Graduation from Clovis High School led Jerry to attended Abilene Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Midwest University and Kilgore College.
Even before graduating from Clovis High, Jerry was recording at the famed Norman Petty Studios, a foreshadow of his career to come. He also spent time studying at the London Conservatory of Music. This led Haymes to Sun Records where he was an original Sun Legends Musician and Singer (with Roy Orbison).
Over the years he has performed on many chart hits, and although some of his own records charted, the top spot eluded him.
Haymes involvement in the music industry has included the following positions: Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Publisher, Radio DJ, and Radio Station owner. He is also a United States Army veteran, having served in Europe, and in Vietnam as a warrant officer
He also spent 30 years as a Southwest Conference umpire and referee. Haymes presently, though semi-retired, still performs and works as a hospital chaplain and with various military veterans groups.
He is often a guest speaker at schools and for civic groups.
He serves on the board of directors for several arts and entertainment organizations and museums. As the Texas Division Chaplain for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and also military veterans, he serves just short of 3,000 veterans in the state of Texas and throughout the Southwest. Mr Haymes is the only chaplain who has ever served under 3 different commanders.
In 2011, he will be entering his 6th year in this position, making him the longest serving division chaplain on record.
Jerry Haymes served with the United States Army in Europe and Southeast Asia (Vietnam). Artists Jerry Haymes has worked for or with:
Tony Pastor Orchestra
The Oak Ridge Boys
Broadway Musical Orchestra
w/ Sara Jessica Parker
Songs Haymes is known for:
"lieutenant’s A Heart Ache"
"Let’s Have A Party"
"Smile of a Clown"
"If You Catch Maine Looking Up"
"Walk Through This World With Maine"
President Southwest Conference Baseball Umpire Association, Texas, 1993—1998. Advisory Vernon Reg. Junior College Fine Arts Department, since 1997. Member Sons of Confederate Veterinary, American Federal of Musicians, Baseball Umpire Association (president 1992-1998).
Married Brenda Dee, August 1, 1962 (divorced June 1981). Children: Tracy, Darren.