PADUCAH, Ky. - William Emmitt (Hoppy) Hayden, 79, of Paducah, Ky passed away at 1:58 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013 at his residence.
Hoppy was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, he had a B.S. and two Master Degrees from Murray State University; he retired as a school teacher with 33 years of service, having taught in Gallup, NM, Barstow, CA, Paducah City and McCracken Co. school systems. While at Gallup, NM school system he tutored children at night from the Indian Reservation; he coached football, track, swimming, fencing, scuba diving and skin diving; had a black belt in Judo and Jujitsu, teaching Jujitsu and having taught the largest Dojo in Southern, CA; taught policeman self defense; he was a long bow enthusiast placing first in his division and consistently placed 1st in his division in the 45 auto pistol shoot; while in New Mexico, he and a friend carried the Olympic torch from the 1964 Olympic Summer Games into Arizona, which was farther than anyone in the United States; Hoppy formed the first Paducah Running Club (The Paducah Road Runners) and promoted the first marathon in Paducah. Hoppy was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran having served in Panama.
Hoppy Hayden is survived by his wife, Monna Rhea Bradford Hayden; one daughter, Teresa Hayden of Paducah; two sons, Michael Hayden and wife Laura of Paducah and Christopher Hayden and wife Libbie of Boise, ID; two granddaughters, Sarah Elizabeth Hayden and Katie Rhea Hayden; one niece, Lydia Rella and husband Andy; two nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Mannuel Hayden, Boyd Hayden and Sonny Hayden. His parents were, Ewing E. Hayden and Pauline Throgmorton Hayden.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Brian Roby officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The Hayden family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to charity of choice.
You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com
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