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Comets’ season ends in regionals

The Comet boys’ varsity basketball team nearly rallied from a miserable start Monday night, before running out of late game momentum in a season-ending loss at Marshall in regional action.

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Ralph Bee Hayes

SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2014

Ralph Bee Hayes of Sinai Road, South Boston died Monday, March 17, 2014 at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 69. Born in Halifax County on Feb. 18, 1945 to the late Randolph Hayes and Nellie Mae Petty Hayes, he was married to Linda King Hayes. He was a member of Greater Mayfield Apostolic Church and was employed with Wal-Mart.

He is survived by his wife of the home, two step daughters, Consuelo Johnson and Tanya Johnson, both of South Boston, two sisters, Clara Lewis and Anne Knotts, both of Baltimore, Md., two brothers, Charlie Hayes and wife, Brenda and Harry Hayes, all of South Boston, an aunt, Arlease Haymes and husband, Spencer of South Boston, an uncle, Charlie Petty and wife, Betty of New York, his mother-in-law, Olivia Duncan and husband Clarence of South Boston, a sister-in-law, four brothers-in-law, a host of step grandchildren and foster children, including the devoted Delquan Johnson and Antonio Scott, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Talley.

A funeral will be conducted on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church with District Elder Bernard Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1091 Sinai Road, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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