James R. Haynes, 71, passed away at home surrounded by family, on August 29, 2014, under the care of St. Anthony's Hospice.
He was born on May 24, 1943 in Wyatt, MO, son of John Mac and Lois (Sauls) Haynes.
He married Evelyn (Barnett) Haynes on May 29, 1964 in Alton, IL. She survives.
Jim served in the army. He worked for several river companies, retiring from Peavey Eagle Fleet, a division of Con Agra.
Jim was very active in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Jim, as an individual and his team, "Imagine", were the top fundraisers for years. His team was one of the top three fundraising teams in Illinois one year.
Jim was known for his wit and wonderful since of humor. He was a man who loved to laugh, loved to help others, and loved his family above all else.
Jim is survived by his wife of fifty years, Evelyn; two children, who he loved very much, son, Rick (Cindy) Haynes; daughter, Lisa (Troy) Dailey; proud and loving grandfather to five grandchildren, Courtney Dailey, Lauren (Matt) Alexander, Colin Dailey, Samuel Haynes, and Elizabeth Haynes; two great grandchildren who he adored, Skyler Dailey, Janson Alexander, and a soon to be great granddaughter, Jolynn; sister, Mary Brooks; brother-in-law, Otis Watkins; two cousins, Lana Johnson and Marilyn Dawson, who were like sisters and have always been a part of his life and so caring while he was ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Pat Spriggs. Maxine Watkins, Sandy Jones, Carol Graves; cousins, Delores Morgan and Irene Ehlers; aunt and uncle, Jim and Norma Sauls, who were an important part of his life.
There will be a celebration of his life reception on Saturday, September 13 from 6-10 p.m. at Julia's Banquet Center in East Alton, for friends and family.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 5 Schiber Ct., Maryville, IL 62062 or Parkinson's Disease Research at Washington University, Dr. Susan Criswell, 660 S. Euclid Av, St. Louis, MO 63110.
Marks Mortuary in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.