Baton Rouge’s first Black city bus driver passes away; funeral arrangements set

Clovis BamBam Hayes
Clovis BamBam Hayes(Family)
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 1:58 PM CDT|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 10:52 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Clovis “BamBam” Hayes, the first Black city bus driver in Baton Rouge, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, according to his family.

Family members said it was with sadness and heavy hearts that they had to report his death. He was 87 years old.

Funeral arrangements for Hayes have been announced. The family said masks are required.

Viewing: Friday, May 13, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at New Light Missionary Baptist Church on Blount Road in Baton Rouge

Funeral: Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at Beech Grove Baptist Church on LA 961 in Clinton

The family added it has chosen to wear red in honor of heart disease awareness.

Hayes was the feature of a story done by WAFB in 2017 when CATS celebrated him long after his retirement.

RELATED: CATS celebrates first African American bus driver, now retired

The bus company asked him to learn to drive a bus after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. His first route was on Capitol Avenue, which is now Capitol Avenue and East Boulevard.

Hayes was president of the usher board at Beech Grove Baptist Church in Clinton and was always willing to help anyone in need of a ride or a good conversation.

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