Born 7-26-1915 -- Died 11-19-2005
Hayden Orvis Estes born July 26, 1915 as a member of one of the first families to settle the Ash Flat area, died Nov. 19, 2005, at the age of 90.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rexine Haskins Estes; two daughters and son-in law, Charlotte and Jim Fowler of Myron and Carolyn Stewart of Ash Flat; one son, Tommy Estes of Ash Flat; six grandchildren, Karen Fowler, Julie Boles, Frank (Ellie) Fowler, Barry Fowler, Chad (Amy) Stewart and Stephanie Stewart; four great-grandchildren, Kerry Boles, Amber Stewart, Madison Lovelace and Wyatt Fowler; one sister, Ota Manry of California; and one brother Claud Estes of California; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harvey and Luevena Roberts Estes; three brothers, Victor, Jim and Andy; three sisters, Flossie Reeves, Vada Kidd and Imogene Fowler.
Hayden was a retired school teacher, coach, principal and cattle farmer. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas College, where he was a member of the 1938 State AAU championship basketball team and was later inducted into the Arkansas College Basketball Hall of Fame. He received his Master of Arts degree from Harding University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and for 20 years he was a justice on the Sharp County Quorum Court.
He was a member and elder of the Church of Christ. Visitation was Nov. 21 at the Ash Flat Church of Christ.
Funeral services were held at the Ash Flat Church of Christ Nov. 22 with Jack Richardson officiating. Burial was at the Haskins Cemetery in Ash Flat with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Frank Fowler, Barry Fowler, Chad Stewart, Lindel Estes, Linn Garner and Dan Orr.