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Richard Larry Hayes

March 5, 1947
May 18, 2021

Richard Larry Hayes was born in Maryville, Tennessee on March 5, 1947.  He is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Kathleen Hayes.  He is survived by his son, Richard Kelly Hayes, grandsons, Kyle and Keaton Hayes, his sister, Judy Hayes Rivais and her husband, Joe. Ronnie Hayes Sr. and his fiancé, Joan Pennington, nephew, Ronnie Hayes Jr. and his wife, Amy and their children, Autumn and Tanner Hayes; Tammy Hayes Land and her children Kylie and Chase Land; Jason Hayes and his wife, Erica, and their children Illah and Baylon Hayes.  His Aunts, Hazel Hayes and Clara Hayes of Gastonia N.C. and numerous cousins.

Larry graduated from Northeast High School in St Petersburg, Florida in 1965. He served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Hawaii.  He was employed as a Store Manager with Publix Supermarkets for approximately 32 years and a Manager for GNC for 15 years.


Raised as a Master Mason St. Petersburg Lodge No. 139 on December 26, 1972
Previous Member of Pinellas Daylight Lodge No. 385
Current Member of Liberty Lodge No. 412

32 Degree  Mason of the Scottish Rite of FreeMasonry, Valley of Tampa Orient of Florida
Valued Member Since 1979


June 11, 2021- 11:00 a.m.
Veterans Funeral Care
830 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, Florida 33765


June 11, 2021-2:00 p.m.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10,000 Bay Pines Boulevard
Bay Pines, Florida 33708

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Masonic Home of Florida,
3201 1st Street N.E. St. Petersburg, Florida 33704, or a charity of your choice.
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  • Judy H Rivais says:


    You are loved and missed more than you know. You were not only a great brother, but a wonderful friend to me. You were always there in difficult and happy times. I miss our daily talks every afternoon on my way home from work which started with “how’s your day” and your response was always “great”. When you were in the hospital, you gave the same answer. You fought hard and never complained, even if you were in pain and having a difficult day.

    You were an inspiration to your family and friends and you never had an unkind word to say about anyone. Mother taught us well, be kind to everyone and love your neighbors. Well, your neighbors loved you!!!

    As you told me in the hospital, I can’t believe at 74 I would be going through all of this. Neither can I. You were supposed to be here for a long time, but GOD had another plan.

    I will love and miss you always.

    In my heart forever,


  • Cookie Lyttle says:

    To the big brother I always wished I’d have . . . I miss you already! You were always so kind to me & had a look in your eye that told me you cared. (Just like your daddy.) You & he were the male roll models I didn’t have at home. I wish I’d made a point of verbalizing how much you meant to me when you were here. I pray it showed. You took a piece of my heart with you when you left us too soon. I’ll see you with Jesus when His time is right. Thank you for your decades of friendship. ❤️

  • Clara Hayes says:

    Hayes Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I love all of you. Clara Hayes

  • Lynn Briscoe says:

    Larry was a great neighbor and friend. I will always remember his kindness and willingness to help others. He will be surely be missed by everyone.
    I am wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories forever hold in your heart.

    May loving thoughts comfort you at this time.

    Lynn Briscoe

  • Elaine Smith says:

    For the sweetest person/brother, we shared so many “wonderful” conversations about our lives, where we’ve been and where we were going. Every birthday you always called me, and I yours, I will miss that call this year and every year to come. You truly are my “brother” and will be close in my heart because your sister is my best friend and we speak every day and we will be keeping your memory alive with our “daily” conversations. You are and will be missed so very much and I will love you always. Because God is faithful, I’ll see you in heaven sweet Larry.

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