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Christopher Wakefield

October 16, 1971 — December 21, 2019

Born in Nashville, TN on October 16, 1971 Departed on December 21, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterThursday December 26, 2019 3:00pm to 7:00pmA Celebration of Life: First United Methodist Church - GallatinFriday December 27, 2019 2:00pm
Christopher Hayes Wakefield

Born in Nashville, TN on October 16, 1971

Departed on December 21, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Thursday December 26, 2019 3:00pm to 7:00pmA Celebration of Life: First United Methodist Church - Gallatin Friday December 27, 2019 2:00pm

Christopher Hayes Wakefield, of Gallatin, TN, passed away on December 21, 2019. He was a loving and

devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

Hayes was born on October 16, 1971, in Nashville, TN, to the late Paula Newsom Wakefield and David Preston Wakefield, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Angie Leath Wakefield; sons Alex, Spencer, and Zachary; sister Claire Wakefield Custred and husband Glynn; brothers Wade Wakefield and David Wakefield; father-in-law Homer Leath and wife Betty; brother-in-law Jay Leath and wife Amanda; nieces Abby and Carly Custred, Maclaine, Lauren, and Camryn Wakefield, and Stuart Ann Leath and Riley Fuqua. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Pauline Newsom and James and Jane Wakefield, and mother-in-law, Charlene Sadler Leath.

Hayes was an identical twin to his brother Wade. Growing up, he and Wade would often create mischief by pretending they were the opposite twin. This fun-loving spirit continued throughout Hayes's life and endeared him to his peers and adults alike.

Hayes was a 1990 graduate of Gallatin High School. He went on to earn a degree in business in 1995 from the University of Tennessee. While attending UT, he was an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity where he made many lifelong friends. In 1997, Hayes married the love of his life, Angie. They were married for 22 years and were blessed with three amazing sons.

Hayes began working as a manufacturer's representative in the millwork industry in 1998 and remained in that profession for the rest of his life. He truly loved his job as evidenced by the way he loved working with his customers and manufacturers. His business associates became much more than clients to Hayes; they became his friends.

Faith was important to Hayes as he was an active member and servant of Gallatin First United Methodist Church where he attended with his family for his entire adult life. Hayes also loved sports. He was a member of the GHS Quarterback Club and an avid fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. When not spending time with his family, he enjoyed playing golf with his family and friends.

Hayes lived well and loved big. His sons are a living legacy of his amazing life. We will remember him as the incredible father, devoted husband, loving son, brother, uncle, and friend that he was. In choosing to remember him in this way, cancer does not win; love does.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 27 at Gallatin First United Methodist Church, located at 149 W Main Street in Gallatin, with Rev. James C. Johnson, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Ted Hill officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, December 26 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center located at 584 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.

In lieu of flowers, Hayes requested that memorials be made to Sumner Bank & Trust "Memory of Hayes Wakefield." Donations can be made at any branch of Sumner Bank & Trust or mailed to Sumner Bank & Trust at 780 S Browns Lane, Gallatin, TN 37066. Memorials will be designated to Gallatin High School Choral Department.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

30 Comments Kevin O'Donnell December 23, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

Hayes was a good friend and business associate. Condolences to all.

Steve deBlois December 24, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

Prayers for family and friends.

David Mullins December 23, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply

I worked in Chattanooga TN for 30 years and would see Hayes quite often he was always proffetional and very friendly he will always be in my prayers and thoughts for the entire family.

Marlon McMurry December 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

Prayers for the Family

Danielle Wright December 23, 2019 at 7:03 pm - Reply

I did not know Hayes personally; however, I have worked with and been friends with Linda for 20 years. Just through her stories I feel as if I knew him well. She always spoke so highly of him and cared a great deal for him.

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will continue to be in my prayers.

Elaine Harper December 23, 2019 at 7:09 pm - Reply

Claire, I'm so sorry for your loss! Knowing he is in the best place at Christmas he can be is of some comfort! Prayers for your family!

Teresa Parker December 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm - Reply

Angie and family, so very sorry. Prayers for comfort and peace during this time.

Teresa Parker December 23, 2019 at 8:35 pm - Reply

Angie and family, so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Gabe Palmer December 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

Sorry for your loss David, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim (Ray) Runels December 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm - Reply

Hayes and his brother are staples of Gallatin. I always thought of Wade as the tough guy and Hayes as the sweet guy. I can't think of my teenage years without memories of Hayes and Wade. My heart goes out to Angie and his kids, other family members and Wade. Big loss for all his family, friends and community. It's been a long time since I've seen him but I would still consider him my friend.

