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Helen Carden Hayes / May 19, 2020

Helen Carden Hayes, wife of the late Graham Evans Hayes, died Sunday, May 17, 2020, at the age of 92. She was born in Durham County, N.C., on Jan. 29, 1928, to the late Mabel Stubbins and Leo Julian Carden Sr. Helen was a homemaker, dedicated to caring for her family. She was a member of Averett Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hayes is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Ronnie Pulliam of Virgilina; grandchildren, Robin McAlexander, Kelly Ballance, Kirk Hayes and Jodi Valeri, nine great grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Judy Hayes.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sons, Timothy Graham Hayes and David Brian Hayes, as well as siblings, Mabel Puryear, Elizabeth Traynham, and Leo Julian Carden Jr.

Services for Mrs. Hayes were held Tuesday, May 19, at Hitesburg Baptist Church. The Rev. Ian Rigney conducted the service. Due to current health related mandates, the service will be for family only, but was live-streamed on Watkins Cooper Lyon’s Facebook page.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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