Bernice Hayes

September 29, 1929 ~ November 2, 2020 (age 91)


Eva Bernice Hayes was born on September 29, 1929 to the late Alex Morrisey and Viola Washington Cooper. She died on November 2, 2020 after battling a series of illnesses.

Bernice was educated in Roseboro, NC and finished high school at the age of 16. Later she moved to New York City where she met her husband, Raymond C. Hayes, whom she was married to for 52 years until his death in 2006.

She lived in Pennsylvania with her family where she resided until 1980. She made Roseboro, NC herhome until the time of her death.

Bernice never met a stranger. She was full of life, laughter and love.  Anyone who met her adored her beautiful personality. 

Due to her illnesses, she became a homemaker. She truly enjoyed this time gardening, caring for her family and was known for taking care of anyone’s children that lived in the neighborhood. She cherished her pet cats. However, her true love came when she dedicated her life as a Jehovah’s Witness in Philadelphia, Pa on July 1st, 1978. Her zeal for the ministry was evident all the way up until her health declined.

 She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jacqueline L. Hayes and son, Gregory Brent Hayes. She is survived by her children, James Carl Morrisey of Horsham, PA; Kimberly Royal (Jeff) of Clinton, NC; Ray C. Hayes II (Mary) of Roseboro, NC; Eva Teasdell (Jason) of Gastonia, NC; a granddaughter that she raised, Kia Owens, who toward the end was a key caregiver, around the clock;  a host of other grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces , nephews and other family members.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held virtually on Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom.   Entrance begins at 1:30 pm, service begins at 2:00 pm.

Meeting ID:  816 6995 4738, no password

Dial In:  301-715-8592, then enter Meeting ID




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