William “Bill” Ray Hayman Jr., 93

William “Bill” Ray Hayman Jr., 93, of Racine, passed away, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in the Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis. He was born in the Plants, Ohio on July 17, 1928, to the Late William Ray and Eliza Marie Sayre Hayman, Sr.

He graduated from Racine High School in 1946 and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1947 where he served on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarg. On July 17, 1948, he was untied in marriage to Lillian Mae Simpson Hayman who survives in Racine.

He was a marine engineer for the Ohio River Company for thirteen years, and then the Union Barge Line for thirteen additional years. After his retirement he worked for the National Gas and Oil Corporation for five additional years. He was a member of Dorcus United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee for several years, and a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, a member of the Pomeroy- Racine Masonic Lodge #164 F.& A.M.

He was a quiet unassuming man and loved working in his garden. He enjoyed his harvest with friends and family. He loved puttering around on his little farm in the Plants.

He is survived by his loving wife of seventy-four years, Lillian Mae, his son William Michael and Virginia Hayman, Letart, WV., two grandsons, William Tate (Damia) Hayman, and Travis (Kathy) Hayman, a granddaughter, Tassica Lyn (Jason) Yambor, great-grandchildren, Aislyn Marie Hayman, Neal and Albee Yambor, Ayda, William Dawson, and Marshall Hayman. A sister, Janice Simpson, of Houston, Texas, and sisters-in-law, Mary Louise (Ernest) Shuler, and Shirley Simpson, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Ellen (Bill) Lewis, and Lois (George) Harris, brothers-in-law, Calvin “Bud” (Betsy) Simpson, and Gerald Simpson.

Private family services will be held in the Letart Falls Cemetery with Chaplin Neil Tennant officiating. The Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Racine is entrusted with the arrangements.