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Robert E. Hays, Jr.

March 31, 1945 — February 9, 2021

Robert E. Hays, Jr.

Robert E. “Bobby” Hays, Jr., 75 of Sarasota, FL, and formerly of Fairhaven (Preble County) OH, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 9, 2021, in Sarasota, FL. Born on March 31, 1945 in Columbus, MS, the son of the late Robert & Vera (Williams) Hays. 

He attended Fairhaven Elementary School, Columbus State School and Preble County/Eaton Workshop. Robert retired from Winn Dixie, North Fort Myers, FL. He was a former member of Fairhaven Community Church and Northside Baptist Church in North Fort Myers, FL. Preceded in death by Brothers: James Stephen Hays in 1947 and John Douglas Hays in 1951. 

Survived by Sisters and Brothers-In-Law: Linda & Randy Fetters, Lakewood Ranch, FL and Kimberly and Ron Stubblefield, Urbana, OH; Niece & Nephew: Renee Nicole (Ben) Teater and Erick Hays Crowe; 2 Grand Nieces & 2 Grand Nephews. 

Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, March 5, 2021, Barnes Funeral Home, 220 East Main Street, Eaton, OH. Interment will be in Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven, OH at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 6, 2021 with Rev. Dr. Richard Studebaker officiating. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are required to wear a facemask prior to entering the funeral home and practice social distancing. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Franklin Graham Ministries-Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Fund- P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at

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Past Services


Friday, March 5, 2021

6:00 - 7:00pm (Eastern time)

Barnes Funeral Home - Eaton

220 E. Main St, Eaton, OH 45320

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Graveside Service

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

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