October 17, 1941-
November 14, 2013
Long Beach, WA- Dixon Grant Haynes, 72, a native of Columbus, Ga., passed away Thursday, November 14, in Longview, Washington. He was a resident of Long Beach, Washington.
Grant was born October 17, 1941, at his parents' home on Oak Circle in Columbus. He grew up in this neighborhood just off of what was then called 'Cody Road' (now University Ave.). He was the son of the late Harvey Dixon Haynes (originally of LaGrange), and Irene Grant Haynes (originally of Cataula). His maternal grandparents were W.B. "Doc" Grant and "Miss Helen" Beers Grant of Cataula. His grandfather Mr. Grant was the owner of Grant's general store, a Harris County landmark which still stands today, on the big curve of Highway 315, near the Harris County Water Works. His paternal grandparents were Alney Haynes and Minnie Dixon Haynes of LaGrange.
During high school, Grant moved to Cataula to live with his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Grant, so that he could attend Harris County High School, and he graduated with the HCHS Class of 1960. He then attended the University of Georgia in Athens, where he earned his Master's Degree at the Henry Grady School of Journalism.
Grant was an avid and very skilled photographer and journalist, and over the years he utilized these skills in a variety of jobs in many different locations. He worked as a journalism professor, newspaper editor, freelance author and photographer, and other related jobs. Over the decades, Grant spent time living in just about every region of the United States, including Massachusetts; Texas; Minnesota; Arkansas; North Carolina; California; and finally, coastal Washington state, on the shores of the North Pacific. He even spent some time in the mid-1980's living in Scotland.
Grant had great admiration and concern for the natural world, and he was very passionate about the topic of preserving wild places and the species that live in them. He was a lifelong bird-watcher and could identify and share information about an amazing number of species. Another of Grant's many interests was amateur ("ham") radio, and he held a license from the FCC as an official amateur radio operator, fluent in not only verbal radio communication but also morse code.
Most recently, he enjoyed making videos of the beautiful ocean scenery in Washington, and sharing commentaries about what he saw. He has a youtube channel where these videos are posted, and anyone interested may type the word Cuairtear in the youtube search bar, to access his channel.
Survivors include two daughters—Ashley Patel of Cataula, and Hillary Britton of Columbus; a sister, Jerien Pomar of Toccoa Falls, Ga.; three granddaughters—Hope Skypek of Columbus, Sara Britton of Columbus, and Shanti Patel of Cataula; and, dear friend Ruth Turpie of Alice Springs, Australia.
In accordance with his wishes, his ashes have been scattered over the beautiful north Pacific Ocean. Greenhill Memorial Chapel in Kelso, WA, was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Nov. 24, 2013