Joseph Louis Haynes
Joseph Louis Haynes
  • February 7, 1946 - November 29, 2017
  • Richmond, Virginia

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Elder Joseph Louis Haynes was born to the late Estelle and Andrew Haynes, Sr. on February 7, 1946 in Chesterfield County (Richmond), VA, the seventh of eight children.
His younger life was lived between Richmond, VA and Orangeburg, SC with his father or with his aunt, Missionary Estelle Keller (his father's sister) or later in the Richmond Social Services-Foster Care System. It was within this experience, according to Elder Haynes, that he began to learn the basic lessons of life, dependence and independence and was introduced to the promises of Jesus Christ through the Word of God at Second Street Baptist Church.
After graduating from Armstrong High School in Richmond in 1965, Elder Haynes joined the US Marine Corp (Paris Island) and served in the Vietnam War where he was wounded. He was honorably discharged as a corporal after four years of service receiving: The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Citation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation and The Purple Heart.
He traveled north after discharge and lived between New York City, where he started his career with Con Edison of NY, and Newark, NJ.
Joseph L. Haynes accepted Christ as his Savior in March, 1974 at Bethesda Church of God in Christ in Newark, NJ under the leadership of the late Elder James H. Screven, Sr.
On August 24, 1974, he married Joyce A. Futrell. They were blessed with four children: Celestine Rene, Patricia Estelle, Joseph Louis, Jr., and Benjamin Curtis.
Elder served in Bethesda C.O.G.I.C. as Deacon and Trustee. In Holy Haven C.O.G.I.C. (Elder James Crawley) he was ordained and served as minister. In Crusade for Christ C.O.G.I.C. (Elder James (Jack) Johnson, Jr.) he was ordained as Elder and anointed for service by the late Bishop Levi E. Willis, Sr. He was also a member of Turning Point C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Pastor Milton Featherston, Sr.
Elder loved his family and took pride in being an awesome provider. He servanthood extended into the church and the community where he was a great mentor, teacher, and participant in many ministries. This also included food pantry, prison ministry, visiting the sick and shut-in, usher, home repairer, yard worker and many other trades which brought joy to his heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Laverne Haynes, Thomas Haynes, Hattie Mae Seawright, George Haynes, Sr., Emily January, and his son Joseph Haynes, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Joyce Ann of 43 years; his children: Celestine Rene Hunter (Douglas, Jr.), Patricia Estelle Haynes (Fianc/Charles Johnson), Benjamin Curtis Haynes (Sarah); daughter in-law, Katina Haynes; Mother in-law, Pashion S. Futrell; sister in-law, Carolyn Johnson; Ten Grandchildren, Three Great-Grandchildren; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Extended family includes Terrance & Shirley Bailey and children. There also were three special friends: Ronald Hughes, Charlie Carmona and Sherman Lewis.
On November 29, 2017, Elder Joseph Haynes, Sr. entered into eternal rest at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran's Hospital. His proclamation was Proverbs 3:6, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths".