Mr. Daniel Lee Hayes, age 76, of Knoxville, TN died Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Ft. Sanders Hospital, Knoxville, TN.

Mr. Hayes was born June 27, 1935 in Trion, GA, the son of the late James Elbert and Lottie Christol Hayes. He was a graduate of Trion High School, having played football, baseball, and basketball. Mr. Hayes was a member of Trinity Chapel Church. He was a graduate of Tennessee Technical College. He had worked at Genesco Shoe Company, U. S. Census Bureau, and Levi Straus. He was a retired electrical engineer. Mr. Hayes was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War.

Survivors include his children, Timothy Hayes, Theresa Verge, and Renee Brown; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beta and J. W. Greenwood; brother and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Loretta Hayes, Billy and Joyce Hayes; and several Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p. m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Neil Silverberg and Curtis Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in West Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be nephews, Benny Hayes, David Hayes, Robert Hayes, Jimmy Hayes, Robin Greenwood, and Steve Lanier. Honorary pallbearers will be Lester Griffitt, Charles McLeod, Peter Dolan, Willie Joe McGraw, Curtis Phillips, and Drew Lanier.

Mr. Hayes will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the service hour on Wednesday.