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For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him…. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:14-18
God, in His glorious power and infinite wisdom, dispatched His heavenly angels on October 14, 2023 at 8:58 am to summon Gary Earl Haynes to come home after a brief illness. Gary was born on November 23, 1957, to the union of the late Mr. Ulysses and Ella Mae Haynes.
Gary, at an early age, united with Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he was a member of the Usher Board. In 1993, he united with Goodwill Baptist Church, whereas he served as a deacon. He loved his church family and his pastor. Gary was educated in the Lawrence County School District and attended Beulah Williams Elementary School in Silver Creek, Mississippi. He completed High School at Monticello High. He received his BA degree in Business from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo Mississippi in 1978. He further his education and received his MBA in Business from Jackson State University in 1984. Soon after receiving his MBA in Business, Gary was remembered by a former college classmate (Leonard Anderson) that was currently chairing the Business Department at Denmark Technical College. He reached out and asked Gary to come teach business education in his department. Gary moved to Barnwell, SC to become a part of the staff at Denmark Technical College. He later moved to Denmark, SC to be closer to his job. During Gary’s tenure at Denmark Technical College, he also coached softball. Gary was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
In 1994, he resigned from Denmark Technical College and became a part of the Hampton County School District Family. Gary loved working with numbers and could answer any math question from the top of his head. He loved teaching accounting, economics, and keyboarding. Every day was a story about his students. He was an educator for 32 years. He retired from Hampton School District 2 in June 2018. Gary was a former town council for the Town of Estill. He was awarded an extraordinary service award on May 7, 2003.
In June of 1992, Gary met the love of his life and after a short courtship, a marriage proposal was on the table. They were joined in marriage on a day full of snow on March 13, 1993, by the late Rev. George Hutto, at Goodwill Baptist Church. This union blessed him with a beautiful daughter, LaToya Monique Williams. On October 4, 1995, their union was blessed again with another beautiful daughter and the apple of his eyes; LaPrecious Alexis Haynes (my sweet baby) as she was affectionate called.
Gary was a family man and was known as a mama’s boy. He loved his mom with everything in him. Gary would call his mom every day all day and they would talk for hours. Gary also had a special bond with his sister Glenda in which he spoke of often. A lot of his time at home was spent picking up the phone calling to speak with his sister and brothers (Randy, Micheal, Patrick and Curtis). Talking about back home in Mississippi was often a conversation in his home. Gary loved his granddaughters and was so happy when they came to spend the weekend with him. He would do whatever he could for his family.
Gary loved sports and would sit in front of the TV for hours watching ball games. He also loved fishing, hunting, cooking, grilling, and taking pictures. Some people called him the “Grill Master”. He used to be the community photography and took photos at many events.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Ulysses and Ella Mae Haynes; sister, Janice Marie Haynes; brothers, Glen Haynes, Sr., LaShun Haynes; paternal grandparents; maternal grandparents; sister in laws, Clara Haynes, Carolyn Haynes, Willie Mae Best, Rosa Lee Green and Virginia Smith; and brother-in-law, Harry Herbert.
To cherish and remember him with love are: his wife, Elizabeth Manor Haynes; two daughters, Dr. LaToya Monique Williams and Ms. LaPrecious Alexis Haynes; three granddaughters, Megan Elizabeth Williams, Kaitlyn Williams and Lauren Williams; one devoted sister, Ms. Glenda R Haynes, J.D. of Clinton, Ms.; four brothers, Joseph Curtis (Dr. Gwendolyn) Haynes, Brandon, Mississippi, Patrick Haynes, Columbia, Mississippi, Randy (Dr. Crystal) Haynes, Sr., Silver Creek, Miss.; and Michael (Shakelia) Haynes, Madison, Mississippi; six sisters-in-law, Bertha (Donald) Ridley, Daisy (Earl) Brantley, Betty Jean Clark, Josephine Roberts, Evonne Manor and Maxine (Norman) Bostick; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence Manor and Bishop Lewis (Donell) Manor; To further cherish his memories back home in Mississippi are his six nephews, Glen Haynes Jr., Christopher Haynes, Shamel Lewis, Curtis T. Haynes, J.D., Randy Haynes, Jr., and Michael Haynes, Jr.; four nieces, Gwenetha Haynes, Dr. Andrea N. Haynes, Shai Marie Haynes, and McKynlee Haynes, aunts, Carolyn Martin and Erma Barnes; uncle, Jarvous Blanchard; godchildren, Matthew Singleton and Zen Aiken. Gary was blessed with many other nieces and nephews by marriage that are too many to list, but they were forever in his heart. He had a special bond with his former classmates, Judge Melba Dixon, Ray Charles Carter,and Leonard Anderson; colleagues, Bennie Hazel, and Thomas Dawkins; special brother-in-law, Norman Bostick; special nephews, Qutique Manor and Cliqshay Bostick.
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