Of Faith And Fables

By Bob Haynes

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But what one remembers most are his personal qualities. His courage in his last days was inspiring; miraculously, he had penned his final column only a short time before he passed away. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him, and I will forever be proud that he was my friend. What follows is an obituary written by his daughter, Sara Merritt.)

Robert McNabb Haynes, 73, passed away on August 2, 2011, at his home in Georgetown, Texas. He was born August 25, 1937 to Thomas Harold Haynes and Ethyl Fern Haynes in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He graduated from Fort Smith High School and then graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Psychology, and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling. Robert (Bob) is predeceased in death by his mother and father, his first wife, ZoeAnn Haynes, his older brother Harold Jr. and his younger brother Dick.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sara Merritt and husband, Cliff and granddaughter Randi; Sherry Boan and husband, Charles and grandchildren, Brooke, Ben and Brock. He is further survived by his wife, Marci Boone Haynes, her two children, Sam T. Goodner and his wife, Caroline and grandchildren, Sam Jackson and Katherine; and Melanie Reyes and husband, Rommel and grandchildren, Nathan and Amanda Stuart and Elia, Lily and Diana Reyes.

Bob was actively involved in his community wherever he lived. In Ardmore, Oklahoma, he was involved in city management and was also the Mayor. Bob and ZoeAnn were both actively involved in the “Walk to Emmaus” through the First United Methodist Church.

Bob and ZoeAnn moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2000. He was the Executive Director of Mainstreet, Bentonville, which he later changed to “Downtown Bentonville, Inc.” This laid the groundwork for most of the downtown activities that now take place, such as “First Friday.” Bob and ZoeAnn introduced “Walk to Emmaus” to the congregation at The First United Methodist Church in Bentonville, Arkansas. As a result, more than 200 people have attended this spiritual experience. Bob was well-known for his motivational column, “Faith and Fables,” both in Arkansas and Mexico.         


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