Thomas “Tom” Charles Hayes, 69, of Lexington, Missouri passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, November 18, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Lexington, MO with Reverend Everett Hannon, Jr. and Reverend Aubrey Burk officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the church. 

Burial will be in the Rolla Cemetery in Rolla, MO at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 23, 2012.  All family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. Friday to form a formal procession to the cemetery at the First Assembly Of God Rolla, 1608 N. Oak St., Rolla, MO.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Lexington parking lot fund.  Condolences for the family may be left at

Tom was born on January 8, 1943 in Spring Creek Township, MO to Herman and Josie (Rowland) Hayes.  He graduated from Rolla High School.  After high school he attended Central Missouri State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, his Master’s Degree as a Guidance Counselor and Certification in Administration.  On July 29, 1967 he married Sherry Jean Fischer in St. Louis, MO, who survives of the home.

He served in the Army National Guard.  Tom was a Deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Lexington.  He served on the Lyons Memorial Foundation Board, Lafayette Regional Health Center Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce, Lexington Lions Club and many other community organizations.  Tom served as the Mayor of Lexington from 1998-2010.  In 1999 Coach Hayes retired from the Lexington School District after 34 years and had a total coaching career of over 40 years.  Tom is also an Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two children, Dr. Scott D. Hayes and wife Natalie of Eureka, MO and Christina “Tina” L. Lehr and husband David of Republic, MO; four grandchildren, Colin Hayes, Jackson Lehr, Fischer Hayes and Bennett Hayes; one brother, Allan Hayes and wife Susan in Davenport, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Bobby Hayes, Rollan Hayes, John Hayes, Paul Hayes and David Hayes; and a sister, Louise Moreland.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South Street, Lexington, Mo 64067 (660)259-2245