Robert B. Hayes

June 21, 1945 - Aug. 20, 2012

    Robert Bard Hayes, a carpenter and East Hampton native, died on Aug. 20 at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was 67. No cause of death was given.
    One of 13 children, Mr. Hayes was born on June 21, 1945, to Girlie Lee Hayes and the former Jennie Hill, who lived in the “Hayesville compound” on Town Lane in East Hampton, Ms. Joseph said. After he graduated from East Hampton High School, he became a paratrooper in the Army and fought in the Vietnam War. (Lee Hayes, his brother, was an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen.)
    “Robert came from a long line of master carpenters,” said Henashena Hayes, his second of three wives. “He, his father, and his brother always put the nail in the right place, even when they didn’t measure.” To find more consistent work, Mr. Hayes moved to Baltimore in 1979.
    In 1995, he relocated to North Carolina and lived there until 1999, when he had a major stroke and was placed in the care of a daughter living in Pensacola.
    Mr. Hayes loved to cook almost as much as he adored making people laugh, his family said. “He would often make a food dish and use the ingredients to form funny faces,” Ms. Hayes said. “He was a good husband, a good father, and my in-laws, the Clinton-Livingston family, loved him too.”
    Singing and playing the guitar were also large parts of Mr. Hayes’s life. He often performed with the Monte Farber Band in East Hampton. “Robert was good at everything he did,” Ms. Hayes said.
    In addition to Lee Hayes of East Hampton, he is survived by a sister, Helen Hillman, also of East Hampton. Besides Ms. Joseph, who lives in Baltimore, seven other children survive: Cynthia Hayes-East of New York, Robert Hayes Jr. of New Mexico, and Sequoia Turner Hayes, Christy Hayes, Djwaal Hayes, Larry Walker, and Xavier White, all of Baltimore. Mr. Hayes had 11 grandchildren and one was on the way.
    A funeral service was held on Aug. 31 at the Alexander Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery.