Tonie Hayes

Tonie R. Hayes

Nov 13, 1951 - Sep 2, 2020
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Tonie Rhee Hayes, affectionately known as “Grammy”, age 68, of Toledo, passed away on September 2, 2020 at Promedica Toledo Hospital. Tonie was born on November 13, 1951 in Halls, TN to Ivey Jones and James Parker. She had a busy, happy life as a wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, and friend.

She symbolized her dedication to Jehovah on October 28, 1973 and was a faithful member of West Central and West congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. As a Regular Pioneer (full-time minister) for over 40 years, nothing brought her more joy than expressing her faith and love for the Bible to all who would listen. She will be fondly remembered for her love for Jehovah, zealous preaching, and teaching ability.

Tonie married the love of her life, James Hayes, on January 31, 1971 and they were happily married for over 49 years. She often expressed that he was her “best friend” and they cherished spending time together. They were a perfect team and a beautiful example of love, friendship, and marriage. She loved spending time with friends and family, especially having them over for a meal. Good food, lively conversation, and lots of laughter were her specialties. She also enjoyed traveling, shopping, cooking, and watching basketball.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Steve Jones.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband, James, daughters Carole Horn and Candace Sims; brothers Larry Jones and David (Pearl) Clark, sister LaBrenda Clark, special cousin who was like a sister Anna (Clifford) Glynn; grandchildren Kenton Anderson, Kelsey Horn, and Timothy Sims, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and close family friends.
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    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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Posted at 12:29pm
To the Hayes Family. we send our condolences . I have known your family for a long time, I remember as a child coming with my Dad on you guys Bible Study. Sis Hayes was always so encouraging to me while I was at West Cong. She will be missed very much. We send our Love. Michael and Desiree Early

Tara Ali

Posted at 10:41pm
James, Carole, Candice, and family. I will always remember how kind and loving Tonie was to me when I began attending West Central 42 years ago. I admired her zeal for the ministry and was happy to join her as a pioneer for a few years. She will surely be missed, especially her beautiful smile. I attached a picture I have kept over the years of the beautiful couple who always encouraged me and my family. May Jehovah strengthen and comfort you in the days ahead. Tara Ali

Marcellus R. (Marr) Edwards

Posted at 01:03am
James and Family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers! Jehovah is with you during this time and in the very near future when all those in the Memorial Tombs will hear King Jesus come out! (II Cor 1:2-4; John 5:28,29a)

Sending our Love, Marc & Vanessa Edwards (Charlotte, NC)

Milt & Debbie

Posted at 07:15pm
Our condolences to Tonie's family on her passing. Now and in the days ahead, during this time of covid, may Jesus our God of comfort hold you all in the palm of His hand as you remember her life. 'I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown'.

Anna Mae Glynn

Posted at 11:00pm
From the Glynn family, we’re going to miss you so much and all of our visit and fun we had together these are memories we will always cherish
When we watch our basketball games You will always be on her mind
Will always love you

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