Hayward Evans Death, Obituary – Hayward Thomas, who resided in Paxton and was 75 years old at the time of his death on February 12, 2023, passed away. His parents, John Thomas and Eva Simmons Thomas, welcomed him into the world on November 30, 1947, and he was given the name John Thomas Jr.
After enrolling in the United States Army, Hayward gave his all while serving his country with distinction in Vietnam. After moving back to his childhood home, he joined the police forces in Florala, Andalusia, and Geneva, where he served for a combined 45 years before eventually calling Walton County his home for good and retiring.
Hayward was a candidate for and ultimately won the position of Mayor of Paxton, a role he served in for a total of twenty years. His affection for his family was the most significant item he was unable to take with him.
His trust in Jesus Christ enabled him to persevere through a wide range of physically challenging circumstances, which he did with great bravery. He was a staunch advocate for fairness and justice. He never deviated from the truth in any way. He finished the race in a respectable position.
His son Brian Thomas, his father John Thomas, his mother Eva Simmons Thomas, and his brothers Jimmy Ray Thomas and Johnny Roy Thomas all passed away before he did. His mother Eva Simmons Thomas gave birth to him.
He was the last member of his family to pass away before he did. He is survived by his wife Barbara Peacock Thomas, his son Chris Thomas, his daughter Stephanie Rojas and husband Rick, and his daughter Mahaley Thomas, as well as his brother Harold Thomas and his sister Deloris Tunnage. In addition, he had a sister named Deloris Tunnage.
Also, he was accompanied by a sibling who went by the name of Deloris Tunnage. You are cordially invited to join the funeral services for Hayward Thomas, which will be held at Evans Funeral Home on the afternoon of Monday, February 20, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. The hour before the funeral ceremonies are when the family will be available for visitation.