KNOXVILLE —Dr. Hugh Oliver Jaynes, 87, died Saturday at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Jaynes was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Greeneville to the late Joseph Oliver and Mabel White Jaynes.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55, received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in dairy manufacturing at University of Tennessee Knoxville, and a Ph.D. in food science at the University of Illinois. Hugh worked for Pet Inc. in Greenville, Illinois, as a research microbiologist and chemistry section chief. He joined the faculty at University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1970 in the College of Agriculture, and retired as department head of Food Technology and Science in 1993. He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and research, including the Webster Pendergrass Award for outstanding service.
Hugh served as faculty counselor to the president of the university and was named outstanding teacher in 1977 and 1981. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma Xi. He served on the board of trustees of Tusculum College for nearly 20 years and as president of the Tusculum Alumni Association.
He was devoted member of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Illinois, and Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. He served both churches as an ordained elder, clerk of session and dedicated Sunday school teacher for decades.
Hugh had a passion for people, regardless of their background, and was at his best when he was teaching.
He counseled hundreds of students from around the world, both in academics and in life. They were drawn to his compassion, humor and insight. He leaves a legacy of learning and accomplishment in the lives and careers of those he taught.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 65 years: Eleanor; children: Joseph T. (Kim) Jaynes and Mary Jaynes (John) Giorgino; grandchildren: Andy and Alex Jaynes; grandchildren: Philip and Alyssa Giorgino; and a brother: Joseph E. Jaynes.
The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. Friday at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville. The funeral will follow at 4 p.m. at the church.
A graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1121 Shiloh Road, Greeneville.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Tusculum College (academic scholarship fund); or Erin Presbyterian Church (Hugh Jaynes memorial fund).
Condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com.