DALLAS — As news spread of the death of Jerry Haynes, so did the reaction from North Texans who grew up watching him play "Mr. Peppermint" wearing his red-and-white striped jacket and carrying his candy cane walking stick.
Haynes died Monday morning at the age of 84 from complications due to Parkinson's Disease. That news quickly spread on Facebook, with people posting their favorite memories of the actor that entertained children and parents for 35 years.
"I loved Mr. Peppermint when I was little," wrote Ann Phipps Oliver on WFAA-TV's Facebook page. "We lived in Midland, but every time we came to Dallas I had to watch him on television!"
"I think, including myself, everyone in my house grew up with him, plus my grandkids," wrote Corrine Williams. "His hat and cane will be missed!"
"I loved Mr. Peppermint and Muffin," Robyn Marsh Rutledge added. "He was a wonderful man and I'm sure he has a candy smile in heaven."
Jerry Haynes was also a local entertainer, and there were many posts from people who met him in person. From bringing a smile to a woman's face as he sat next to her on a bus to stopping to talk with kids, Haynes was remembered as a friendly man even when after leaving his Mr. Peppermint persona in the studio.
"Years ago he took time to talk to kids in wheelchairs who just shot a movie in the area," wrote Tim Stone. "I will never forget the time he took with us. R.I.P. Jerry."
"I was lucky enough to receive my kindergarten diploma handed to me by Mr. Peppermint," shared Kristi Crouch Kahlden.
With hundreds of Mr. Peppermint posts popping up in news feeds Monday, there was one shared sentiment that was summed up by Kim Saunooke:
"You brought us so many happy memories :)."