Passing of Commander Jim Hayward of the John T. Lesley camp SCV
Obituary for James Hayward-Founder and past Commander of the John T. Lesley camp Sons of Confederate Veterans
My condolences to the Hayward family.
Compatriot and Brother Jim Hayward  brought forth a passion for our Heritage and culture through word and deed, sowing the foundation for the Tampa Bay area’s active historical, cultural and Southern Heritage activities. A true patriot of country and community, Jim’s leadership footprint will never be duplicated however; as the song we often sing reminds us; "Ole times there are not forgotten…." we won’t forget you either.
Thank you Jim for your inspiration and legacy. Rest in peace Brother.
Capt. Phil Walters
1st Lt Commander Judah P. Benjamin camp 2210 Sons of Confederate veterans
Commander-9th Brigade Florida Division-Sons of Confederate Veterans
Jim Hayward was a cultural icon to many, most notable with the Southern Heritage community. He founded the Capt. John T. Lesley camp Sons of Confederate Veterans and was it’s Commander for years, providing a foundation for much of the Tampa Bay area activities we currently host today. I’m asking all available within reach of this message to send condolences to the Hayward family and if possible, to attend the funeral at 11 am Saturday Stowers Funeral Home 401 W Brandon Blvd Brandon 813-877-1393. Graveside immediately following at Oaklawn Cemetery on North Wheeler Street in Plant City.
The family has requested a Confederate contingency at both locations including a Rifle solute at graveside and for a Confederate flag to be draped upon the coffin. Additionally, a Masonic ritual has also been requested. All able to attend please do so. Commander Mike Herring of the Gen. Jubal A. Early camp SCV (813-681-6922) is coordinating the CS graveside service.
Oaklawn Cemetery Plant City
Phil Walters  813-968-6154
1st Lt. Commander-Judah P. Benjamin camp 2210 Sons of Confederate Veterans
Commander, 9th Brigade, Florida Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Sponsor- Capt. JJ Dickinson “Gray Ghost” 1971 AMC Javelin