Mr. Forrest Richard Hayes

Mr. Forrest Richard “Tootie” Hayes, age 77, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at his home of congestive heart failure.

Born April 30, 1943 in Atlanta, GA, he was the son of the late Perry and Virginia Lee Attinson Hayes.

He was a member of Faith Assembly of God and was retired from Precision Stone.  Richard also worked for Niolon Lumber Company.  He enjoyed dirt track racing, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.  Richard was a beloved husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle and friend.  He was greatly loved and will be missed.

“See You At The House!”

Family members include his wife, Judith Latham Hayes; son, John Hayes; daughter and son-in-law, Jureda H. and Rocky Bowen; grandchildren, Frank Hayes, Ansley Hayes, J. J. Hayes, Bradi Hayes, Chaley Hayes, and Kyla and Tyler Holbrooks; brothers and a sister-in-law, Paul Hayes, Robert Hayes, and Larry and Joann Hayes; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 1 pm until 2:45 pm Tuesday.

Graveside services will be held at three o’clock Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Rev. David Crisp officiating.

Burial will follow.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers; Scott Patterson, Steve Lathan, Tony Hayes, Frank Hayes, Simeon Niolon, Trey Niolon, and Anthony Smith.  Dean Nix will serve as honorary pallbearer.

The family respectfully ask that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Judith Hayes c/o Whitlock Mortuary, 120 Rose Lane, Toccoa, GA 30577, to help with medical expenses.

Due to the conditions concerning the health and well-being of our community, social distancing will be observed.

Please remember to keep the Hayes family in your thoughts and prayers and sign the online guestbook at

Whitlock Mortuary is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Richard Hayes.