STATE ROAD - Mr. John Henry Haynes, 84, of Periwinkle Lane, State Road, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Mr. Haynes was born June 14, 1922, to John Sidney and Lelia Dinkins Haynes. John grew up on the farm in Surry County with three sisters and a brother, Irene Haynes Dobbins, Mary Haynes Dobbins, Ila Haynes Phillips and David Haynes. He attended school at Dobson Elementary and High School. John was active in sports, basketball and football and walked many miles to practice and play. He was chosen to attend Boys State (government) at N.C. State College. He worked in a grocery store in Dobson while attending school. He was always an avid reader and kept abreast of current events. He was a talented leader. John joined the Navy during World War II and attained the rank of fire control man third class. He served on the destroyer USS Charles F. Hughes DD 428. Their duty at this time was to escort convoys in the Pacific. They were steaming astern the USS Missouri during signing of the peace treaty with Japan. Through optics, they could easily see the parties involved in the signing. After discharge, John joined the Naval Reserve and was called back into active duty during the Korean War. John and Louise Simmons were married Oct. 2, 1946, at Elkin Valley Baptist Church by the Rev. J.C. Gualtney. Their family was blessed with a son, Max Grayson Hayes, on March 7, 1948. John went to work for Chatham Manufacturing Co. on Dec. 30, 1946. He took a correspondence course in woolen manufacturing with International Correspondence School in conjunction with working in different departments in his early years at Chatham. He became the head of Cloth Finishing Packaging Department in 1952. While Max was in school, John served as PTA president and served 11 years on the Elkin School Board of Education. John was saved and joined Elkin Valley Baptist Church in 1949. During the following years, he served as chairman of the deacons (at various times), Sunday school director, church training director, Sunday school teacher, chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, chairman of renovation of the sanctuary in 1972 and 1993, and served as a member of the Construction Steering Committee for the Christian Life Center. He served on the Pastor Search Committee on two occasions. In 1972, our family was joined by a daughter-in-law, Katherine Goad; and in 1985 by a grandson, John Robert Haynes. John had been active in the Elkin Baptist Association serving as moderator and on various committees. John Henry Haynes was blessed to reach the age of 84 and still be active in the church and community, although he had experienced several illnesses. John was always a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. In addition to his parents, John Henry Haynes was preceded in death by Irene Haynes Dobbins and Mary Haynes Dobbins. Survivors include his wife, Louise Simmons Haynes, of the home; a son, Max Grayson Haynes, and his wife, Katherine, of Roaring Gap; a brother, Davis Haynes, and his wife, Peggy, of Dobson; a sister, Ila Haynes Phillips, of Winston-Salem; a grandson, John Robert Haynes; and a number of loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services for John Henry Haynes will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Elkin Valley Baptist Church, with the Rev. Johnny Blevins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, at Elkin Valley Baptist Church. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the Elkin Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Johnny Blevins officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.hodgesfuneralhomeinc.com
. Hodges Funeral Home in Elkin is serving the Haynes family.
Published in the Winston-Salem Journal on 12/25/2006.