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James Edward Hayes

June 11, 1935 –
 May 16, 2023


James Edward Hayes, age 87, passed away in Arlington, Texas on May 16, 2023.

James was born on June 11, 1935 in Enid, Oklahoma. He lived in Oklahoma, California, and Texas during his lifetime. He was retired from the Marine Corp with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He served in the Vietnam War. He was a commercial airline pilot that flew with Air Cal and American Airlines. He retired from American as a Captain.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Hayes of Canton, Texas, a stepdaughter Melodee McGinnis of Arlington, Texas, a stepson Brad McGinnis of Euless, Texas, a daughter-in-law Michelle McGinnis of Euless, Texas, a grandson Jackson McGinnis of Euless, Texas, a nephew Dr. Bill Crowley of Victoria, Texas, a niece Janna Stueve of Kansas City, Kansas, a niece Jennifer Crowley of Hawaii, a niece Shawna Meador of Oklahoma, a nephew Brandon Perry of Oklahoma, and several great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023 at 11:30. The service be at Cheatham Memorial Methodist Church 200 S. Houston St. Edgewood, Texas 75117.  Burial will be Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 11:30. He will be buried at DFW National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. Dallas, Texas 75211. Those who wish to attend the burial are welcome. Line up will begin at the cemetery at 11:15 Lane 3. The service will be at Shelter C.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
1820 N. Beltline Road
Irving, Texas 75061
(972) 607-4400

Memorial Service

May 22, 2023
11:30 am
Cheatham Memorial Methodist Church
200 S. Houston St., Edgewood, TX 75117

Graveside Service

May 25, 2023
11:30 am
Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75211
    Janna Stueve
    17 May 2023

    I am so sorry for the loss of Jim. He had been through so much before and pulled through so many times. He will be greatly missed.
    Love, Janna Stueve (Norma Ruth’s daughter)

    LuLong & Hug Radler Family
    19 May 2023

    Jim was a dearly loved family friend.
    He took us to the “skies” with his piloting stories,
    funny jokes, bravery in speaking his mind, kindness and friendship!
    He was a “good stick” on the links in his prime and he really enjoyed the game of golf where our friendship began at The Marine Memorial Camp Pendleton Golf Course.
    We will miss you Jim & your weekly phone calls!
    hugs to Pat and family,
    With love,
    LuLong & Hug Radler Family
    & Bill Hartley Family

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