Gerald William Haynes

Gerald William Haynes, also known as Jerry, peacefully passed away, with his family at his side, on December 27, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia, at the age of 89. He was born on September 8, 1934, in Carloover, Virginia, in Bath County. Jerry was a devoted Christian and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a friend to many and was known for his kind and generous nature. Although not a man of many words, when Jerry spoke, he chose his words with wisdom and love.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Sandy Haynes, who faithfully stood by his side through thick and thin. He is also survived by his daughter, Debbie Keafer, and her husband, Mark; his son, Billy Haynes, and his wife, Colleen; and his daughter, Karen Minetree, and her husband, Bobby. Jerry was a cherished “PopPop” to Amanda Jones and her husband Nathan, Matthew Keafer and his wife Rene, Benjamin Haynes, Jonathan Haynes, Scott Minetree and his wife Ivy, and Leslie Boyd and her husband Doug. He was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren: Abigail, Laura, Emma, Allyson, Audrey, Elizabeth, Anthony, Austin, and Carson. Jerry is also survived by his two brothers, “Pete” Haynes and “Sonny” Haynes.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Ruth Haynes, his brother Donald Haynes, and his sisters Shirley Lennon and “Patsy” Ford.

After graduating from Valley High School in 1952, Jerry furthered his education at the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. He proudly served in the Army Reserve for four years, demonstrating his dedication to our country.

Jerry dedicated 41 years of his career to Newport News Shipbuilding, where he retired as a General Foreman in the X-11 Shipfitters department in 1993. His commitment and expertise were highly valued by his colleagues and superiors.

Jerry found solace and strength in his faith. He was a member of Menchville Baptist Church and attended Rock Church Christian Center. His spirituality guided him throughout his life, and he found comfort in studying his Bible and daily devotional.

In his free time, Jerry enjoyed a variety of hobbies. He could often be found on the golf course, hunting, fishing, woodworking, or tending to his garden. These activities brought him joy and allowed him to connect with nature. Jerry dedicated over 25 years as a member of the Newport News Golf Advisory Board, where his wealth of knowledge regarding the city’s golf courses was second to none. Newport News was very fortunate to have him; his kind and gentle disposition will be missed.

The visitation for Jerry will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. at Menchville Baptist Church. Burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Menchville Baptist Church or Rock Church Christian Center, both located in Newport News, Virginia.

Jerry will be remembered as a devoted Christian, a loving family man, and a respected member of the community. His legacy will live on through the memories shared by those who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.


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