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William Alton Hays Jr., M.D., 77

William Alton Hays Jr., M.D., 77, husband of Dr. Sylvia Knight Hays, died April 9 in Athens.
Born in Hazlehurst, Bill was the son of the late William Alton Hays Sr. and Mary Nell Adams Hays and brother of the late Anne Hays Dennard.
Dr. Hays attended Emory University School of Medicine and practiced psychiatry in Athens. During the Vietnam conflict, he served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.
Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons and their spouses William Alton “Tony” Hays III and Karen of Denver, Colo., and David Lee Hays and Elizabeth of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Merritt, Harper and Thomas Hays; sister Mary Richardson; brother Preston Hays; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held April 12, 2019 at Lord & Stephens West Chapel.
The family is accepting flowers or donations may be made to

Lord and Stephens Funeral Homes, WEST, Watkinsville, was in charge.

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