J. Dennis Hayes

Born in Nashville, TN on March 1, 1948

Departed on April 28, 2015 and resided in Nashville, TN

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J. Dennis Hayes “Pappy” – Age 67, passed away April 28, 2015. Dennis was the Director of Maintenance/ Facilities at the TN Department of Corrections. He is survived by wife of 41 years, Shelley Hayes; children, Ashley Hayes and Eric (Melissa) Hayes; grandsons, Rylan Hayes, Hunter Hayes, and Chase Dennis Hayes; brothers, Mike Hayes and Randall (Renee) Hayes. A visitation will be on Friday from 4-7pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday from 3-8pm, at the Richmeade Clubhouse (401 Bowling Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205). WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, 6962 Charlotte Pike


30 Comments to Mr. J. Dennis Hayes

  1. Linda wood
    April 29, 2015 5:47 pm

    We will miss you Dennis. May you rest in peace. Condolences to the family. He was loved by so many.

  2. Terry merritt
    April 29, 2015 5:56 pm

    So sorry to have heard this, he will be greatly missed by many people. Prayors going out to the family

  3. Ronnie henson
    April 29, 2015 6:14 pm

    Dennis will be greatly missed. Worked with him for many years. Deepest sympathy to his wife and family

  4. Betsy Fletcher
    April 29, 2015 6:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Will miss his smile and laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. Sandie and jimmy Akers
    April 29, 2015 7:26 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Dennis was a very sweet man he will be missed very much.

  6. Samantha Hall
    April 29, 2015 8:29 pm

    Rest in peace my friend. You will be sorely missed.

  7. Dr. Ken Williams
    April 29, 2015 9:14 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. I sincerely enjoyed him for the short time I knew him. He was a gentle person. Thank you for sharing him with us!

  8. Roger Shaw
    April 29, 2015 9:27 pm

    Dennis was such an overwhelmingly positive force in the lives of so many friends and colleagues throughout the years. TDOC has certainly lost a great deal with his passing, but his influence will live on in the form of those he taught and mentored. Rest in peace my friend.

  9. Bill Howell
    April 29, 2015 10:00 pm

    Rest in peace old friend.

  10. Kathy Arnold
    April 29, 2015 10:15 pm

    Thank you, Dennis! Thank you for always making the work environment a place to laugh at all the crazy around us! I miss your honesty and laughter!

  11. connie niece
    April 30, 2015 5:35 am

    Rest in Peace Dennis Thank you for all you did! My prayers to the family

  12. David Gaines
    April 30, 2015 7:30 am

    Lord, welcome your servant Dennis into your household and grant your peace to those whom he left behind to grieve. Rest in Peace my friend.

  13. Lisa Henson
    April 30, 2015 7:39 am

    Rest in Peace Our loveable Teddy Bear with the heart of gold. I will miss you Dennis you were a true and honest friend who always made whoever’s life you touch that much richer even if not just for a second. My prayers go out to your family.

  14. Candace Whisman
    April 30, 2015 7:49 am

    To Dennis’ wife Shelley and family, my heart and prayers go out to you. Dennis was a wonderful person full of life and loved his family so much. He had a heart of gold, a wonderful laugh and sense of humor. I will miss him much, along with so many of us he worked with for so many years.

  15. Gayle
    April 30, 2015 8:37 am

    Shelley, Ashley & Eric, I am praying for you. My heart hurts for the loss of Dennis. We have shared a love for each other all our lives. I will miss him so much. Aunt Gayle

  16. Gayle Ray
    April 30, 2015 8:59 am

    The loss of Dennis touches so many. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he took his job seriously and performed it professionally and ably. His twinkly eyes, teasing words, and straight talk often kept his colleagues on their toes and willing to go the extra mile. A great loss for all who knew him.

  17. Sharmila Patel
    April 30, 2015 9:10 am

    Dennis was a good friend and a kind soul; I am grateful for those many years of friendship. I’m going to miss him–his stories, his jokes, the way he liked to tease me (always in good fun), the look of love and pride he had on his face when he talked about his grandkids and family.

    To his family, I offer my sympathy and my prayers that you find comfort in the good memories.

  18. Devita Shaw
    April 30, 2015 9:12 am

    My prayers and condolences to you. Dennis will will be greatly missed. May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding comfort and keep you.

  19. Cindy Darby
    April 30, 2015 9:23 am

    I am so sorry that you have lost Dennis. He was a sweet man & a great dad & grandpa. His smile was such a bright light.

  20. Jeanine C. Miller
    April 30, 2015 10:21 am

    I am sorry for your loss; you have my deepest condolences. Dennis was a sweet and kind man that will be missed by many.

    God bless you in your time of sorrow.

  21. Paula Lovett
    April 30, 2015 1:45 pm

    Dennis will be missed by all of his neighbors. He was always willing to help out whenever he could.
    Condolences to the family. His smile will be missed.

  22. alan mccarthy
    April 30, 2015 2:31 pm

    He was really a nice guy. May you rest in peace. I had the pleasure to work with him awhile back at TDOC. He was a joy.

  23. Tom Giese
    April 30, 2015 6:28 pm

    Rest in peace dear friend; I send warm gentle prayers to Shelly and your family.

    We worked together for 25 years at the State; you always gave your very best to those needing your help–especially me.

    Your big heart, warm smile and generous laugh will be missed.

  24. Roland Colson
    May 1, 2015 7:56 am

    I never saw you deliver a cross word. You always had such a wonderful smile on your face and twinkle in your eye. I am confident you now rest with the Master. Each of us are here on this earth such a short time. You showed us all how to treat your fellow friend. Rest in peace my friend, til we meet again.

  25. Bruce Fields
    May 1, 2015 8:39 am

    My deepest condolences to family and friends

  26. Kathy Hiller
    May 1, 2015 11:07 am

    I just ran into Dennis recently with his family and was very sorry to hear of your loss. I really enjoyed his smile and jokes at TDOC. He will be dearly missed.

  27. todd victor
    May 1, 2015 12:11 pm

    The sheer number of responses tells you everything you need to know about this wonderful husband, father, brother and mentor to so many. It is time to rest now my friend.

  28. Nola Jennen
    May 1, 2015 3:53 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and close friends. Dennis was one of my favorite friends at work. He was always helpful with work problems or solutions. His smile and personality will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

  29. Debra A. Hudson
    May 2, 2015 9:45 am

    Dennis was a kind person with a big heart. I will miss his laughter and smile which depicted the kind of person he was. He will be missed by his colleagues at the Tennessee Department of Correction but not forgotten.

  30. Terry Bonham
    May 11, 2015 3:07 pm

    I just found out about Dennis’ passing. He was a good friend. We started our professional careers together at Metro Parks at Two Rivers Golf Course back in 1971.
    Dennis was a great guy. He was always positive and enjoyed having fun on the job. We learned a lot together.
    I will miss seeing him occasionally in downtown Nashville at lunch hour. May he rest in peace.

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