James David Hayes, 53, of Fairfield died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home.

He was born the son of David and Bonnie (Thomson) Hayes on April 28, 1964 in Kirksville.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and was stationed in Germany.

He moved to Fairfield and was employed in many jobs, from driving a truck to working in manufacturing.   He was an avid reader, with a variety of interests.   Jim enjoyed reading the encyclopedia.   He would spend his free time visiting with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents – Jim Crook, Amy Thomson, Dick Hayes and Wilma Clark.

He is survived by his daughters: Kristan (Anthony) Wright of Normal, IL and Amber Hayes (Allison Mathis) of Minonk, IL; parents, David and Bonnie Hayes of Memphis; grandson, Quinten Hayes of Minonk; brothers, Sam (Shelly) Hayes of Morton, IL and Tony Hayes of Pekin, IL; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 20 at the Barker Cemetery in northern Scotland County with Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Hayes family by signing the online guest register at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.