LeRoy Hayes Jr., 82

Social studies teacher

May 15, 2007

LeRoy Hayes Jr., a retired social studies teacher and shoe repairman, died of esophageal cancer Thursday at his Ashburton home. He was 82.

Mr. Hayes was born in Mullins, S.C., the son of a tobacco grower, and was raised there and in Baltimore during the 1930s. He graduated from high school in Mullins and learned shoe repair.

Drafted into the Army in 1943, he served with an infantry unit in Europe.

He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1950 from Allen University in Columbia, S.C.

Moving back to Baltimore, he worked as a truck driver for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. before joining the faculty of the city's then-Robert Poole Junior High School, where he taught social studies for 25 years.

After retiring from teaching in 1990, he operated a shoe repair shop and notary business on Garrison Boulevard for a decade.

"Repairing shoes was a hobby," said his wife of 54 years, the former Lucinda Grant, a retired state prison teacher.

Mr. Hayes also enjoyed working in the yard of his Sequoia Avenue home and volunteered at Garrison Middle School.

He was a member of Forest Park Community Church, 3114 Garrison Blvd., where services will be held at noon tomorrow.

Also surviving are two sons, Gary L. Hayes of Baltimore and Edward B. Hayes of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two daughters, Ingrid M. Burrell of Hyattsville and Patricia F. Hooper of Huntingtown; two stepbrothers, Ralph Hayes of Mullins and Theodus Hayes of Los Angeles; four stepsisters, Alice Betty Anderson of Kingstree, S.C., Hilda Conners of Florence, S.C., and Victoria Glasco and Emily Hayes, both of Mullins; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Another son, LeRoy R. Hayes III, died in 2002.

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