Mr. Jeffrey Grant Hayes, of Atlanta, GA passed away on January 5, 2015. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. and Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Survivors include his wife, Melissa; daughter, Gemma; parents, Patricia and Grant; brother; Mitch and wife Kim; brother, Greg and wife Renita; nephew Drew and nieces Katie and Erin. Jeffrey grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Lawrenceville and graduated from Central Gwinnett High School. He earned his BBA degree from the University of Georgia in 1994 and enjoyed a distinguished tenure as a commercial broker at CRC Insurance Company in Atlanta. During that time period, Jeff and the love of his life, Melissa, started a boot camp in Piedmont Park. This boot camp was the foundation for what later became BTB Crossfit. In 2007 he and Melissa founded BTB Crossfit Gym in Poncey Highlands and subsequently opened a second gym in Buckhead. He and Meslissa touched hundreds of lives through their gyms and developed many life long friendships. For those that knew Jeff, nothing else need be said. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was an incredible husband, father, son and brother. He fought a courageous battle against lymphoma and complications from a bone marrow transplant. Jeff leaves a tremendous void in his family and community. Those desiring may send flowers or make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3715 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327. Online condolences can be made at

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  1. I am so saddened to hear this news. Jeff was truly one of a kind. He always had that great smile and it was contagious to all who knew him. May Melissa, Gemma, Grant, Pat and the rest of the family find strength and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. My heart is completely broken. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hayes family during this terribly difficult time.

  3. My heart goes out the Hayes family, especially his wife and little girl, during this difficult time. Even in his toughest times, Jeff always managed to keep a positive attitude that was contagious. I am saddened at his passing and will miss his wonderfully smile.

  4. Our hearts are broken for Jeff’s family and especially his wife Melissa and daughter Gemma. Our son Adam loved Jeff like a brother and will miss him terribly. May God’s peace surround all of you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

  5. My sincere sympathy to the entire Hayes family at this very difficult time. Although I did not have the opportunity to meet Jeff, through my friendship with Mitch and Kim, I would like to wish you comfort by the outpouring of love from extended friends of the family. Peace, prayers and blessings.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hayes family at this time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  7. My deepest sympathy extends to the Hayes family and all who loved Jeff. He was a great friend to my son since childhood. As a mother, I am truly grateful for all the joy, memories and blessings he brought to Gary’s life. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Greg, we are all so sadden to hear of the sad news of Jeff,s passing, our thought and prayers will be with you and your family during this very difficult time.

  9. I am so sorry for the whole family. So young to leave his family. We did not know Jeff personally but I did know Grant and Pat.

  10. Tim and I extend our deepest sympathy to Greg, Renita and the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with all of you during this very difficult time.

  11. Jennifer and I are saddened to hear of the loss of Jeff today. A truly fine gentleman who put others before himself. I had the pleasure to work with Jeff and enjoy his infectious zest for life & ability to be welcoming to all. I never attended Boot Camp but those that did were affected in a very positive way. Melissa and Gemma you are very much in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.

  12. I met Jeff our senior year at CHS in Spanish class. He was really nice, and made class fun. I had an opportunity to see him again at our first reunion, and have been following him on Facebook for the last 4 or 5 years. It is obvious he loved life, his family and friends. My heart goes out to his wife, daughter, parents, siblings, and friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Mitch and Kim are wonderful inspirations to so many of us at RunOn and sounds like Jeff followed in his big brothers foot steps. Jeff sounds like an amazing person that achieved so much in his short life . That’s something special and God surely will continue to bless him.

  14. My deepest sympathy extends to the Hayes family for their loss. Jeff was a fighter and determined to win this battle, but God had other plans for him. He will surly be missed and remembered fondly.

  15. My heart breaks to hear this sad news this morning. My condolences for the entire Hayes family. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace and comfort. God speed Jeff. Fly with the Angels !!!!!!

  16. Pat & Grant.
    We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Our prayers are with you and you family.

  17. I was privileged to know Jeff and work with him over the years both In insurance and sweating on the fields of Piedmont Park. His boundless energy and positive attitude were inspiring. Melissa and Gemma, I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was an incredible friend to all whose paths he crossed, he will be missed by so many. Praying for God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  18. So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family to find peace.
    Margaret (Stewart) Wise //CGHS, Forest Hills neighbor

  19. Most of my memories from central, most of the best times in my life, include u n the gang, and the hijinks, the crazy things we did. U helped define the man I am today, and did it always with a smile. Im so lucky to have had u as a friend.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss of a husband, father, son and brother. I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up with Jeff or go to school with him (because it sounds like that would have been a whole lot of fun) but you could tell anyway that he was the type of guy who raised the temperature in a room. Such a great loss to so many. I’m so very sorry.

