Longtime Conway resident Lewis Calhoun Haynes died Monday (Aug. 4, 2003)
in Dallas, Texas. He and his family moved to Conway in 1940 and maintained
residence there until 2000. The second of 10 children, he was born June 9, 1911,
in Mineral Springs, Ark., to James Louis and Vana Bell McCarrell Haynes.
|Born: June 9, 1911|
|Died: August 4, 2003|
Mr. Haynes was involved in the building trade for most of his life. Many
bridges and overpass structures in Arkansas were built under his supervision,
including the first concrete curved bridge in Arkansas. That bridge is located
just south of Clinton on Highway 65.
In 1941, he completed the Imboden overpass in North Little Rock. His work
on the East Roosevelt Road overpass at Ninth Street in Little Rock was stopped
by World War II in 1942. During the war, Mr. Haynes worked at Camp Robinson
in North Little Rock and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri before signing on with
the effort at Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Following the war, he supervised the construction of buildings throughout Arkansas,
including the Faucett Building and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building expansion in
Little Rock. In Conway, he supervised the building of Hulen Hall at Hendrix College.
Mr. Haynes had a following of many of his fellow tradesmen from Conway and the
Mr. Haynes was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a Shriner and a
Mason, a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. While in Conway,
he was past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and past Grand
Patron of the OES of Arkansas. Also, he was an advisor to the DeMolay.
Mr. Haynes was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Clara Marie
McLane (1970); his daughters, Eva Mae (1935) and Edrie Lynn Whatley (2000);
his wife of 29 years, Vinnie Ileen Colvin (2000); his parents and five siblings.
He is survived by seven children, Willard L. (Farmington, Mo.), Roger Earl
(Aurora Colo.), Ronald Ned (Louisville, Ky.), Mary Louise Webb (Wildwood,
Fla.), Ruby Jean Gillian Valderaz (Garland, Texas), Anna Carole Sosebee
(Rowlett, Texas), and Thena Ludean Lovelady (Greenbrier); 13 grandchildren;
eight great grandchildren; and four siblings, Clara Florence Smith (Ocala,
Fla.), Howard Lawrence Haynes (Shreveport, La.), Florene Grace Franklin
(Springhill, La.) and Ernest M.C. Haynes (The Colony, Texas).
Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Roller-McNutt Funeral
Home in Conway. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Roller-McNutt
Funeral Home withl burial to follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park with Pastor John
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