Terry Lee Hayes, 75, passed away April 27, 2021 at Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis after a long battle with cancer. He was born August 12, 1945 to the late Alvin and Ruth (Hillenburg) Hayes. Terry graduated from Smithville High School and attended Indiana University.
Terry served as President of Smithville High School Alumni Association for a number of years. He had a special fondness for the school and never forgot Smithville and his many friends there. He had many stories about playing basketball as a “Skibo.” After graduating he enrolled at Indiana University and made the freshman basketball team. Unfortunately, due to an injury his career was short, but he always remained loyal to IU and their sports programs, especially the basketball program.
Terry also served in the US Army Reserves.
Terry was President of Hayes Chevrolet, Oldsmobile & Pontiac and served on the General Motors Dealer Council for several years. After selling the dealership, he started Hayes Group becoming an independent dealer of specialty vehicles and a residential home builder.
He and his wife Gloria loved to travel, if only taking short trips. Terry loved to seek out little, out of the way eateries. Terry was an automobile enthusiast, and especially loved the Corvette. He also loved architecture and on their travels always tried to find the old historic districts.
Terry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gloria Jeanne (Fields) Hayes; his brother Darry Don (Barbara) Hayes; his sister Glenda Charlene (Stephen) Maddox, brother-in-law Tracy Scott Fields and sister-in-law, Kathy (Ivan) Martindale. He is also survived by nephews Matthew Hayes, Dustin Maddox, Thomas Martindale (Abby), nieces Needra (Andrew) Basinger, Stephanie Clark (Tracy Mack), Meleah (James) Monroe and several great nieces and nephews and one great, great nephew.
Terry had a big heart and felt it was a privilege to help the less fortunate. He never met a stranger and his stories will be missed by his family and many friends.
Visitation will be 2-7pm Sunday, May 2, 2021 and 11am-1pm Monday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington.
Funeral services will be 1:00pm Monday at The Funeral Chapel with Brother Dean Pickett officiating. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.