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John Douglas Hayman
March 14, 1943 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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John Douglas Hayman of Edna went to be with the Lord surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 11th, 2022 at the age of 79. John was born on Sunday, March 14, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Milam and Sybil Hayman. He was raised in Goodrich, Texas where he graduated as Salutatorian from Goodrich High School. There, he was an All-State athlete and earned titles including Mr. GHS, Mr. Personality and many more accolades. Continuing his education at Sam Houston State University, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business. John accomplished all of this while also assuming the role of head of household at the age of 16 when his father suddenly passed away.
After graduation John was an Auditor for the OIG and then was called to serve his country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969. On December 20th, 1969, he married Linda Jean Garrett. He then began his career in Sales with Fullwell Motor Products. Eventually finding his passion working as a District Manager which gave him the freedom to pursue his other passion with ranching. John and Linda moved to Edna, Texas in 1982 where he resided until his passing.
John's greatest pride and joy was his family. He was a devoted son and a loving husband, father, brother and papa. He was known for his witty humor and his East Texas "papa-isms" as lovingly referred to by his family. John enjoyed visiting with others and telling stories about his youth and time in the service. He truly loved being with his cows and spending time outdoors. Early on, because of his financial wisdom, he enjoyed investing in and tinkering with the stock market, spending hours discussing strategy with his father-in-law and later passing those wisdoms to his son-in-law. He also enjoyed square dancing with his wife, playing 42 and cards with friends and loved the challenge of a good puzzle. John loved football and you could find him often on a Friday night at an Edna Cowboy's football game. Or in front of the tv anytime the Dallas Cowboys came on. He also loved any sport his grandkids were playing and would travel hours just to see them play. John served the Edna community as the Supervisor Committee Chairman for the Teacher's Credit Union for 15+ years. Being a man of great faith and his desire to pass that down to future generations he taught the youth of Edna for many years as a Sunday School Teacher. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Edna for 40 years.
John is survived by his wife Linda of 52 years as well as Daughters, Kami Muschalek (Darrell), Kristi Fyke, Leigh Miller (Justin); Grandchildren, Weston (Shannon) and Caleb Muschalek, Ashton and Kaylee Schneider, Kayghan Stewart, Kayden, Kallan and Kinleigh Miller; and 2 great-grandsons, Levi Muschalek and Elias Schneider; Sister, Wanda Dawson; Brother, Rev. Kenneth Hayman (Cathy); and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Milam Hayman and Sybil Hayman Stephens; Step-father, D.D. Stephens; and a very close aunt and uncle, Jim Reynolds and Anita "Niter" McGee.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 16th at the First Baptist Church in Edna, Texas. Visitation will be at 9:00 am, followed by the funeral at 10:00 am, he will be buried at Red Bluff Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Slavik Funeral Home, 209 N. Allen St. Edna, TX 77957, 361-782-2152.