Longtime physician, Dr. Robert Hays, dies

Dr. Robert D. Hays, 80, longtime Brady physician, practicing here for 50 years, died Tuesday, Aug. 8 at his home after an illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday (today) in the First Christian Church, Dr. John Stewart, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery under the direction of Leatherwood Colonial Funeral Home of Brady. Born Aug. 14, 1919, in Tulia, he was the son of Dr. Aaron Ross and Enid Turner Hays and his mother, Mary Eretta Carter Hays, he moved to Brady in 1949 after graduation from Tulane Medical School and opened a medical practice at the old Medical and Surgical Hospital located near downtown Brady with his partner, Dr. W.A. Hinchman. He married Mary Lou Holland on May 15, 1949 in New Orleans. Dr. Hays was a member of the First Christian Church where he served on a numerous of boards, he was also active in local organizations including the Brady Lions Club, the Brady Chamber of Commerce in which he was a past president, and the Boy Scouts. He also was a member of the National Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the Kimble, Menard and McCulloch County Medical Association. A member of the NRA, he was the former medical doctor of the City of Brady and the Brady ISD. A stockholder of TV Enterprises, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Caelum during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Brady; three daughters, Sheila Susan Robinson and her husband, Todd, and Marisha Lynne Chavers and her husband, Tony, all of Fairhope, Ala.; Mary Elisha Schu-mann and her husband, Leslie, of Doole; a brother, Dr. Jack Ross Hays of Montrose, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Shelly Hays Hartin and husband, David of San Angelo; Robert Aaron Hays of the home; Courtney Chavers and Andrew Chavers of Fairhope, Ala., Ian Robinson of Fairhope, Ala.; Riley Schumann and Will Schumann of Doole; and two special friends of 51 years, L.V. Ruffin and Sam McCollum III, both of Brady. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Aaron Ross and Enid Turner Hays; his mother, Mary Eretta Carter Hays; and a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Dell Hays, Jr., and his wife, Rita Adams Hays. The family requests donations be made to one of the following: First Christian Church of Brady, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

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