Joe Mann Haynes

Born on October 8, 1936

Departed on January 26, 2018 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Senator Joe Mann Haynes passed away on Jan 26, 2018 at the age of 81. Born in his family home in Castalian Springs on Oct. 8, 1936, he was the son of Joe D. and Lucy Haynes, who predeceased him. He is also predeceased by his daughter, Amy Elizabeth Haynes, and his sister-in law, Patricia Norman.

Survived by the love of his life and wife of 58 years, Judge Barbara Jean Norman Haynes. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Haynes, his brothers-in-law, J.D. Norman Jr. and Robert Kendall Norman, and his children Jeffery Norman Haynes (Lucy), Scott Kendall Haynes (Julie) and Amanda “Mandy” Haynes Young (Stephen) and seven grandchildren, who were the apples of his eye, Campbell, Furman, Benjamin and Carrie Haynes and Haynes, Adam and Mary Neely Young. He is also survived by his beloved friend and assistant of 39 years, Judy Callis.

He grew up on the family farm in Castalian Springs, Tennessee and was the first one in his family to graduate from high school. At the encouragement of his favorite math teacher, he attended the University of Tennessee where he met Barbara Jean and from which he graduated in 1959. They married in September of 1959. He went to work at Dupont after graduation much to the dismay of his mother who wanted him to be a preacher. Later he attended and then graduated from the Nashville School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1965. He started his own law firm at which he worked until the day he died and is now known as Haynes, Freeman & Bracey. He loved helping his clients and ably and passionately tried 100s of lawsuits. He loved to fight for the underdog. He was first elected to the Goodlettsville City Commission in 1976 and was later elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 1984, he served for 28 years. His long career as a lawyer, volunteer, and elected official epitomizes his willingness to serve others.

He loved nothing more than the Tennessee Vols, the Atlanta Braves, the Tennessee Titans, his family farm in Castalian Springs, fishing with Barbara with a cane pole, Jack Daniels, and his family.

Visitation will be held at Cole and Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Tn on Wednesday, Jan. 31st from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also take place prior to the funeral on Feb. 1st from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the funeral following at 1:00 p.m. Private family burial will follow. Honorary pallbearers are his current and former law partners, current and former Goodlettsville City Commissioners and City Managers and State Senators that served with him during his esteemed career.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Montgomery Bell Academy Joe and Barbara Haynes Scholarship Fund, the Goodlettsville Help Center, Bledsoe’s Lick Historical Association or the charity of your choice.

Please smile today and share it with someone else in his honor. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Or take a moment to help someone as he would have.

12 Comments to Senator Joe Mann Haynes

  1. Janie Craig
    January 27, 2018 2:22 pm

    Barbara I am so very sorry. Having lost my beloved husband six years ago, I know you have some lonely days ahead. I will be praying for peace and joy to return to your life. Keeping your family in my prayers during this very difficult time. Our time serving on the Sentencing Comissin will always remain a highlight of my career. Blessings to you all.

  2. Murphy and Betty Cathcart
    January 28, 2018 1:30 pm

    Barbara, murp h and I are so very sad to learn of Joe’s passing. Our friendship goes back to 1965 and. We appreciate all the efforts you and Joe did for us and our business, but more than anything we have enjoy your friendship. We love you and will be praying for you.

  3. Beverly Cole
    January 28, 2018 8:07 pm

    Dearest Barbara,thinking of you in your loss. Your beloved Joe will be remembered for his smile and kindness.

  4. Donald & Katherine Roy
    January 28, 2018 8:36 pm

    Barbara, Katherine and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of Joe. If there is anything we can ever do for you , please do not hesitate to call us.
    Love your way and we will see you this week.

    January 29, 2018 12:08 pm

    Barbara, Jeff,Scott and Amanda,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers! I did not realize that Joe Mann had been suffering taking blood transfusions and such. He was considered as one of the Belote family members and he spent more time at Mr. Jere’s Belote with Butch like his own as kids. I just had back surgery so I may not make it to the service but know that we love him with all of our heart just as you guys did! The funniest story is when he was dove hunting and it got raided, if you don’t know the story I will be glad to tell it to you. Joe Mann was like Family to us. He was a Great man who served not only God but his Country and State!! Call me if you need anything at 615-804-5618.
    Mike and Karen Belote ( Frank’s son).
    May God be with you the next few days to celebrate the life of a Wonderful Man! God speed!

  6. Cathy E Russell Sevierville Tennessee
    January 29, 2018 2:18 pm

    On behalf of John A Briley and my late mother, Dot Briley, my sisters and I extend our deepest sympathy. It’s been many years since I have seen both Joe and yourself. I will always remember Joe’s kindness and sweet smile. He was a kind man and helpful to many. Mom always spoke highly of y’all.
    The Briley girls!
    Cathy Russell
    Tammy Sides
    Tonya Williams

  7. Dorris and Doris
    January 29, 2018 8:40 pm

    Barbara, Jeff Scot and Amanda(Mandy)
    The Myers family have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lots of good memories. baseball games, Dixie Youth World Series in Chattanooga and on to Florida
    for a few days of sun and fun. Sometimes passing each other as we headed west on I40 on Sundays after a game

  8. Tracey Anderson
    January 29, 2018 10:48 pm

    Barbara, Scotty, Jeff and Mandy I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a special man and will definitely be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  9. the Reasonover family
    January 31, 2018 7:01 am

    Barbara, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Joe was more than our attorney–he was our friend–always with a smile–always ready to help in any way he could. The epitome of a Southern gentleman.

  10. Rita Jones
    February 1, 2018 12:05 am


    So very sorry for your loss! I will always remember him as one of the nicest people I have ever known. You both have always had such kind, loving and giving hearts. I remember if you had extra UT tickets you always found someone before the game that you didn’t know and needed tickets. Usually young people that couldn’t afford them and it always impressed me how you gave. Most of all, it was your genuine need to help people! Secondly, the love you had for one another was so obviously always. You supported each other in everything. That’s a real testament to couples today! So many things I have heard you both say that gave me a whole new perspective on things. I know my life has been enriched from the many insights I gained from you two. God bless you and your family until your reunited in the beyond.


    February 1, 2018 9:55 am

    Joe , always pleasent & a Smile ! As serving as Comm.Alderman & Mayor for 26 years in Robertson County he became a good friend ! He swore me in as Mayor my first term ! Always willing to help with any community , city , or County event that was Senator Haynes ! He served the district well & will be missed not as a Senator but as a person who would listen & who cared about his constituents &most of all People ! You will be missed my friend ! Thank you Sir for your service, and most of all your outgoing friendship ! Heaven has a New ANGEL !!!

  12. Charles Strobel
    February 1, 2018 3:59 pm


    I missed seeing you at the visitation, but I know you were exhausted…

    My most recent memory of Joe was at the last Titans game. I was sitting several seats above him, and when I saw him, I went down to greet him. I had a chance to thank him for his life of service and especially to thank him and you for all your support of Room In The Inn through the years. Mama always said “People don’t have to be nice to you.” Kindness is not an entitlement. It was her way of saying never presume or take for granted the kindness of other people.

    It was only a brief visit, but I wanted him to know, and you also, how good you have been, not only to me but to countless other people in our community.

    You and your family are in my prayers, and may Joe rest in eternal peace, Amen

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