Mr. James Matthew Haynes, of Richmond, Va., died Thursday, July 4, 2019. He was born in 1942 to the late Roy Wilson Haynes and the late Lena Sapere Haynes in Norfolk, Va., where his father worked supporting the war effort.
He grew up in Richmond, was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, then joined the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Following military service, he attended Richmond Professional Institute (later VCU) and retired in 2000 from a career in nuclear power quality control. Mr. Haynes was married and is survived by a son, James Matthew Haynes Jr., and his wife, Meredith, and grandsons, Jake and William Haynes, all of Richmond.
Mr. Haynes lived on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for many years. He taught his son to appreciate the bay and the ocean and how to fish. He was a coach for Shore Little League, a member and past president of Exmore-Belle Haven Lions Club and had an extensive collection of Eastern Shore farm memorabilia.
After he retired, he returned to live in Richmond and enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s soccer and baseball games. He also enjoyed traveling with his friend, Linda Groome.
A memorial gathering will be held in Richmond Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Commonwealth Club, 401 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, at 4 p.m. On Saturday, July 20, 2019, his family will receive friends on the Eastern Shore at the Eastville Inn, 16422 Courthouse Road, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Monument Fund, PO Box 483, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.