Dorek E. Hayes

Sunrise: June 9, 1980

Sunset: January 16, 2024

On Tuesday January 16, 2024 Dorek E. Hayes passed away and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior as he  transitioned from this earthly realm into our Lord’s Eternal Peace. Dorek was born on June 9, 1980 in Norfolk,VA. He attended Bayside middle and high school where he became interested in theatre. As a Thespian, he received the opportunity to be an extra in a Civil War film, Cold Mountain starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, He was in about 20  plays since middle school portraying characters ranging from a gang member in The Outsiders to Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. He later graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University with an Associates in Business Administration and a BS in Liberal Arts Management with focus on Advertising. He worked primarily in the Restaurant Industry. Later, desiring to establish financial independence , he started a podcast . He was approved by the SBA for a small business in government contracts which prompted the move to Florida. He was predeceased by his mother Patricia Hayes. He leaves behind his father Reginald P. Hayes, brothers Reginald D. Hayes of Dallas Texas and David Lowery of Norfolk, VA, sister Regina Butts of Atlanta, GA, Fiancee Lissette Romero and  daughter Kaysen Hayes of Land O Lakes, Florida, and a host of nieces, cousins and friends.

Memorial Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, February 23, 2024 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel

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    Julius McCullough says

    My dear friend Reggie Hayes

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your son. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Losing a son is one of life’s greatest sorrows, and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Your sin’s legacy will undoubtedly live on through the memories and love he shared with you and those around him. May you find comfort in the cherished moments you shared together and in the support of your loved ones.

    As a member of the Christian family, know that you have a strong network of friends standing by you, ready to offer their support and strength in any way you may need.

    Please take all the time you need to grieve and heal. Know that you are not alone, and we are here for you every step of the way.

    With deepest sympathy and brotherly love,
    Julius E. McCullough

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    Kristin (Theodorakis) Escolastico says


    The fund memories you have left on so many will always be cherished. You gave me a great childhood and even more memorable high school years when we had to play fight in the Outsiders play. When I think of my childhood you face and name always comes to mind. Riding our bikes, climbing trees. You were such a great friend to me and so many. You had the best corner mouth smile and always there to cheer up anyone who needs it. Well we can all use a bit of you here now. Please wrap your arms around all your family, friends,and loved ones as we have to say goodbye to you for now. Until we see each other again. My sincerest condolences to your family.

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    Karen Vergara-Vaughn says


    Even though you and I didn’t talk much in school, I know you remember me and I remember you. You will not be forgotten. Rest your soul, my friend. Till next time. xoxo
    Karen Vergara-Vaughn

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    Dave Luttrell says

    I was so very sorry to hear of your Brother’s passing. I know this has been a very difficult time for you, your Father, and family. I have and will continue to pray for all touched by this tragedy. God Bless you!

    Love you Brother!

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    A, Smith says

    For the Hayes family,
    so saddened when I heard the news of your beloved Dorek passing and wished I could have been there to show my support to you all. Such a nice and vibrant young man with incredible talent. He will be missed by all who knew him and worked with him. Thank you for sharing this young man with us all. His memory will live on forever and I pray comfort for the Hayes family through this difficult time.

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    Maria R. Aguirre says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Please continue to cherish the memories you have of your brother. Take those memories with you in your heart. Reminisce on those memories. I’ll continue to keep you and my family in my thoughts and prayers.

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