Mr. Hayes was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Groveton to Hiram Eugene and Margaret Edna Hayes. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was retired from Ajax Supply Company.
He was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Hayes Jr.; a grandson, Ryan Gonzales; and four brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Spitzer of Sandia and Becky Gonzales of Daisetta; one son, Bobby Joe Hayes of Corpus Christi; a brother, Joe Ted Hayes of Baytown; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Dobie Funeral Home Chapel.