Dale County Stories
Eustus Howard E.H. Hayes
Eustus Howard (E.H.) Hayes was born on 2 April 1923 in Gadsden County, Florida and died on 4 April 1983 in Ozark, Alabama in Dale County. E.H. was the son of Foriece Wilborn Hayes who was born on 2 May 1900 in Bristol, Florida and died 27 September 1967 in Quincy, Florida and Eula Alderman who was born 20 February 1889 in Bartow, Florida and died 13 January 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Foriece Wilborn Hayes was the son of Henry Hayes who was born on 2 March 1875 and died on 28 May 1931 in Carrabelle, Florida and Frances Drucilla Chason who was born on 30 October 1877 in Carrabelle, Florida and died on 2 April 1941 in Greensboro, Florida.
Henry Hayes was the son of Wilborn Hayes who was born born in 1844 in Poplar Head (now Dothan), Alabama and died in 1878 in Bristol, Florida and Susan Elizabeth Lynn who was born on 8 February 1841 in Iron City, Georgia and died on 19 December 1906 in Bristol,Florida. Henry Hayes is reported to be the first White child born in Bristol.
Wilborn Hayes was the son of Elijah Hayes who was born in 1816 in Sumpter, South Carolina and died on 14 September 1897 and Mary Harrod who was born in South Carolina and died in 1860/1870. Elijah and Mary were early settlers of Dothan, then known as Poplar Head. Elijah is buried in Prospect Cemetery in Dothan. Mary is buried in Piney Grove Cemetery located south of Dothan.
Elijah's parents were Elijah Hayes and Charity ? born about 1775 and 1779 of South Carolina. Whose parents were Elijah Hays born about 1746 and Amey Clark of Mariboro, South Carolina.
After graduating from high school, E.H. took a job with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, later to become the Seaboard Coastline Railroad. E.H. worked as a Telegraph Operator, Ticket and Freight Agent for a total of 41 + years.
E.H. married Lillie Mae White of Highland Home, Alabama on 12 April 1944 in Bainbridge, Georgia. He registered for the draft while a resident of Dale County. Consequently,E.H. was inducted into service from Ozark in May 1944. He served approximatly two years in the Navy, returning to his RR job in Climax, Georgia.
In July 1946, E.H. and Lillie moved to Ozark
which became their home. They had five children:
In 1971 Lillie became a LPN and worked twenty five + years at DMC. She is now retired and active in genealogy research.
E.H. had a great love for genealogy and compiled
and published various records. Some of these included:
Many of the Decatur County and neighboring Counties are now on the internet.
Found on the Ga-Gen-Web- Decatur Co & Ga-Gen-Web Archives for researchers. The devoted efforts of Eustus Howard Hayes in genealogy has helped and continues to help many people in this area.
Submitted by Lillie Hayes
Mr. Hayes and his wife, Lillie, came to Dale County. "After work," according to his widow, "he could always be found in a cemetery, even in very hot or very cold, damp weather, writing down cemetery inscriptions. He just loved doing it! Every night, he would take out all of his notes and spend the evening alphabetizing and typing them. He and his family were members of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. So, it was truly a work of love for him.
It was in this manner that he not only put together a respected and much used cemetery census of Dale County, but those of other Wiregrass counties as well. Unfortunately, his research does not include the census of many of Dale County's African American cemeteries. The Dale County Genealogical and Historical Society plans to do a new cemetery census that will be inclusive of all known cemeteries in Dale County by the year 2003.
Submitted by: The Dale County Heritage Book Committee
Source: Conversations with Mrs. Lillie Hayes,
Dale County Stories from The Creel Richardson
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