The Rev. Francis Wingate Hayes Jr., 85, who was rector of The Falls Church in Falls Church for 12 years at mid-century and who will be buried in the churchyard there, died May 26, after a series of strokes, at his home in St. Michaels, Md.
The Rev. Hayes's vocation as a clergyman spanned four decades, and among his effects at the time of his death were every church bulletin from every Sunday of his priesthood from his first church in Houston, in 1941, to his last, in Hampton, Va., where he retired in 1979, according to his son, Francis W. Hayes III, of Williamsburg. The Rev. Hayes also had collected and bound all of his sermons over the years.
He was born and raised in Bristol, R.I., and received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1936. He received a master's degree in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria in 1939, and later that year was ordained an Episcopal deacon at Church of the Good Shepherd in Houston, where he was assistant to the rector.
The following year, he married Jennie Ervin, a nurse from Richmond, and was ordained a priest at Christ Church in Houston. He was assistant rector at Trinity Episcopal Church from 1941-43, and served as canon of Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, N.Y., in 1943-45. He moved to Falls Church in 1945.
While in Falls Church, the Rev. Hayes founded a mission church, which today is St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. The Hayeses left Falls Church in 1957, when he became rector at St. Timothy's Church in Catonsville, Md., where he served until 1960, moving to St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, where he retired in 1979.
The Hayeses then moved to Vienna, where Mrs. Hayes sought medical help for emphysema, and she died there in 1979. The following year, the Rev. Hayes married Elizabeth Clarke MacRae, whom he had known for decades, her father having been one of his professors at the seminary. They settled in Alexandria, on Vicar's Lane, and moved in 1983 to St. Michaels.
The Rev. Hayes was a founding member of the Falls Church Rotary Club, and was on the Board of Trustees of the seminary he attended.
Survivors include his wife; four children from his first marriage, Helen Sievers of Fulton, N.Y., her twin brother, Francis W. Hayes III, Janet Patterson of Belmont, Mass., and Alice Hayes of Belen, N.M.; two stepdaughters, Marian Montagu MacRae of Alexandria and Fairfax MacRae Gouldin of Ithaca, N.Y.; and 12 grandchildren.