Joe Ray Haines was born Aug. 29, 1955, in Osceola to Hank and Audrey Haines and died on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from complications of the Coronavirus disease.
Between his birth and death, Joe lived a life wearing many hats. Those of an oilfield operator, a butcher, a grocery store owner, a truck driver, a carpenter, a Scout Master and a cattleman –– his favorite being the white Stetson of the Auctioneer.
If you knew Joe, you knew that he enjoyed hunting, fishing and foraging in nature for a tasty treat, a good cup of coffee and a wild story or two. You knew his opinion on most things and knew that he was a good man and not afraid to show it.
Joe’s most challenging role was that of a parent and also his most rewarding. He was the parent of Katie Rantz, of Missouri, Jami Beth Schulte of Ozark and Jody Haines of Stockton. He was proud of his daughters and welcomed their mates, Joe and Ryan, into his life. Joe committed himself to his son Jody and giving him the best life possible to meet his special needs.
While raising his own three children, death struck the family of his nephew and niece, Sean and Jennifer Hamby. Joe brought them into his home and loved them into adulthood.
Joe married Jamie DiGesualdo on Aug. 2, 2001, bringing three more children into his life, Jayson, Mike and Alexandra. Joe loved his wife and her children as his own. He was a goofy Papa Joe to over 20 grand and great grandchildren.
He was a brother to a sister, Jeani Longstreth and her husband Kent, of Moundville; and to Jim Haines and his wife, Fran, of Ozark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and two very best friends, Donald Turner and Mark Rosenbaum. Oh, what a bird hunt they must be on today. We will miss him.
Graveside services will be held at Hamby Cemetery at 10 am Friday, Aug. 20, with a potluck luncheon at Zumwalt Expo Center for close friends and family.
The family requests donations for maintenance of Hamby Cemetery in lieu of flowers. Checks can be made out to Mike or Doug Haines.