Just as we braved for the apocalypse, knowing that the only beings left on earth would be Kenny Haymans and cockroaches, Kenny went and proved us wrong.
Kenneth Allen Haymans (Kenny) left this earth on January 27, 2021. He died at his home- although we are unable to verify he passed peacefully since he was in the presence of his ex-wife.
Kenny was a teller of tall tales- we believe he felt compelled to share these tall tales with those he met to make up for his “short” stature. He told us all he was 5 foot 8 inches tall but we are pretty certain he was actually only 5 foot 6.
Of course his height was just one of the many things he exaggerated about and if you have ever had the honor of listening to one of Kenny’s stories you are very aware of the challenge of sorting truth from fiction. You are also aware of the fact that he could make you laugh harder than anyone else you’ve ever known.
Kenny led a life of adventure and misadventure- some might say “If it wasn’t for bad luck he’d have no luck at all” others may say he wasn’t the best decision maker. Those of us closest to him would say his life was definitely a blend of the two. Since it is viewed as a negative to speak ill of the dead we are choosing to hit the highlights and concentrate on the positives – we hope that we are conveying true facts but remember our information came from Kenny.
Kenny was born on August 3, 1956 to Charles Wesley (Billy) and Joyce Haymans. He was the second child born to Billy & Joyce- he joined his older brother Charles (Chuck) and then welcomed the birth of his younger sisters- Kim and Shelley.
Once Kenny was officially an adult he decided to serve his country by joining the army. He was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas when he met his first wife- Deborah Sue (Debbie). Debbie and Kenny fell so in love so quickly that they married just four short weeks after meeting. Kenny would often tell his children that he did love their mother but was also very excited about the upgrade in housing and the extra money married soldiers received. Kenny and Debbie spent almost 21 years together and had four daughters- Melissa Rae, Amber Nicole, Erica Joyce, and Emily Ann.
After leaving the army, Kenny held a few jobs during his life- he worked on an oil rig, he spent many years at Hobart Corporation, he worked as a mechanic, and wrapped up his career by serving as second mate on a tug boat. We won’t focus on his work because those who knew Kenny know that he worked because he had to but his passions were the ocean and making people laugh.
Our favorite memories involve Kenny in a boat or at the many shark tournaments at Yellow Bluff (in case your wondering he NEVER won or even had a shark to enter into the contest despite the MANY boats, depth finders, fishing poles, and bait purchased for the event).
His greatest legacy is in the blue eyes he passed to each of his daughters and that you now see in each of his grandchildren. Along with those blue eyes there is an unbelievably dark sense of humor, incredible intelligence, and fierce determination. We will remember him with laughter and each time we look at the blue of the sea we will remember his love for the ocean and those blue eyes.
Kenny wasn’t one for flowers or fancy things so if you wish to honor or remember him we ask that you do one of the following: Share a funny story with us, post bail for a friend, or take a kid fishing.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM at the Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home in Flemington.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home, Flemington, is handling arrangements.
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