Josephine “Mama Jo” Harris Haynes, 93, of Brady, passed away on June 3, 2017.
She was born July 2, 1923 in Brown County to William Bryan Harris and Mary Ethel Tongate. She graduated from Early High School, where she was very active in all sports, and was named the best all around athlete for girls for four years.
She married Noel Riede Haynes on Dec. 24, 1941 in Brownwood. She and Noel moved to Brady in 1948. Josephine entered the workforce in 1950 and retired after 35 years with the McCulloch Electric Coop. Inc. Josephine was a Democratic precinct chairman for many years, and enjoyed meeting new people who moved into the precinct. Josephine was a member of the First Baptist Church. At the time of her death, she was a true Dallas Cowboy fan and San Antonio Spurs fan.
Josephine is survived by her daughter, Joyce Haynes Appleton of Eden; sons, Byron Haynes of Angleton, and Garland (Jan) Haynes of San Angelo; grandchildren, Randy Appleton (special caretaker), Shana (Robert) Reich, Fred (Stacie) Appleton, Riede Myrick, Michael (Kim) Haynes, Craig Haynes, Courtney (Ryan) Wurz, Adam (Amanda) Haynes, Zack (Jazmine) Haynes, Devoni (Mark) Kincaid, Marlana (Jesse) Whitley, and Mindi Brooks. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Noel; daughter Marilyn Myrick and husband Ace E. Myrick; son-in-law Edward R Appleton; grandsons, Ryan Myrick and Weston Haynes; her parents; brothers, Marcus, Harold, and Norman Harris; and sister Maxine Brice.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to be made to charity of your choice.