COLUMBIA — Joel Lloyd Haley wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Not the nights he spent sleeping on the floor of his feed shop. Not all the T-shirts he bought for kids involved with 4-H and the National FFA Organization. Not the hundreds of bales of straw he donated for Fairview Road Church of Christ’s nativity scene every year.
Not a thing.
Joel Lloyd Haley of Columbia died at his home Saturday, March 30, 2013. He was 60.
He was born Jan. 1, 1953, in Columbia to Lloyd J. Haley Jr. and Lorette Nienaber Haley. He married Julie Melloway, his partner of 15 years, on Dec. 17, 2012.
Mr. Haley was deeply involved in Columbia and the surrounding communities, especially through Boone County 4-H and area FFA chapters. He helped by sponsoring activities, holding educational meetings and bidding on livestock at the Boone County Fair’s auction.
“They made the whole auction fun,” his wife, Julie Haley, said. “The kids had fun and made quite a bit of money.”
“He was so proud of the 4-H and FFA kids,” his daughter Melissa Quast said. “Nothing made him happier. Seeing them do well lit him up like a Christmas tree.”
Mr. Haley was the owner of Bourn Feed & Supply Inc. He started working there as a teenager and moved up until he bought the store from Bob Bourn, its original owner, in 1986.
As owner of the store, Mr. Haley’s hard work and dedication were apparent.
“He lived at his store,” Julie Haley said. “Someone once asked me what church he went to and I told them ‘He goes to church at Bourn Feed.’”
He knew his products inside and out and could always answer his customers’ questions on the spot.
“He was such a knowledgeable man,” Quast said. “He could answer any questions you had for him.”
Bourn Feed & Supply will remain open under the management of Quast and her husband, Michael. The shop will still have the same dedicated customer service that storegoers are used to, Julie Haley said.
Mr. Haley was diagnosed with colon cancer in November. By the time the cancer was diagnosed, it had already spread throughout his body and become terminal.
Quast said Mr. Haley’s case should inspire others to get tested earlier so their conditions don’t advance so far they can’t be fought.
“If anyone has any doubt at all about their health, they should go get tested,” Haley said. “It’s a must.”
Mr. Haley is survived by his father, Lloyd Haley Jr.; his wife, Julie Haley; two daughters, Melissa Quast and husband, Michael, of Columbia, and Maggie Kays of Ashland; two grandchildren, Wesley and Sierra; and a nephew, Jason Cox.
His mother, Lorette Nienaber Haley, and sister, Karen Cox, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.
Condolences can be posted at ParkerFuneralService.com.