2007-01-24 04:19:30 UTC
Jerry A. Hayes, a Springdale native who made his mark as an
award-winning singer and songwriter, died in his sleep Sunday at his
Memphis, Tenn., home.
Hayes, 61, penned such No. 1 hits such as"Who's Cheatin' Who," that was
recorded by Charly McClain and later by Alan Jackson, as well as
Charlie Rich's "Rollin' With the Flow" and McClain's "Men."
He was a member of the National Association of Recording Arts and
Sciences, Nashville Songwriters Association, and he is in the Memphis
Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Hayes graduated from Springdale High School in the early 1960s. Friends
in Springdale remembered him as being talented as early as high school.
"His folks lived on Emma (Street) and their house had a carport instead
of a garage," said Stan Ludwig, Springdale District Court judge. "He
had a set of drums out there and he'd always be practicing on his drums
while I was walking by. He was a good drummer and a good musician."
Former Springdale Police Chief Truman Brewer, now an investigator for
the Springdale City Attorney's Office, was a classmate of Hayes.
"You'd never know he's written songs just by talking to him," Brewer
said. "He's real quiet, not outgoing at all. Just a good guy that would
do anything for you. But he could play the guitar and sing."
Hayes was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, June Gilmer Hayes of Memphis;
stepson, John Kevin Gilmer and his wife, Kathy Gilmer of Bartlett,
Tenn; stepgranddaughter, Hannah Grace Gilmer of Bartlett,
brother-in-law, Jim Kiihnl of Memphis, Tenn; niece, Debby Baker and her
husband, Jeff Baker; and his great niece, Melissa Baker of Elm Springs.
A "casual" celebration gathering will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at
Memphis Funeral Home Poplar, online at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.
A drop-in celebration gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at
Magnolia Inn in Springdale.
A private service will be conducted in Springdale at a later date. In
lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to
MusiCares Foundation, 1904 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, Tenn., 37212 or