Carl "Cotton" L. Hays

September 09, 2020

Carl “Cotton” L. Hays

Jan. 21, 1930 - Aug. 30, 2020

Carl “Cotton” L. Hays, 90, of Comanche passed away at his son’s home in Corinth, Texas on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. 

Carl was born on Jan. 21, 1930 in the Diamond Community/Comanche area, the son of J.C. “Pete” and Ada Clara (Anderson) Hays. He graduated from Addington High School and went on to graduate from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma. On June 9, 1956, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen (Smith) Hays. Carl was a dedicated teacher, administrator and bus driver at Comanche Public Schools for 35 years before his retirement. Carl was a devoted Deacon, Sunday school teacher and long-standing member of Corum Baptist Church in Corum, Oklahoma. He enjoyed farming, gardening, singing in church and spending time with his family. He was a God loving man, best husband, father and grandfather ever. He was well known and respected by many former students in the community.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife of 64 years, Mary Ellen Hays of Comanche; son Ronald (Ron) and wife Karen Hays of Corinth, Texas; grandchildren, Sarah and husband Darrion Randle, Emily and husband Christopher Jensen; sister, Mary Riley of Edmond and step sister Hollene Power and husband Kenneth of Duncan.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Ada Hays and stepmother Lula Hays, his brothers, Delbert Hays, Herman (Whiz) Hays, William (Lindsey) Hays and sister, Oleta (Babe) Gilbert. 

Graveside services will be limited to immediate family only due to the current circumstances.  I know they both would love to have everyone join in the celebration but to protect our family and all others please understand our decision. There will be a public viewing at Comanche Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 11 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please make sure to follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask to protect you, your loved ones and everyone else. Thanks.

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