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Louise Tarry Hayes

SoVaNow.com / November 16, 2021


Louise Tarry Hayes, daughter of the late John R. Tarry and Bertha P. Tarry, was born in Mecklenburg County, on Dec. 16, 1937 and departed this life on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at her residence. At an early age, she joined Island Hill United Church of Christ in Clarksville and was an honorary member of New St. Douglas Baptist Church in Boydton. She attended the public schools of Mecklenburg County. Louise was employed as a seamstress at Lake Sleepwear for 20 years and later retired from Burlington Mill Industries as a spinner.

Due to the fact that she wanted to stay busy, she served as a caretaker to so many in need. She lived by her motto: “May The Work That I’ve Done, Speak For Me.” Louise was full of good works and acts of charity.

She was well received by all who knew her, and strangers immediately became friends for she was quick to offer a helping hand to those in need. Her favorite hobbies included gardening, cooking, canning, and showing off her green thumb with her flower beds.

Louise made sure that she represented the fashion world, for she took pride in dressing.

She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Pekethia P. Chavis of Boydton, Virginia, and one son, Willie L. Hayes of South Hill one son-in-law, Marvin Allen Sr. of Oxford, N.C.; one granddaughter, Mikayla L. Farrar; one brother, Fitzgerald L. Tarry (Sara), Buffalo, N.Y.; two bonus granddaughters, Markila S. Hutcheson, and Elnora Patton; three bonus grandsons, James W. Patton Jr., Marvin Allen Jr. and Walter Patton Jr.; three god-children, Spencer Reese (Cheryl) of Chester, Virginia, Susan Reese of Richmond, Virginia and John Reese (Carol) of Richmond, Virginia; six great god-children, Shaun Pettus, Christina Reese, Ray Arnette, John Reese Jr., Sainteen Monroe and Tremonte Walker-Williams all of Richmond; close friends; Shirley AbDulloch, Julia Baskerville, Gloria May Harris, Eloise Tisdale, Debra Chavis, Sarah Patillo, Vanessa Bumpass, and Jocelyn Jiggetts; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, cousins and friends. 

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby T. Wimbush and Elnora T. Patton; three brothers, John C. Tarry, Arthur W. Tarry, and Joseph P. Tarry three children whom she raised as her sons, John S. Patton, James W. Patton, and Walter T. Patton; and one child whom she raised as her daughter, Bertha T. Allen.


Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the New St. Douglas Baptist Church, Boydton, with Interment following at Island Hill Christian Church. Rev. Linda B. Goode officiated and gave the eulogy.

Services entrusted to Carter’s Funeral Home.

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