October 3, 1970 ~ March 26, 2021

Born in: Bellflower, California
Resided in: Compton, California

Zernell was born on October 3, 1970 to Cecil R Hayes Jr and Lorraine R Thompson.  He grew up in Lynwood California and attended Mark Twain Elementary & Hosler Jr High and graduated from Lynwood High School.  He worked at Cedar Sinai Cancer Center for 18 years as a health information technician.

Zernell was known to some as ‘Nell’, ‘Zeak’, or just plain ‘Z’,   As a child he had many interests and skills. From basketball to music to drawing. Drawing was his first love. He was an excellent artist. He loved hanging out around the neighborhood with his Uncle Iran, cousin Sandee and his little sister Micki.  The four of them grew up in the same household.  He especially loved break dancing with the ‘Cornish Crash Crew’.    Some may even remember him doing backflips halfway down Cornish Ave.

Inspired by the work of a neighborhood friend, Zernell began to take an interest in photography.  He became very passionate about this newfound hobby and perfected his skills and techniques into a professional talent.  He was a stellar photographer and shared his talents with many.   Everyone who knew Zernell or took part in a Photos by Z shoot recognized that his work was phenomenal.

Zernell was preceded in life by his dad, Cecil R Hayes Jr. and also his grandmother Betty J Thompson. Zernell always kept a picture of him and his Grandma close to his heart.

Zernell is survived by his mother, Lorraine R Austin; his son, Kamron Hayes and daughter, BriJae Scarbrough; 2 sisters, Miquel Smith and Salea Hayes Dean; a brother, Cecil R Hayes lll: a niece, Sa’y Hayes; 2 nephews, Cecil R Hayes lV and James Dean and a host of aunties, uncles, cousins and close friends.

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  1. candle 8Miss you Bad seed (Zernell) I love you, co bad seed (Sandee) rest well Nell tell granny I love her

    • To my Cornish Ave friend, only God knows our time her on this Earth. You will be missed my friend always.

  2. candle 4I’m gonna miss those late night phone calls when u wanted to share one of ur inspired poems u had written. Or ur drawings u would send via text, bcuz u wanted to make sure u kept up ur skillz. Ur last caption u sent recently said, “Still have a bit left in my pencil.” 😢

  3. I don’t know why you left us so soon,we’ll never forget you,i will continue to forge ahead in this life with my head held high,and every time i snap a photo ill think of you, you should still be with us,until we met again my friend ill keep you close to my heart with every memory you, me and our friend all shared,bye…….for now.

  4. candle 7I have so many memories of you dear friend. Hard to believe you’re gone home so soon. You had just called to set up a photo shoot and laughing through the whole conversation. That is how I am going to remember you. Always joking about the good ol days. Especially three strikes in a row at the bowling alley at Del Rio Lanes. Rest well Z 🥰

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