Jerry Acton Haynes was born March 25, 1936, in Monette, Arkansas, to Dewitt B. Haynes and Clara Foster Haynes. He passed away on April 4, 2022 surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his sisters Jane Shannon and Julia Ann Brown, and his brothers Dewitt Haynes Jr. and Perry Haynes. At the age of 6, he moved with his family to Jonesboro, where he attended public schools and graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1954. He went on to put himself through college at Arkansas State University where he was involved in student life as a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, including serving as the president, as well as president of the Interfraternity Council. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology. After graduating he became an officer with the Jonesboro Police Department before taking a job with Phillips Petroleum (now Conoco Phillips). During his 30 year marketing career with Phillips, he worked all around the country, retiring as district manager in the state of Texas.
While in Jonesboro, he met and married Carolyn Sue Chambers. Together they had 3 children, to whom he was a devoted and involved father into their adulthood, coaching their various teams and encouraging their interests as they grew up, and passing on his love of golf and football. After retirement, he and Sue moved to Northwest Arkansas, first to Rogers and then Bella Vista, where they spent 17 years. He enjoyed living on one of the area's many golf courses, where he played regularly and traveled with friends to play around the country. The couple had a large and lively group of friends who made a ritual of gathering on Tuesdays and Saturdays at their favorite restaurants. He was passionate about his Arkansas Razorbacks, enjoying season tickets and winning seasons, but often tortured by the less-than-successful ones. He made a point to make friends everywhere he went. He quietly volunteered as a driver for many years for the Bella Vista Community Van, where he helped seniors get to and from visits, errands, and appointments. In 2011, Jerry and Sue moved to Dallas to be closer to their children, and in the ensuing years the family made many more special memories together.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Sue, Jerry is survived by his children, Libby Haynes of Dallas, Clay Haynes of Fort Worth, and Missy Sadler and husband Bret of Fort Worth, sister-in-law Nancy Haynes, and many nieces and nephews. The family particularly appreciates the care of Denise Link and Dr. Robert Toto at the Kidney Clinic at UTSouthwestern in Dallas.
For those who wish to celebrate Jerry's life, donations in his honor may be made to Woodcreek Church in Richardson, Texas, where he & Sue enjoyed being members. By mail: 3400 E. Renner Road, Richardson, TX 75082. Online: www.woodcreekchurch.com
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15