Vearl Lloyd Haynes, 69 - Springerville, AZ

Vearl Lloyd Haynes, age 69, died at his home in Springerville, Arizona, July 18, 2009. He was born in Ritchie County, WV, on May 2, 1940, to Lloyd E. and Lillie Kerns Haynes. He was raised in Grantsville and graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1958. He married Virginia (Jinny) Long in 1959, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Vearl accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in his early teens and was true to that commitment throughout his life. He was a deacon in the First Southern Baptist Church of Springerville.

He attended West Virginia University on a full football scholarship and received his BS in Forest Management with honors in 1962. He worked for the US Forest Service as a forester, district ranger, and staff officer on the Monongahela, Chippewa, and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. He retired in 1994.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt elk in the White Mountains of Arizona. He spent the summer season of 2003 and 2004 on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. He and Jinny were volunteers managing a bunk house on the district in Thorne Bay. He was able to get in many hours of fishing there and loved it.

He is survived by his wife and three children: Vivian Thompson (Don), Mesa, AZ; Jenny Harrold (Mark), Springerville, AZ; and Vearl Haynes, Jr., Kingman, AZ; six grandchildren, Christian, Matthew, Anna, Reagan, Erin, and Faith; his brother Voras Haynes (Betty) Valley Bend, WV; and his Beagle Missy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the First Baptist Church of Springerville. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the White Mountain Gideons, P.O. Box 2125, Show Low, AZ 85902 or your local Gideon organization.