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Howard R. Haynie

Howard Raphael (Ray) Haynie, 73, of Capeville and a longtime Eastern Shore business leader and restauranteur, died peacefully June 1, 2009 at his home surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Haynie graduated from Middlesex High School in 1954 and grew up in Saluda.

Mr. Haynie was well known and recognized for his operation of the Cape Center and Sting-Ray’s Restaurant in Capeville until his retirement in 2001. Mr. Haynie bought into the Cape Center in 1986 and the restaurant’s name was changed to Sting-Ray’s in 1990. He became the sole owner in 1992. Sting-Ray’s was affectionately known as “Chez Exxon” to locals and many travelers along Route 13 on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Mr. Haynie was born in Fredericksburg, the son of the late Howard Oswald Haynie and Mary Parks Haynie. His family moved to Saluda soon after his birth.

A 1958 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, he played trombone in the regimental band known as the “Highty Tighties” and marched in the 1957 Inaugural Parade for Dwight D. Eisenhower. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he served three and a half years in the U.S. Army Artillery Corps and was honorably discharged in 1962.

Mr. Haynie began his business career in the food production industry as a food inspector with the Virginia Department of Agriculture in Richmond. For the next 24 years he worked in quality control and plant management with several large food processors.

President at least twice of the Virginia Food Processors, Mr. Haynie was also appointed by Governor John Dalton to serve on the Virginia Sweet Potato Commission. He was past president and member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in organizing the Eastern Shore Harvest Festival, serving as its chairman for eight years and co-chairman for another eight years.

Mr. Haynie is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sandra Bulls Haynie; a son, L. Sean Haynie and his wife Cindy of Colonial Heights; a daughter, Shelley Anne Haynie-Sparks and her husband Keith of Nicholasville, Kent.; a brother, James Stewart Haynie and his wife Joan of Newport News; grandchildren, Max Haynie, Erin and Emily Sparks; one special niece, Maryann Hogge; a great nephew, Tabb Hogge; and several sisters and brothers-in-law.

A Celebration of Life service was held June 6 in Cape Charles. A private burial was held at Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin on June 4.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highty Tighty Class of ‘58 and H. Ray Haynie Scholarship, c/o Dave Spracher, Virginia Tech University Development (0336), Blacksburg, VA 24061. Please note on check “in memory of H. Ray Haynie.”

posted 06.17.2009

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