May 24, 2021
Deborah Louise Hayes age 68 of Rock Island, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening May 23, 2021 at Hospice of Chattanooga. She was born on November 24, 1952 to her parents, Shirley Ann Moore Wackerman Molchan and the late Robert Richard Wackerman. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Molchan. Debbie was a Business Office Manager. She was a devout Christian woman, serving the Lord with all her heart and soul and was a member of The Upper Room in McMinnville. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 45 years, James Lester Hayes of Rock Island; 3 children, Scott Alan (Amanda Sue) Hayes of Murfreesboro, Eric Richard Hayes of Murfreesboro and Jaime Michelle (Shayne) Whiteaker of McMinnville; 6 grandchildren, Alex Dalton (Kelsey) Hayes of Smithville, Alexis Lee Hayes of Murfreesboro, Allyson Paige Whiteaker of McMinnville, Austin Luke Hayes of Murfreesboro, Kensley Brooke Whiteaker of McMinnville and Alyssa Nicole Hayes of Murfreesboro; mother, Shirley Ann Molchan of Smithville; 4 siblings, Jackie Burhans of Memphis, Rusty Wackerman of Akron, OH, John Molchan of Florida and Todd Molchan of Monterey; father-in-law, Lester Hayes of Sparta and a host of other family and friends. The family is honoring Debbie’s request to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held 3 PM Sunday June 13, 2021 at Outreach Baptist Church with Bros. Donald Vinson and Nathan Thomason officiating. The visitation and gathering will be from 2:30-3 PM and there will be a meal following the Celebration of Life service. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Upper Room church, in memory of Debbie, and those made be made by calling or coming by the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.