Dr. Dewayne Haynes, 94, of Wilmot died September 7, 2020.
He was born in the Gaines community outside of Wilmot on October 14, 1925.
Dr. Haynes was an alumnus of Wilmot High School, Ouachita Baptist University, Henderson University, Texas A&M Commerce, and the University of Mississippi.
He proudly served in the United States Navy as a medical corpsman during World War II, and prior to his honorable discharge, he was placed in charge of three hospital wards for wounded servicemen returning from the Pacific Theater.
Dr. Haynes was an educator, loved teaching and was most proud of his kids. His kids were from the Wilmot, McGehee, Parkdale public school systems and the Bonita, Louisiana school system. His college kids were from Northeast Louisiana University, Ole Miss, the University of Arkansas System and other universities. He said that watching a kid grasp, understand and apply learned concepts was the best part of being an educator. He followed his kids’ careers and often talked about their accomplishments.
Dr. Haynes’ professional affiliations and accomplishments included Outstanding Teacher in Louisiana, meeting Orville Wright and President Eisenhower, serving as Mayor of Wilmot, Arkansas, Chairman of the Board of Delta Bank and Trust, Professor of Education at Northeast Louisiana, Southeast Arkansas Man Power Commission, Superintendent of McGehee and Wilmot Public School Systems. His doctoral dissertation on the legality of government testing of school children was one of the first to explore the legality of the practice. After retirement, he consulted various school systems on federal funding and compliance.
A creative and talented designer, he and his wife owed the Wilmot Flower Shop eventually turning it into Hard Times Antiques. He was also a very good singer and used his gift for many weddings and funerals.
As a member of the United Methodist Church of Wilmot for 70 years, he devoted many hours to teaching Sunday school, leading the choir, and later learning how to play the organ for services.
He loved Wilmot and Ashley County and was constantly consulted on the history of the area and the people who had lived there.
His family would like to thank all his friends in Wilmot, Arkansas, and Bonita, Louisiana, including Errol Barrett, Harry, Billie, and Tracy Mayo, Janet and Darryl Clifton, the Vesper Haynes family, Diane and Stevie Hammond and Harriet and James Johnson. The family would also like to give special thanks to his caregivers Jennifer, Jackie, Kizzy and Amber, who cared for him for the last 3.5 years.
He was preceded in death by wife of 47 years, Mary Allen Schultz Haynes; his parents, Leroy and Belle Sawyer Haynes; and siblings, Mary Frances Haynes, James Haynes and Clayton Haynes.
He is survived by his son, Andrew Haynes and wife, Jan, of Dallas, Texas; his grandson, Harrison Haynes of Fayetteville; his sister, Ruth Ward of Jackson, Mississippi and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. at the Wilmot Cemetery with Pastor Terrie Lynn Bunnell officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, PO Box 160 Wilmot, AR 71676.