Earl Hayden 94, went to Heaven February 09, 2015, from his home he built in Alanton in 1964. He grew up in Ocean View and always talked about the pony tracks and how he began working at 7 cleaning those tracks.
Left to cherish many beautiful memories are : Audrey, his wife of 67 years, and daughters: Renee Smith (Harold) and Rhonda Hayden. He took pride in his family and they meant everything to him.
Earl was a true American hero, having fought in WWII, most notably the Battle of the Bulge. He continued his public service at PWC, Norfolk Naval Base and retired in 1978 as Group Superintendent from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
When he was in his late 60’s he took golf lessons and played almost every day until he began working in the Pro Shop at Bow Creek. He worked there for several years and made many golfing buddies. He loved woodworking, building cabinets and furniture etc. and even built his second house when he was in his eighties. For several years he helped his wife and daughters pour and fire porcelain. He enjoyed doing craft shows as he loved meeting and talking to people.
Everywhere Earl went or whatever he was doing, he seemed to draw people to him. He was as near perfect as any human can be, always doing for others, sacrificing his time and self. His goodness earned him much love and respect by all who knew him.
Special thanks to his friend and “best buddy”, Mitch Austin who brightened his days in so many ways. We shall never forget Mitch and Maggie for the love and kindness that they have given. Special thanks to Hawk, who often visited Earl and always brought the best tomatoes and collards.
There will be no memorial service, internment will be at a later date. Please remember Earl by doing a good deed for someone in his name.
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So sorry to hear of your loss. The obituary was beautiful and described Mr. Hayden as I remember him. He always had a ready smile and kind words.
May God bless you & keep you through the coming days.
(I knew Mr. Hayden through my dad, Bobby Smitty Smith.)