Virgil Haynes, of Oak Ridge, TN., died at home on Jan. 6, 2015. Mr. Haynes, the son of Millicent and Chester M. Haynes,
Sr., was born on Jan. 2, 1922 near Baker, Oregon. His parents moved to a farm near Caldwell, Idaho in 1924 and he grew
up there. Since June 1943, when he came to work at Y-12 for the Tennessee Eastman Corp., he lived in Oak Ridge. He had
an Engineering degree from the University of Idaho and was also a graduate of the Oak Ridge School of Reactor
Technology. Most of his working career was at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, retiring from Martin Marietta Energy
Systems on Jan. 31, 1985 with over 41 years of service.
He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the BPOE, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Fuller
Society, and was a founding board member of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. He was
honored by Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Tau.
Survivors besides his wife, Dorothy, include, in Birmingham, AL, a daughter, Linda Byrd, a granddaughter Cassidy Byrd
Nelson and husband Jody and great-granddaughter Ayla of Knoxville; son Gary Haynes and wife Laurel of Knoxville and her
daughters Alyssa and Colleen Moore, step-daughter Vicki Hancock, step-granddaughter Angela Acuff and husband Bryan and
their children Rogan and Jurnee; and in South Carolina, step-daughter Peggy Rosser, step-grandson Meca Ward and his
children Brittany, Whitney, and Meca, step-granddaughter Carol and husband Keith Martin and their children Cody,
Kassidy, and Caleb, and step-granddaughter Rachel Rosser and husband Joey McGee and children John David and Chloe
Barbara; and nieces Donna Lopez, Bonnie Eyre and nephew Richard Haynes and many cousins in Idaho. He was preceded in
death by his mother and father, brother and sister-in-law, and first wife, Juanita.
The family will receive friends Friday, January 9, 2015 at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, TN., from
1 PM – 2:30 PM with funeral service to follow, the Rev. Donald Morris officiating. The burial will then take place at
Oak Ridge Memorial Park. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the ET Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, or
to the Kern Memorial United Methodist Church building fund.
- Center for Oak Ridge Oral History
- Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002