Delmar Haynes, Motor Mile founder, dies

Delmar Haynes and his wife, Joyce, at an Open House at the dealership in 2007.

Delmar Haynes and his wife, Joyce, at an Open House at the dealership in 2007.

Longtime Blount County businessman and Airport Motor Mile founder Delmar Haynes died Thursday evening surrounded by friends and family at a West Knoxville medical center.

Robin Haynes, Delmar Haynes’ daughter, said her father died Thursday evening. “He got sick on Wednesday and went to the hospital. He had an aortic aneurism that was inoperable," she said. Friday afternoon. “On Wednesday, they didn’t think he would make it very long, and he lived until about 6:30 Thursday evening.”

Mr. Haynes died at Park West Medical Center. “He was surrounded by family and friends, and he died very peacefully,” Robin Haynes said. “I am, was and will always be such a daddy’s girl, so this is tough duty.”

Robin Haynes said her father’s biggest impact on the community was in business. “He operated the dealership on the Motor Mile since 1971. Before that, he was at Five Points since 1964,” she said. “Most don’t know this, but he was also instrumental in developing Wimbledon, Andover, St. Ives, Heartland and Westcliff (subdivisions) in Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County.”

Robin Haynes said Delmar Haynes’ biggest impact on her came from their relationship. “Working side-by-side with him for 30 years at the dealership was a blessing,” she said. “He taught me, he mentored me, and he loved me. He was just a great dad.”

Mr. Haynes is survived by his wife of 55 years Joyce Haynes; three daughters: Robin Haynes; Debra Dean and her husband, Gary Dean; and Rebecca Clifton and her husband, Bill Clifton.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. A private burial service will be held Monday morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Rose Mortuary Mann’s Heritage Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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