Jerry Lynn Haney was born Dec. 10, 1944, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the younger son of Earl Ellis Haney and Maggie Lou Hooks Haney.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior when he was seven years old, and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1963, where he was All-State and All-American football player and selected for membership in the Wildcat Hall of Fame and the All-Century team. He went on to play football for the Baylor Bears and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1967. He later received a Master’s of Science from Texas A&M-Commerce.
He was a football coach for 35 years and taught government at Paris Junior College for seven years. He served as a Baptist deacon and also served as athletic director in Huffman ISD and Coldspring ISD. He touched many young lives serving as coach, educator, mentor and father, and has left a legacy of Christian love and service to all.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Morgan Haney, of Coldspring, Texas; two daughters, Kristen Haney Jernigan and her husband, Jerry, of Keller, Texas, and Tiffany Haney Barton and her husband, Ryan, of Katy, Texas; four grandchildren, Timothy Jernigan, Erin Jernigan, Rebecca Barton and Nathan Barton; one brother, Jim Haney and his wife, Linda, of Sulphur Springs, Texas; one sister, Beverly Price of Athens, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring, Texas.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, 419 Gilmer St., Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Funeral services for Mr. Haney will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, 116 Oak Ave.
In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Jerry L. Haney Fund, Gospel for Asia, 1800 Golden Trail Ct., Carollton, Texas 75010. Telephone: 800-946-2742. This fund will be used to build a church in India.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, 303 E. Crockett, Cleveland, Texas. 281-592-2641
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