Dr. J. Edward Hakes
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Dr. J. Edward Hakes, a Christian educator and former resident of Tallahassee, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012, in Baltimore, MD. He was 95 years old at the time of his death.
Dr. Hakes spent the first portion of his adult life as a pastor of Baptist churches in New York, Ohio, and Michigan. His involvement later in Christian higher education included the Presidency of Cornerstone University (MI), as well as Chairman of the Bible Department at his alma mater, Wheaton College (IL).He retired after serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He was also the editor of An Introduction to Evangelical Christian Education.
Dr. Hakes and his wife Lois Ruth Hakes moved to Tallahassee in 1982. They became active members of First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, where he began teaching a very popular class on intensive Biblical Studies.Later, Dr. and Mrs. Hakes became members of Wildwood Presbyterian Church, where he continued teaching his popular bible study class. Dr. and Mrs. Hakes were active members of the Tallahassee community, especially enjoying the Tallahassee Symphony and Florida State University sporting events until moving to Baltimore in 1998.
Dr. Hakes was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lois Ruth Hakes.He is survived by his three sons, Jay of Atlanta, GA and his wife Anita (both formerly of Tallahassee), Jim and his wife Jean, also of Atlanta, and Joe and his wife Sue, of Decatur, IL. He had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, including current residents of Tallahassee Richard Reeves and his wife Teye, Jonathan Hakes and his wife Alyssa, and great-grandchildren Lyle Hakes Reeves and Richard Allen Hakes.
Services are scheduled for the Oak Crest retirement community in Baltimore on March 1.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 3, 2012