Cheryl Ruth Hayes, 80, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Mountain View Manor, Bryson City, N.C.

Cheryl was born on Aug. 12, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and was a resident of the Sylva area since 2001. She served in the full-time ministry for 60 years in several areas of the country before arriving in Sylva with her husband of 61 years. She hoped for and preached about the Bible’s promise of a peaceful new world under God’s kingdom.

Cheryl is survived by her husband Donald William Hayes of Sylva; a niece, Lisa Whiteside of Oklahoma City; and a niece, Elaine Gillard of Warwick N.Y.

A memorial talk is being planned.