Col. Robert Lee “Bob” Hayes III, 67, of Swansboro, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020.
His memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home-Swansboro. There will be a reception following the service. There will also be a private family inurnment with military honors at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 9, 1952, in Columbus, Ga., the son of the late Georgia Cosby Hayes and Robert Lee Hayes Jr.
Upon graduating from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., in 1974, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He served in 3d Battalion, Second Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and aboard the USS America. Later, he served at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and subsequently was a student at Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, was a student at the Naval War College, served with U.S. Forces Korea, Marine Corps Reserve Support Command and MCRD Parris Island, S.C. Later, he was assigned to Camp Lejeune and served in II Marine Expeditionary Force, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In May 2015, he retired after 41 years combined service as an active duty Marine and as a civil servant.
He is survived by Susan Ruth Hayes of Emerald Isle; daughters, Ashley Ann Hayes Livingston and husband Ben and Julia Cosby Hayes and husband Kyle, all of Charlotte; son, Robert Lee “Robby” Hayes IV of Emerald Isle; grandchildren, Savannah and Nicholas: sister, Ellen Arnold of Orlando, Fla.; and nieces, Carly, Christie and Kathleen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Semper Fi Fund.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home-Swansboro. Online condolences may be made to the family at jonesfh.org.