RAYMOND GOULD HAYMAKER - Smith Mountain Eagle: Obituaries

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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:06 pm

Raymond Gould Haymaker, 92, of Vinton, died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  He was born April 8, 1920 in Alleghany County, Va., a son of the late Minnie Pearl Arritt Haymaker and Albert Marion Haymaker of Covington, Va.  In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Della Elizabeth Jordan Haymaker; brothers, Otho N. Haymaker and Kenneth G. Haymaker; and a sister, Dorothy M. Haymaker.  He is survived by a special friend and loving companion, Sarah Thurman of Vinton; a son, Kenneth R. Haymaker and his wife, Anita of Clifton Forge; two grandchildren, Michael Haymaker and his wife, Christie of Bedford, Ind. and Christopher Haymaker and his wife, Leah of Iron Gate, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Heather Haymaker of Bedford, Ind., Robert Haymaker of St. Louis, Mo., Patrick Haymaker and Alexis Haymaker both of Iron Gate, Va.; a cousin, W.M. Young of Covington, Va.; special friends, Lorraine and Ray Judd, Elaine and Jim Gilbertson, Helen and Harry Reeves, and all of his friends at the SML State Park.  Raymond was a member of Longdale United Methodist Church.  He was a retiree of Westvaco with over 44 years of service.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran having flown on D-Day to attack Southern Coast of France in order to confuse enemy.  Raymond obtained his civilian license to fly in 1949.  He was also a member of the Model A Ford Club of Christiansburg, Roanoke and Lynchburg Chapter of AACA; SML Ruritan Club, Bedford Masonic Lodge #224, SML Pilots Club, SML Moose Lodge #2346 and VFW Peaks of Otter Post #215. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, c/o Patti Gerhart, 1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, VA 24104.  A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Staunton Baptist Church with Dr. John Reale officiating.  To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443.

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