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Donald Ray Hayhurst, of Piney Run Community, passed away Friday (April 7, 2017) at his home.
He was born May 12, 1934, in Marion County, a son of the late Blaine and Martha (Hawkins) Hayhurst.
Donald, a graduate of East Fairmont High School, was a Christian by faith. He attended the Mount Sharon Free Methodist Church.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S. Vulcan, a life member of VFW Post No. 7048, a member of the American Legion and commander of the Disabled American Veterans No. 45.
He retired from the U.S. Post Service where he was the postal carrier for RR No. 1, Fairmont, and had served as a supervisor of the carriers.
Donald was a great singer and mandolin player who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the Sagebrush Round-Up, where he played in the stage band.
He is survived by his loving wife, M. Jane Hayhurst; his son, Ronnie Hayhurst and his wife Wendy of Bunner Ridge; his daughter, Debbie Friend and her husband Donald of Bunner Ridge; and his brother, Paul Hayhurst. Also surviving are his grandchildren and their spouses, Shannon and Nathan Barkley, Chandra Henderson, Michele and Michael Layman, Marla Henderson, Jeremy and Heather Hayhurst; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Tanner, Makayla, Kyle, Hailey, Emma, Tayler, Parker and Ava; and his buddy and pal, Smokey, his dog.
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Edith Mae Hayhurst.
Friends and family may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, 1-8 p.m. Monday and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor John Knoll officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Marion County Military Veterans Council Honor Guard.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on April 8, 2017
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