H. Clay­ton Hays prom­i­nent cit­i­zen

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Among prom­i­nent se­nior cit­i­zens of New­ton County is Henry Clay­ton Hays, el­dest son of El­der James Luther and Mrs. Su­san Jack­son Hays, who was born near Mans­field Dec. 19, 1878.

Ed­u­cated in ru­ral schools, he has been taught prin­ci­pally “in the school of ex­pe­ri­ence,” which he says is a very good teacher; but he is ac­tu­ally well versed in many sub­jects through per­sonal ap­pli­ca­tion, and has a well stocked li­brary re­flect­ing his stu­dious pur­suits.

He joined Mt. Mo­ria Church in Au­gust 1895 and was bap­tized by El­der Ira L. Gunter; clerked in Cov­ing­ton for Sam Lee and P.T. Thomp­son Co. for one year but re­turned to his farm in 1897. Af­ter his mar­riage to Miss An­nie Belle Ox­ford, he at­tended Bethel School in Jasper Co., dur­ing the win­ter and worked in the sum­mer. While liv­ing in Mon­ti­cello, he es­tab­lished the first ru­ral mall ser­vice in Jasper Co. , and served it from 1902-105, when he re­signed and be­came a sales­man in mer­chan­dise.

He and his fam­ily re­turned to Mans­field in 1906, and un­til 1914 was sec­re­tary and trea­surer of Mans­field Lum­ber and Con­struc­tion Co., when he re­signed to be­come Mans­field post­mas­ter, in which ca­pac­ity he served un­til 1934. In that year he was elected pres­i­dent of the Ga. Branch of Nat’l. League of District Post­mas­ters and served un­til 1943, dur­ing which pe­riod he was also chair­man of or­ga­ni­za­tional work in the 4th Nat’l. District, com­pris­ing the sta­bles of Ga., Fla., N. and S. Carolina and Puerto Rico.

In 1924 he was elected sec­re­tary and trea­surer of Mans­field, in which post he served un­til his re­tire­ment in Jan. 1, 1954. In the in­terim, he was or­dained as a Prim­i­tive Bap­tist Min­is­ter, and served Flint River and Mt. Nebo Churches; and is cur­rently pas­tor of Con­cord Church in Jasper County.

Mr. Hays and his late wife had two daugh­ters, Miss Clara Mae Hays, who is vis­it­ing teacher with the New­ton County School Sys­tem; and Miss An­nie C. Hays, who suc­ceeded her fa­ther as Mans­field Post­mas­ter; in which ca­pac­ity she is serv­ing at the present time.

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