  21. My deepest condolensces to Melissa, Gemma, and the Hayes family. I feel so blessed to have known Jeff. He was full of life and approached life great passion, intensity, and drive. He touched and changed so many people’s lives, including mine. He loved helping people unleash their full potential. I was born with a physical challenge, and when I joined Cross Fit in the fall of 2007, Jeff was adamant on helping me find ways to adapt weight lifting movements. I will not forget Jeff; Everytime I use my hook, I will smile remembering him and the profound impact he had on my life.

  22. Our deepest sympathies go out to Greg and all the Hayes family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  23. So very sorry to learn of your loss. I did not know Jeffery but have known and admired his brother, Greg, for many years. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I trust that the passage of time will begin to heal the pain you feel now and that the void of today will soon be supplanted with wonderful memories of a life well lived.

  24. Mitch, Marian and I are thinking of you at this time with the loss of Jeff. I know he must have been a great guy knowing his brother. Thinking of you Masta!


  25. My deepest condolences to Melissa and all of the Hayes Family. My thoughts and prayers go out for all of you.

  26. We are very saddened to hear about the loss of Jeff. I never had the pleasure of really getting to know Jeff, but by all the stories we can see that he had a real impact on many people’s lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg and all the Hayes family.

  27. I am very sad to hear this news. I spent a lot of time as a kid playing with Jeff, Joey Cook, David Mahle, etc. in and around Forrest Hills. May God be with each and every member of Jeff’s family.

  28. My sincerest condolences to Melissa, Gemma and the Hayes Family. I pray that the many happy memories of Jeff’s life with all of you and the knowledge of how many lives he touched so positively and enduringly, will sustain you at this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  29. This is very sad news, our prays and thoughts are with Melissa, Gemma and the Hayes family. Although I have not seen Jeff recently, he (and Melissa) always made me feel like one of the family when I visited Atlanta!! Jeff truly was one of the nicest and generous people you would ever meet. Hugs and kisses from the Harris family in not so sunny London!! xx

  30. I am very saddened to hear the news of Jeff’s passing, but admire his courage, strength and perseverance throughout his battle(s). I’ve not seen Jeff in over 20 years, but have great memories from high school and a few years after. Always a leader, full of fun and great spirit, and ALWAYS with a smile on his face. He will be missed. And he will be remembered fondly by many. My prayers go out to all that knew and loved him, especially for his family. Prayers for strength, peace and comfort to all. God certainly gained a good one.

  31. Julie & I were deeply saddened to hear of Jeffs passing. He was a truly unique individual who touched so many lives, in so many ways, with his positive energy, and zest for life! Melissa, Gemma, and the entire Hayes family, may you seek comfort in your memories of Jeff at this difficult time, and know that you will be in our thoughts, and our prayers.

  32. My deepest sympathies to Jeff’s entire family. I grew up with him in Forrest Hills, we went to high school together and ironically we ended up working together at CRC some 18 years later. Jeff had an infectous smile and a zest for life. He will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with Melissa, Gemma, Pat, Grant and his entire family.

  33. I’ll always remember his beautiful smile. As the parent of one of his friends , I always thought he was one of the most polite and nicest of friends. Melissa, you were loved by one of the best. Our prayers are with you, Gemma and the rest of the family.

  34. What a devestating loss for the Hayes family. My deepest condolences for Melissa and Gemma. God bless the entire family during this most difficult time.

  35. Remember Jeff well from Forest Hills and so very sorry to hear the news. Condolences and peace to all of his family.

  36. I will always have fond memories of the time Jeff was in my life. Although brief, he made a huge impact on me, and I will never forget his kindness. May your spirit forever roam free.

  37. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Jeff from my days with Hayes, James. The last time I saw him was when Thomas James passed away and I was surprised he had grown so much. He had grown into a young man. Grant and Pat, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  38. My heart goes out to Melissa, Gemma and the Hayes family. I worked with Jeff at CRC and I am glad to have met and known him. He was always full of energy and kind to everyone around him and a success at such a young age. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

  39. Melissa, I was stunned and beyond saddened to hear about Jeff’s passing. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to you, Gemma and your entire family.

  40. I remember Jeff as a cute little boy in our neighborhood and how handsome he was. I am so sorry about his passing and my heart goes out to his mother and dad. What a tragic loss for his family.

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