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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Mourns the Passing of LeRoy Haynes

LeRoy Madison Haynes Jr., 87, LeRoy, died Friday (July 24, 2009) at home.

A graveside service and burial will be in Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, on Wednesday. At his request, he will be laid to rest in simple fashion and in joyful celebration for anticipated union with his Savior on judgment day.

Services are graciously being provided by Dave Pimm, owner, Veterans Burial and Cremation Service, Chicago. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LeRoy Christian Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the family's request.

LeRoy was born Nov. 13, 1921, in Covington, La., the son of LeRoy M. Haynes Sr. and Annie Cecile Smith Haynes. He married Esther Mae Evans Pierce on Nov. 28, 1955 in Monahans, Texas.

To this union were added Thurman Clark Pierce, Martha Lynn Pierce and Roy Garland Haynes. After Esther's death, he married Martha Luella Sirens (Roy) Bleavins on Feb. 21, 1982, in LeRoy, and loved her children as his own.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia Darniele; a brother, Ralph Haynes; his son, Thurman "Corky" Pierce; and both Esther Pierce and Martha Bleavins.

After serving in the U.S. Army, LeRoy graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1950. He retired from Texaco City Service Pipeline Co. He spent much of his early life in Louisiana and Texas, then Oklahoma; following the pipeline industry, he moved with his family to Illinois in 1971.

He was an avid reader and gardener, but most earnestly sought out the teachings of Christ as a fundamental Christian. His strong and ever-supportive companion in this endeavor was his beloved wife, Martha. He was an active member of the LeRoy Christian Church and for his church's love and support, eternally grateful.

He loved music and was a solo vocalist for his church and the community for many years.

LeRoy is survived by his a sister, Dorothy (William) Chmylak; his brothers Sidney and Robert Haynes; his daughter, Martha L. Haynes Bruton, San Angelo, Texas; son, R. Garland Haynes WHS '79, Valparaiso, Ind.; grandsons, Tyler P. Haynes and Bryce M. Haynes, Heyworth; and granddaughter, Tara L. Bruton, San Angelo, Texas.

He was also blessed and is survived by a wonderful extended family, including Clara L. Toohill WHS '79 Gresham, his former daughter-in-law; and stepchildren, Raymond (Caroline) Bleavins, Marietta (John) Ashworth, Karen VanNote and Diane (Pat) Pratt, and many wonderful stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren, including one very special great-granddaughter, Kelly Davis.

LeRoy Haynes lived on 4th Street in Wapella for many years, where he was known for his kind hospitality, gentlemanly candor and support of community. All flag 1/2 mast please for US Army Veteran LeRoy Haynes.


Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Leroy Haynes. My condolences to the Haynes family.


Anonymous said...

Mr. and Mrs. Haynes were the first Southerners I ever met. After 13 years in Dixie I would still consider them as the consummate lady and gentleman. LSU and the South lost one of their best.


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