Jerry Don Haire of Abilene, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, December 17, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. in Houston, TX. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 21 at the First Baptist Church in Abilene with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South.
Jerry was born to Roy Coleman Haire and Lois Lee Haire in Lubbock, TX on October 2, 1947. He graduated from ODonnell High School in 1966. He received an Associate in Arts Degree from South Plains College in 1969 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation with emphasis in Horticulture from Texas Tech University in December of 1971. Jerry married Ronda Jean Johnson from Stamford, Texas on December 23, 1972. Upon his graduation from Tech he was employed as the Assistant Grounds Keeper at OSU in Stillwater, OK. He was the Nursery Manager at Los Patios Garden Center in Midland, TX from 1973 until February of 1975. He and Ronda moved to Waco, TX where they resided from 1975 to 1994. While in Waco he held the positions of Assistant Parks Director for the City of Waco; Director of the Fort Fisher Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Complex; and owner and operator of Evergreen Landscape and The Tree Doctor. In 1994, he and Ronda moved to Snyder, TX where he was employed by Western Texas College as a Horticulture instructor in the Price Daniel Prison Unit. In 2004, they moved to Abilene, but he continued to teach horticulture in the prison at Snyder. He was a member of the Texas Nurserymen and Landscape Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene. He enjoyed working in his yard, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a strong, but gentle man of few words and loved by all who knew him. He was a loyal friend and a loving husband and father. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he has touched through the years. His life was a testimony to his faith in Jesus Christ, especially in the last years of his life.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1965 and his mother in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Ronda, of Abilene; one son, Austin Grant and wife, Audra, from Dallas; one daughter, Molly Catherine, from Dallas; brother, Charles Haire and wife Loretta, from Lubbock: brother, Bobby Haire, from Brownwood; father-in-law, A. C. Johnson of Abilene; brother-in-law, Russell Johnson and wife, Karen, of Midland; special friends, Lance and LeAnn Howerton, of Mineral Wells; and a host of nephews and neices.
Ronda, Austin Audra and Molly
How sad we are to learn about Jerrys long illness and death. We know that God is in control and that Jerry is with Him now in Heaven. Though we will no longer be able to be with Jerry on earth, he had a wonderful Christmas with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and he no longer hurts and suffers. May Jerrys life, illness and death be a testimony to all that knew him and ever came in contact with him.
May God comfort and guide each of you as you learn to go on each new day in His will and plan for you. May His blessings continue to enrich your lives as you further the Kingdom for Him. May His peace rise above all understanding.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and hope to see you in 2008
Robyn, Dale, Alan Aaron
Robyn, Dale, Alan Aaron MaricleEddy, TX
Ronda and family, We saw the notice in the Waco paper. We will never forget Jerrys sweet, timid smile. You never really lose someone you love when you know where they are. We love you Dick and Billye Owens
Billye OwensWaco, TX
Ronda, how shocked we were to see this obituary I am so sorry for your loss and absence of Jerry in everyones life. He was a wonderful man and loved you and Austin and Molly so much. I will be on my knees during Jerrys service to offer prayer support and love for you and the kids.
Kara,Laura and Todd Beckmann
Debbie BeckmannWaco, AL
I was so sad to read about Jerrys death in the paper this morning. Please know that I am thinking about you and your family. Such a nice expression of his life
I remarried in 2003 after being single for many years. In case Debra hasnt read the Obituary page today, I will tell her.
Give my regards to your kids, Russell and Karen.
Peggy Wilson BordersWaco, TX
I wanted to let you know how sorry I am during your loss from earth of your husband and father. It was my honor to have been a Childrens Church teacher at First United Methodist Church in Waco when Austin and Molly were growing up and while you were still in town May God bless you and hold you very close at this time and always.
Connie ClutterLongview, TX