Eugene Franklin Hayden, 84, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021 at his home. He was born in Hancock County on April 1,1936 to the late Eugene and Katherine Long Hayden. In addition to his parents Franklin also was preceded in death by a sister Wayne Brown and her husband Donnie. Franklin was a member of Hilldale United Methodist Church and retired from NSA. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Franklin loved the Lord and treasured his time at church. Franklin was involved in prison ministry and taught Sunday School. He loved spending time with family, hunting, working on his farm, fishing, gardening and playing pinochle every morning at the wrinkle center.
Survivors include his sons, Todd (Loretta) Hayden, David Hayden and Jon (Starr) Hayden; grandchildren Austin (Cara) Hayden Jaylon (Brittany) Hayden, Zack (Heather) Hayden, Kelsea Hayden (Brian Jarboe), Micah, Dallas, Ryan and James Robert; great grandchildren Annabelle, Benjamin and Katherine Hayden; niece, Rene Kreisle and nephew Greg Brown.
Services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at Hilldale United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Union Baptist Church Cemetery with full Military Honors. Franklin’s family will be greeting friends from 4 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Hawesville and on Wednesday from 9 am until service time at Hilldale UMC.
In compliance with public health and safety measure, masks will have to be wore inside of the funeral home and church and social distancing must be practiced.
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