Remembering John Willis Haynes

With great sadness, the family of John Willis Haynes (94) of Shreveport, Louisiana, announces his passing August 25, 2023 in Dallas, Texas after a brief illness, surrounded by family.

Willis was born to Justus and Annie Pearl Haynes on October 8, 1928, in Saline, Louisiana.

He served in the US Navy aboard USS Tucson (CL-98), then attended Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary before receiving his Masters degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.He taught Math in Bossier Parish and in Caddo Parish for 30 years before becoming a school counselor.

Willis was ordained to the gospel ministry at Carolina Baptist Church in Saline, Louisiana and loved serving in churches where he and his family were members, including Summer Grove Baptist Church and Kingston Road Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana as a deacon and Sunday School teacher, and often visited church members in their homes or in hospitals, offering encouragement and support.

An avid fisherman, Willis enjoyed fishing on the lake as often as possible and loved hosting fish fries in his home. He also enjoyed hunting as well as attending extra curricular events where he watched his children and grandchildren participate in band and sports. You could always find Willis growing the juiciest backyard tomatoes and enjoying Dallas Cowboys football games.

Willis is survived by his daughter Melinda Hawkins (Troy) of Mesquite, Texas, and his son Jon Haynes (Kelli) of Shreveport, Louisiana; his grandchildren: Madeline Haynes and Jonathan Haynes, as well as numerous dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Willis is preceded in death by his parents Justus and Annie Pearl, his wife Joan, his first wife Patricia, and his daughter Sharon, as well as his brother Wilson Haynes, older sister Laura Kyle, and younger sister Barbara Robinson.

A Celebration of Willis’ life will be held Friday, September 1, 2023 at Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold, Louisiana (2438 Military Road) with visitation from 9:00-9:45 am and service at 10:00 am, followed by graveside service at Carolina Baptist Church in Saline, Louisiana (253 Carolina Church Road).

The family would like to thank doctors, nurses, and staff at Baylor Hospital in Dallas for their impeccable care, treating him not only with expertise, but also with dignity and respect.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorials may be made to International Mission Board ( or North American Mission Board ( to honor Willis’ heart for sharing the gospel through missions.

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