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Susan Smith Hays

April 25, 1962 — May 6, 2021

CLEVELAND- Susan Smith Hays,age 59, of Cleveland, MS, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

A Memorial Service honoring Susan's life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church in Cleveland, MS. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM service time at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church. 

Susan was born April 25, 1962, to Paul and Jean McCord Smith in Charleston, MS. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1979 and went on to obtain a BSN from Delta State University and her Masters in Nursing from Kaplan University.  She married Don Hays on December 31, 2005, in Sevierville, TN. Susan worked at many hospitals and hospices in the local area. Always taking care of others was Susan's life. Prior to her illness, Susan was a FNP at the after-hours clinic in the Cleveland Medical Mall. Susan's hobbies included working in her garden, watching sports, (anything Alabama), spending time with her family--especially with the grandchildren, and going to the beach. She was a devoted Christian woman who had attended the Emmaus Walk and was a faithful member of Morrison Chapel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Jean Smith, and a brother Jody Smith.

Susan is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, Don Hays of Cleveland, MS; Daughter Ginger Hays, and her child Taylee Ann Hays; Son, Phillip Bret (Mallorey) Campbell their child, Ella; Daughter Kristin Blair Campbell; Daughter, Cassi Rene Hays Melton (Tim) and their children Ansley and Russell; Son, Dalton Blake Campbell (Maria); Brothers, Randy Smith of Charleston and Neil Smith of Memphis, TN; Sister, Paula Smith Sykes of Madison, MS.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital or ZOE Ministries. 

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be viewed and signed at


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Service Schedule

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

North Cleveland Cemetery

N Bayou Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732

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Memorial Service

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Morrison Chapel Baptist Church

196 Morrison Chapel Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732

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