Funeral service followed by military rites at Exeter Cemetery for Bill Gene Hayes, 64, of Exeter were held on Nov. 4. He died on Nov. 2 at his home.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1940 in Bakersfield to Kelly and Thelma Lamar. He was raised in Bakersfield attending schools there. He served in the Coast Guard and later the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He married Rebecca Walker at Lake Tahoe on Feb. 16, 1980 and had moved to Exeter in 1978 working with Continental Telephone, which later became Verizon for 33 years. He had been a "VIP" with the Tulare County Sheriff Dept. and was a member of the American Legion Post 94 of Exeter.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Hayes of Exeter; children, Ashley and Curtis Hayes of Exeter; brothers, Sam, Cecil, and Charles all of Bakersfield.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Chapel of Exeter.

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