A memorial service will be held on Monday at Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road , Cordova , Tennessee
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the life
of pioneering soul icon Isaac Hayes
, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 65.
Born in the rural poverty of a sharecropper's family on August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee, Hayes rose to artistic success as an accomplished GRAMMY®, Golden Globe® and Academy Award® winning composer/musician, paving the way for his fellow African Americans in the arts and entertainment world. As well as being a published author, actor and radio personality, Hayes is a coronated King of Ghana in western Africa . Instead of a palace, he built an 8,000 square foot educational facility as he felt that education and literacy is the key to a successful life.
He is survived by his wife of three years Adjowa Hayes, and their two–year–old son Kwadjo Hayes, ten children—Jacqueline Fields, Felecia Hayes Fisher, Veronica Hayes, Vincent Hayes, Melanie Hayes, Nikki McGhee, Heather Hayes, Isaac Hayes III, Darius Caston and Lillian Bryant—14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family issued the following statement: “We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and love from Isaac’s dear friends, colleagues and fans from every corner of the world, and we thank each and every one of them for their kind thoughts and prayers. While he was an iconic figure to many, to us he was husband, father and friend. We will ever miss his love, wisdom, humor and the familiar comfort of his voice.”
To celebrate Hayes’ constant support of the Stax Music Academy and his Stax Records Legacy, the Hayes family, in lieu of flowers requests that donations be sent to the Stax Music Academy in Memphis , made out to Soulsville, 926 E. McLemore Avenue , Memphis , TN 38106 . Please specify “In memory of Isaac Hayes.”
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.