Austin Gene Hayes

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, September 17, 2015

Austin Gene Hayes, 19, of Rutherfordton, N.C., passed away Sept. 15, 2015.

Born in Spartanburg, S.C., he was the son of Sherrie and Tim Stepp of Rutherfordton, N.C.  Austin was a 2015 graduate of Polk County High School. He had a passion for music and mustangs. Austin enjoyed making others smile and laugh. He was employed at Deslee Textile in Inman, S.C.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister Kenley Stepp and a brother Jesse Stepp, grandparents Gene and Diane Blackwell, a grandfather Fred Hayes, and a grandmother Barbara Stepp.  Also surviving are a niece, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Visitation will be held at McFarland Funeral Chapel on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at 11 a.m., at McFarland Funeral Chapel with Dr. Chris Osborn officiating.

A burial will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

An on-line guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, N.C.