Mamie “Helen” Hayes Newman
Harlem, GA – Mamie “Helen” Hayes Newman, 73, peacefully entered into her eternal rest Sunday afternoon, September 17, 2017 at Thomson Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, September 30, 2017 with Rev. Tony L. Key officiating.
Helen was the only child of the late Mamie Moore Hayes, who passed away two days after her birth. Her father, Earl Hayes, was a soldier who left to fight in World War II but never returned home. A lifelong resident of Harlem, she was raised by her maternal grandparents, the late Clayton and Betsy Moore, and grew up with her cousins Kenneth Johnson, Paul McMichael and Pat Alefonti, whom she considered her siblings. Being a gifted seamstress, Helen worked at Camak Manufacturing Plant for many years. She loved to cook, and was known for her delicious cakes. Flea markets were her second home—she would buy, repurpose and sell items, which helped her support her children. In later years, she loved playing Bingo and always had her diet cokes, cigarettes and peppermint candies handy. She was fun-loving and loved to laugh which suited her flirty, sassy personality. Seven years ago when her health declined to the point she could no longer live alone, she made Thomson Health and Rehabilitation Center her new home, where she enjoyed the fellowship of the residents and staff. Her beautiful smile and generous spirit will be greatly missed.
Helen is also preceded in death by her two children, Barbara Phillips and Wayne Findley. Survivors include her two children, Randy Reeves (Veronica Lynn) and Tonya Sorrells; four grandchildren, Jacob Reeves, Chelsey Sorrells, Calvin Sorrells and Nash Phillips; an aunt, Alice Simpson; and several great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home one hour prior to the service—from 4:00–5:00 P.M.—Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Heartfelt thanks and gratitude is extended to the staff of Thomson Health and Rehabilitation Center for their loving, compassionate care given to Helen.