Don Haymes

December 3, 1940June 1, 2019

Don Haymes was born on December 3, 1940 and passed away on June 1, 2019.


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Hans Rollmann

June 7, 2019

It is with sadness that I heard of my dear friend's death on June 1, 2019. Only two weeks ago, Don had sent me a long and helpful letter. Don Haymes was not only a friend to me but also a spiritual adviser and generous helper. He represented to me the model Christian who was not willing to compromise God's Kingdom with the Kingdoms of this world. He had a rare but great gift: to distinguish spirits... I am writing this in Switzerland, but my thoughts are close to his beloved wife Betty and his son Malcolm and his family to whom I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathies. With 1Thess 4:13: "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope." (NIV)

Perry Cotham

June 6, 2019

While it's true that everyone is unique, just a handful of people are a little more unique than all others. Don Haymes was one of the latter--one of the most unforgettable characters anyone might meet. He and I first started corresponding through reading one another's articles in Mission Journal and Integrity in the late 60s or early 70s. I will never forget the first time he called me, a long distance call , I think from Abilene--that unique expression in the deep, thunderous voice and, not having expected his call I honestly thought it was some jokester disguising his voice. Yet that was the beginning of a friendship that has lasted a long time. Don harbored no reservations about asking if he could spend the night in our home when he was traveling between cities or headed to a conference, and that gave opportunity to know each other better. Then he and I traveled in my vehicle from Nashville up to Bethany, West VA in 1976 for a conference in politics and Christianity. On the return trip, an all-night drive, Don made sure I did not go to sleep at the wheel with his constant singing, his observations, his humor (I recall his musical adaptation of "Camelot" into "Campbellite" and wish I could remember all the words). Don often encouraged me in research and writing. His mind was as brilliant as that as anyone I have known. That mind was a steel trap for major concepts as well as minutiae of all kinds. He was truly a gifted writer. Most of all, he was a man of deep conviction, of intellectual openness, and definitely of intellectual integrity and honesty. He was also a scholar and teacher of deep courage, a courage that not only led him to say and write (and publish) certain ideas, but courage that led him to action on the stage of real life. I well remember his well-researched piece on "Silence of the Scholars" in Mission Journal, which was right on target but also courageous. His foremost trait was his devotion to social justice, especially in race.

Diane Storm

June 6, 2019

Don was a big encouragement to me and helped me survive the time I worked at Camp Shiloh in New York and New Jersey. We had a number of conversations regarding social, political, and religious topics. He predicted that if Nixon was elected president there would be a military coup to remove him from office. It didn’t happen exactly like he said, but Nixon was forced to leave office.
I saw Don several times after the Shiloh experience and he always greeted me warmly.