Latrice Phipps December 23, 2019 at 10:27 pm - Reply

Hayes was one of my first friends in kindergarten. He was always kind through high school graduation and beyond. He will be missed. This is terribly heartbreaking. Prayers for the whole family.

Connie M Porter December 23, 2019 at 10:31 pm - Reply

We are so sorry we loved Hayes and Wade great friends w my Son… Wade try to remember all the wonderful things you 2 shared. Hayes proved to many that He was a fighter….We loved Hayes and we are sending our love ❤️ and Prayers ߙϰߙϰߘ‚

K'leetha December 24, 2019 at 12:02 am - Reply

Met Hayes in 6th grade and he never met me without a joke or smile from that point on. It was a great being able to share high school classes and activities with him and his brothers. My heart and prayers for healing and peace to his family. Hayes lives on, just in a different form.�'-

Toni Mitchell December 24, 2019 at 12:24 am - Reply

I went to Gallatin High School and UT with Hayes. He was a really cool guy… I remember when he and Wade were in high school, the way I could tell them apart was Hayes was a little chubbier than Wade. I use to always joke with Hayes about it in high school:) Praying for Angie and the entire family.

Ruth Wright December 24, 2019 at 1:50 am - Reply

We are so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you much strength and courage at this time. God is Good ALL THE TIME !! Much Love and Prayers to all the Family. Ruth, Jay, Tracy, and JoAnn Wright

Wayne Drash December 24, 2019 at 2:09 am - Reply

Hayes was a stalwart of GHS Class of 1990 - well loved by us all. News of his passing has shaken us. My thoughts go out to Wade, Angie, his boys and friends.

Renee Workings December 24, 2019 at 3:21 am - Reply

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Hayes was loved by many in the GHS family, and will be dearly missed.

Robert December 24, 2019 at 4:37 am - Reply

I went to high school with Claire and Glen. I am sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to your family

Terri Appleton December 24, 2019 at 7:52 am - Reply

We are heartbroken right now. Angie and boys, prayers are being sent your way. If you need anything we are just across the street. Steve and Terri Appleton

Andrew C. Turner December 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm - Reply

So sorry to hear about Hayes, our prayers are with you Angie and the rest of the family

Valerie (Lanius) Durham December 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm - Reply

I went to school with Hayes and Wade. I am mourning with you all today. I remember Hayes as always smiling and kindhearted. I will be praying for you. May you be comforted by many good memories that you share of him. May the Lord bless and keep you always.

Ron and Julie Becker December 24, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

We are so sorry to hear about Hayes. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with Angie, Alex, Spencer,
Zachary, and the entire family.

Tina Norris December 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm - Reply

Prayers of strength and peace for Angie, your sons, and family.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Don & Carolyn Lamb December 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

So sorry for the loss of Hayes. Will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Don & Carolyn Lamb December 26, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

Angie, we are so sorry for your loss of Hayes. He was such a fine young man. Carolyn and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Shawn Gregory December 27, 2019 at 2:46 am - Reply

Dear Angie and Sons, Hayes was one of the most purely kind, caring, and wonderful people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. From a very young age, he had the rare ability to make everyone around him feel better about themselves and the world. For that reason, and the fact that he was also one of the coolest fellows in the room no matter where the room, I never met anyone who didn’t love him. I am so sorry we have temporarily lost him. Heaven is a better place now with him there.

Matthew Gregory December 27, 2019 at 3:01 am - Reply

We were all better with Hayes. I've got so many great memories of Hayes, as well as Hayes & Angie. Our prayers are with Angie and the boys, Wade and Claire.

Charlie Stout December 27, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply

Like many who knew Hayes from middle and high school years, I remember a kind and cheerful person who was a friend to everyone around him, including me. Quick on his feet, I can still hear his voice and there is a smile in it. The last time we spoke was at the 20th reunion. My prayers are with you Angie and your boys, that your faith deepens through this trial. Prov 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”.

Joe Taylor January 2, 2020 at 5:54 pm - Reply

I just heard about Hayes and my heart is sadden. I had a business relationship with Hayes and count him not only as a business associate but also a friend Saying he will be missed is an understatement. But I must also say why there is saddness but there is also joy. The times I was with Hayes, we were able to share our faith and I believe Hayes is where the Bible says there is no more pain, no more tears. May the Holy Spirit bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Thank ;you for sharing Hayes.

Priscilla Webb Chandler December 9, 2020 at 12:30 am - Reply

I’m truly saddened , I just recently heard about this, prayers for his wife children and entire family, I too remember him in school , it’s so sad. God bless u all

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