August 3, 1939 ~ April 24, 2022

Born in: Orlando, Florida
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Dorothy Ann “Dottie” (Barnett) Hays, 82, of Arden, died Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Advent Health, Hendersonville.

Born in Orlando, FL, she was the wife of Ken C. Hays of Arden, and the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Battle) Barnett.

An avid tennis player, Dottie enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hike. Along with her sister, she was heavily involved in animal rescue and dog obedience competitions.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by two sons, Garve K. Hays (Amy) of Cypress, TX and Brant T. Hays (Rhonda) of Blanchard, OK; a stepdaughter, Summer Stephens of Tulsa, OK; three grandchildren: Garve (Claire), Ethan, and Zachary; and one sister, Suzanne M. Barnett of Arden.

Graveside services will be held in Mt. Dora, Florida.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Very Sorry for the passing of Dottie. She was a very nice lady, always friendly when we saw her walking one of her pups. Our condolences to Ken and Sue, and all the family.
    Prayers to you all in this time of sorrow.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Dottie’s passing. I enjoyed playing tennis with her several years ago in Hendersonville. We used to share rides from Avery Park to the courts and always had fun. We send our condolences to Ken and Sue.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Ken and family. Dottie will continue to live in our hearts. We will forever treasure the memories of good times with Ken and Dottie in Oklahoma, especially tennis and hiking, evenings out and dinners at home. Rest in peace, dear Dottie.


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