squire Hayes.

On Aug. 20, 1967, at Toledo, Ohio, he was married to the former Susan Starks, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, David Hayes and wife, Emily, of Luckey, Ohio; one daughter, Rachel Hayes of Elkins; and six grandchildren, Alexander Mach, Heidi Mach, Noelle Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Isabelle Hayes and Savannah Gannon.

Preceding him in death is one brother, Robert William Hayes.

He attended the schools of San Antonio, Texas, and did his undergraduate work at New Mexico State University. He received a Master’s Degree from Denver University. He did some post graduate work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from West Virginia University. He was a Professor and the Chairman of Theatre Arts at Davis & Elkins College.

He was an active member of Friends of Fort Liberte. He fulfilled his childhood dream of being a train engineer for the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad for 20 years. He loved his grandchildren dearly and his favorite thing of all was having all six grandchildren together at the same time. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday. On Friday, July 30, 2021, Mr. Hayes will be moved to the Elkins Alliance Church, where Final Rites will be conducted at 10 a.m. The Rev. Cyril Johnston, Pastor Brice Payne and the Rev. Linda Roberts will officiate and interment will follow at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman, West Virginia.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Terry Richard Hayes.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.