CAMILLA -- Walter Donald Hays, Sr., 87, of Hopeful, died Monday, January 16, 2012 at Willson Hospice House in Albany.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19 at Hopeful Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery with military honors. Rev. Jimmy Albritton and Rev. Ronnie Kinsaul will officiate.

Active pallbearers include Mathew Watts, Christopher Watts, Adam Watts, Will George, Aaron Collins, and Daniel Hays. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bobby Rogers Sunday School Class.

Born September 16, 1924 in Mitchell County, Mr. Hays was the son of the late Walter Bright and Ethel Ona Bullard Hays. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Mathews Hays. Mr. Hays was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Hopeful Baptist Church. He was a farmer and owned and operated Donald Hays Pulpwood Company. Mr. Hays was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Trae Hays and Dawn Hays.

Survivors include four daughters, Terri Watts of Pelham, Susan Sieczka of Camilla, Becky George & husband, Bill, of Dallas, GA, and Marsha Youngblood & husband, Hank, of Sylvester; three sons, Donald "Knotty" Hays, Jr. of Dallas, TX, Bright Hays & wife, Anne, of Pelham, and Greg Hays & wife, Mary Lynn, of Hopeful; a sister, Emmie Lou Lewis of Hopeful; 17 grandchildren, Jessica Turner, Ashleigh Pollock, Kristy Watts, Mathew Watts, Christopher Watts, Emily Tucker, Adam Watts, Kiley Hays, Kim Hays, Kathy Collins, Becca Burnett, Aaron Collins, Will George, Betsy Mackey, Molly Barnard, Abby Hembree, and Daniel Hays; and 27 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews; and devoted and loving caregivers, Rachel Lynn, Alan Mosley, and Teresa Smith; and housekeeper of many years, Geraldine Crump.

Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 18 at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home in Camilla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Headquarters, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718, GA Sheriff's Boys Ranch, P. O. Box 100, Hahira, GA 31632, Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309-1465, or the charity of your choice.

Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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