Arthur Hays, Jr | obituary

August 5, 1944
March 16, 2022

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Arthur Graham Hays, Jr., (Billy), 77, died peacefully at his home in Oklahoma City.
Billy was born in Long Beach, California to Arthur Graham Hays and Dorothy Duncan Hays on August 5, 1944. After World War II, the Hays family returned to their hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Billy grew up in Muskogee and graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1962. He began college at Baylor University and transferred to Oklahoma State University the following year, graduating in 1967. Billy then returned to Muskogee and worked in a family clothing business for several years.
In 1972, he moved to Oklahoma City and worked for Bankamericard. Five years later, he went into business by opening an antiques and accessories store which he called “Arthur-Graham”. Billy’s store was unique at the time and quickly became a big hit. He made many buying trips to England over the years and carried distinctive wares not found elsewhere in Oklahoma City.
Billy was a longtime member of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. He has served as a host and Stephen Minister as well as a mentor in the Whiz Kids tutoring programs.
Billy was predeceased by his parents, Arthur G. and Dorothy D. Hays. He is survived by his brother, Louis Hays (Susan); his sister, Dotty Hendren (Mike); nephews, Mike Hendren (Heather) and David Hendren (Riah); nieces, Elizabeth Crump and Sara Hendren (Brian Funck); great-nieces and nephews, Grace VanderWoude (Tim), Olivia and Anna Crump, Graham, Freddie and Malcolm Funck, and Conley and Bennett Hendren; cousins, James Buchanan (Becky), Ann Hicks, John Reynolds and Pat Manzardo (Michael).
A funeral service open to the public will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at Greenhill Cemetery, 1500 N. York, Muskogee, OK 74401
A memorial service for Billy will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 23 at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134.
Donations in honor of Billy Hays may be sent to Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134
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Published on March 18, 2022

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