David Franklin Jaynes

Tuesday, July 4, 1933 - Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Smile On Papaw!

Photo of David Franklin Jaynes  - 1933-2024

David Franklin Jaynes passed peacefully in his Lake Junaluska home in the very early hours of Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

Born July 4, 1933, in Canton, NC to the late Newman William Jaynes and Inez Ada (Eckenrod) Jaynes, David was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. After graduating from Waynesville Township High School in 1952, David joined the Marines with a handful of buddies. David was sure to let you know that he served as a postman in the Korean War. Upon his return to the States, he enrolled at Western Carolina using the GI Bill to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. During his time at Western, he developed a lifelong long devotion to his beloved Catamounts. David retired from Champion in 1995, forging many close friendships during his 30 years there.

David is preceded in death by his first wife and mother to his four daughters, Sarah Stuart Holcombe Jaynes; older brother, “Big Bill” Billy Joe Jaynes; stepson, Jason Stewart; and grandson Michael Huffman.

David is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Sharon Cragg Jaynes; four daughters: Allison Thrash (Dale), Ashley Sass (Dennis), Angie Leisey (Jerry), April Huffman (Roger); stepson, Christopher Stewart; 11 grandchildren: Christina Creech, Natalie Lowery, Jennifer Carr, David Thrash, Stuart Thrash, Kyle Huffman, Amy Dover, Josh Stewart, Noah Huffman, Anthony Leisey, Kayleigh Stewart; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Known for his overalls, tomatoes, LOUD sneezes and his boisterous laugh, David brought joy to any space he occupied. He shared this joy in a variety of ways. Some experienced it through his portrayal of Santa Claus. Some thought he was THE Santa Claus. Others experienced it through his sense of adventure. David was always up for a road trip. Particularly in retirement, as his grandchildren spread across every part of North Carolina, and eventually across the country. David rarely missed an opportunity to visit with his grandchildren, both near and far. It could be a trip to Wilmington to help put together a nursery for his first great-grandchild. Or a trip to Nevada to visit every casino in Vegas with his granddaughter. Or perhaps to Colorado for his grandson’s wedding. Maybe it’s Wyoming for college graduations and to visit his daughter’s new home or to DC to do all of the tourist things with his granddaughter, walking the city until his feet were blistered. Amongst all of this travel, David’s favorite place was Lake Douglas, enjoying time with friends and family.

David was known to most as Papaw.  He loved college basketball, Nascar, The Andy Griffith Show, and was always up for watching an old western.  He also loved the slot machines at the casinos, scratch-off lottery tickets, a good bowl of soup, and variations of banana pudding.  He would talk your ear off or sit quietly and listen.  David’s infectious laughter and smile, kind heart, and gentle nature made him loved by anyone he met. In his 90 years, he met a lot of people, and not one was a stranger. David touched more lives than we will ever know. His joy will live on in all of us.

Services for Mr. Jaynes will be announced at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Jaynes family.


Condolences from family and friends

Sharon, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your husband. Just want you to know that I am keeping you and all your family in my thoughts and prayers. I also want to send condolences from the Pisgah High School Class of 1968.
Alba Jo Cook Sanford
He was a great man and friend. Always made you feel happy to be around him. Prayers for family , just know he is happy in his heavenly home.
Linda Corn
My deepest sympathy to all of the family.
Juanita Clark Dixon
Allison and all the family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I only knew your dad slightly but he definitely was one in a million! He made me feel part of the family when we went to his house. Take good care and I will sure be praying for y’all.❤️
Debbie Privette
To my sweet childhood neighbors Lots of good memories growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I loved your Daddy.
Sheri Dixon-Henson
Sharon, Allison, Ashley, Angie and April, I am so very sorry to hear of David's passing. It was really nice to see and and get to visit with him a bit last November. I know how much this hurts and we will be sending all our love and prayers to each of you! Love you all so very much!
Deborah Bates
Allison, my love and prayers are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Kathy McCurry
our thoughts and prayers are with the entire jaynes family. we met your dad through dale & allisons family many years ago. we enjoyed getting to know him at the various family get-to-gethers that we were always a part of. may the memories that you have shared here in this beautifully written obituary be a comfort to you all during this time. much love to you all
kendall & karen doan :)
I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I only known David for a short time, he was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Everett Cragg
To Sharon and Family I was saddened to hear of David’s passing May all the wonderful memories of his life with you fill your heart with joy as you go through the grieving process He was a gentle soul that brought happiness to all My prayers are with you all
Nancy Eckenrod Friedberg
To Sharon and Family I was saddened to hear of David’s passing May all the wonderful memories of his life with you fill your heart with joy as you go through the grieving process He was a gentle soul that brought happiness to all My prayers are with you all
Nancy Eckenrod Friedberg
To Sharon and Family I was saddened to hear of David’s passing May your wonderful memories get you through the hard times David was a good and gentle soul My prayers are with you all
Nancy Eckenrod Friedberg
I will forever remember David sitting in my grandparents home in Wilmington, with the kindest smile and heart. It was always a treat when he and Sharon came to visit. Our deepest sympathies to the family
Alisa and Robert Spivey
Family, please know you are in my prayers. I got to know Mr. Jaynes through my employment at Champion Credit Union. He was such a sweet man whose smile would light up my day. He was always surprised by the fact I would remember his name before he even told me, but who could forget him. Hold on to the memories for they will always be with you. This is just a temporary goodbye as a Heavenly reunion awaits. God's comfort in the days ahead.
Sharon Franks
Allison and Family. I am so sorry to hear this. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers! ❤️
Renee Hensley
Deae Sharon & families...We were so saddened to learn of David's passing.Dave always enjoyed chatting with him at church. You all are in our prayers.
David & Brenda Coen
Chris - So sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was definitely a good one! I remember riding down the road with my Dad and stopping to talk to David on the bridges while he was collecting water samples. I also remember him and Sharon always being kind and treating me like family when I was at y'alls house growing up. Prayers for you and your family during this tough time.
Nathan Grant
Sharon and April thinking of all the family during this time love you all.
Barbara B. Watson
I remember Sharon and David from the Cub Scout and Boy Scout years. Josh and our sons, Samuel and Seth, were close friends. Sharon was a natural born Grandmother and David was the best Papow for all those boys to share. He was a gentle soul and always so patient and loving with all those boys. Sharon, Josh, and family I am so sorry for your loss. Rest easy in the knowledge that he has gone on to make Heaven just a little bit brighter. Love to all. Jason, Charlotte, Samuel, and Seth Rogers
Charlotte Rogers
Sorry to hear about David's passing. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this tough time.
Alan W. Denney