Christina Doris Fair “Chris” Hays, 99

Walker County Messenger - - Obituaries -

Christina Doris Fair “Chris” Hays, was born in Magazine, Ark., on June 2, 1918.

She died June 6, 2017, in Har­al­son County, Ga., in the home of her daugh­ter Sor­rel Doris. She was 99.

She is pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, John Wal­ter Earnest Hays and her par­ents, Lewis Wil­lis Fair and Lil­lie Agatha Sor­rels Fair.

Christina and Ernest mar­ried in 1935, be­gin­ning their life to­gether in San Fran­cisco. Af­ter the birth of their son, John, they moved to Mem­phis where chil­dren Sor­rel and James Ray were born. In 1944 Earnest was sent to Chat­tanooga to man­age a plant for Stewart Fine Foods on Main Street. The fam­ily lived in the Pat­ten Ho­tel for months while search­ing for a house, scarce dur­ing WWII. They lived in Rossville and fi­nally built a house in East Ridge. The chil­dren at­tended Cen­tral High School and the Univer­sity of Chat­tanooga. Ernest started Hays Real Es­tate, and Christina and son John joined him in the Rossville busi­ness. The cou­ple were life­long mem­bers of McFar­land Memo­rial Methodist Church. Ernest and Christina lastly moved to Chicka­mauga, Ga., across from the Park Tower. Ernest died in 1994.Christina then lived in Dal­ton, Ga., at Royal Oaks re­tire­ment com­mu­nity for 11 years. She bought a house in Tal­lapoosa, Ga. in 2007, to be near her daugh­ter Sor­rel, and lived in­de­pen­dently un­til she was 96. She de­signed an apart­ment in Sor­rels cabin home on a woodsy lake, and lived there un­til her death ,en­joy­ing bird life and rip­ples on the wa­ter and clouds above the tree line.

Christina’s fam­ily in­cludes the chil­dren, John Lewis Hays of East Ridge, Tenn., Sor­rel Doris Hays of Har­al­son County near Tal­lapoosa, Ga. and James Ray Hays, of Hous­ton, Texas, and their spouses, Judy Hays, the late Mar­i­lyn Ries and Karen Law­son Hays; ten grand­chil­dren and spouses (Chris and Darla Hays of Ocala, Fla., Heather and Jeff Roberts of Dal­las, Texas, Rik and Michelle Hays of At­lanta, Robin Hays of Chat­tanooga, Ron Hays, Will and Cal­lie Hays of Hous­ton, Seth and Mor­gan Hays of Sin­ga­pore, Josh Wal­ter Earnest Hays of New York City, Ron­ald Troy Law­son Hays of Hous­ton and John Pierce El­lis Fair Hays of Hous­ton and nine great-grand­chil­dren (Emmy and Lily Roberts of Dal­las ,West­ley and Jef­fer­son Hays of Hous­ton, Alli Hays of Pen­sacola, Fla., Liya El­liott Hays of Sin­ga­pore, Gabrielle Hays Conover and Aaron Conover of Chat­tanooga and Hil­ton Head, and Tyler Hays and step-grand­daugh­ter, Tam­sey Moore and step-great-grand­son James Lawrence Jay Moore, III, of Rich­mond, Va. Christina told her chil­dren that all she ever wanted grow­ing up was to be a home­maker, an as­pi­ra­tion in which she ex­celled. She cared for her hus­band, her chil­dren, their com­pan­ions and off­spring, and the sundry others whose lives in­ter­sected the fam­ily. When some­thing did not suit or meet her stan­dards she would sim­ply give a small smile, and say, Oh, well, then move on with life. She was beautiful to the end, with fam­ily mem­bers vis­it­ing her in her last days.

Grave­side ser­vices: will be held Satur­day, at 12:00 noon, at Ten­nessee-Ge­or­gia Memo­rial Park.

On­line guest­book avail­able at lane­

Ar­range­ments: South Crest Chapel of Lane Fu­neral Home & Cre­ma­tory, at the end of his­toric Mis­sion­ary Ridge, Rossville.

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