Robert P. Hayes, MD of Big Spring, Texas, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 at age 73. Visitation is Sunday, June 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. The celebration of Dr. Hayes’ life will be held Monday, June 17 at 2: p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 1701 E. FM 700, Big Spring.
Bob was born Nov. 18, 1939, in Malden, Mass. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1967 and served in the United States Army from 1967-1971. He took care of the servicemen during the Vietnam War and had a great love and respect for the military.
He came to Big Spring April 1, 1985, where he began practicing as an orthopedic surgeon at Malone & Hogan Clinic and served as president from 1990-1997. Healing and caring for his patients was his life-long goal. He has loved all of the physicians he has come in contact with, as well as their staff. He was on staff at the VA Medical Center in Big Spring, the Federal Prison System in Big Spring and had a weekly clinic in Snyder, Texas. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed it up until his final days. With everyone he met, he was always teaching and wanted to stop others from saying “Don’t make me think.” As he “Turns over a new leaf,” he will be sorely missed by anyone he has come in contact with.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda Hayes. He is the devoted father of three daughters, Emily (Kyle Peters) Hayes, Angie (Chad) Williams and Amy Jackson and four sons, Shawn, Patrick (Jaisy), Shane (Huyen), and Joseph (Paige) Jackson. Loving grandfather of Ryan Hayes, Reilly Peters, Jay Coley Peters, Zakerie Hayes, Dylan Aker, Jordan Hayes, Ellie Hayes, Hannah Cao Hayes, Collin Cao Hayes, Trevor Williams, Hannah Williams, K’Leigh Williams, Ricky Prater, Joseph Kole Jackson and Brodie Patrick Jackson. Also survived by his sister Patricia (Joseph) Finegan; his mother and father in law, Jeanette and Butch Floyd of Sterling City, Texas; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com