Kind, sweet, spirited, helpful and a smile that could light up a room. These are words friends and family use to describe Truezell Hayes — a man they say never met a stranger.
“He always said to us when he’s trying to get a point across. ‘for real, for real’.”
“I feel so great and awesome to be the mother of Truezell Hayes,” said Wyanna English.
Hayes’ mother says for all his joy, her son had a difficult life beginning at birth as a premature baby weighing less than two pounds.
“He just was a miracle; he was a miracle,” said English.
Hayes gave his life to God as a teenager and had just started a family. His wife is pregnant with their first child.
“He had just got married,” said Bruce Gulley, Pastor at the Powerhouse Assembly of God. “He just really started living and then his life was gone.”
Hayes suddenly died from COVID-19 last week. His death shocked his tight-knit community.
“Truezell is going to be missed. We are all hurting.”
“It can be overwhelming, heart-wrenching, but through our faith and our relationship with Christ — God gives us peace.”
“He was a great Evangelist. He loved God. He loved the people of God. He loved to serve the people. And he touched many lives until the age of 28. And I know he is in Heaven with God.”
While Hayes’ family holds onto that comfort and their memories, they want to make sure other families don’t go through the same pain.
“Please, I beg. Wear your masks, wash your hands, social distance, please. This is serious,” says English. “My son was 28 years old and he lost his life.”
Because Hayes was very well-known and loved, the family wants to remind the community that his services will be small, still adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions.Photo: Family of TruezellHayes