George Haynes, Jr.
Alpha: March 13, 1927 Omega: February 15, 2021
On February 15, 2021, George Haynes, Jr. made his transition to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was the oldest of nine children born to the late Deacon George Haynes, Sr. and Deaconess Emily Jackson Haynes in the Great Neck section of Princess Anne County, Virginia. He was reared in a Christian home and joined First Lynnhaven Baptist Church where he accepted Christ at an early age.
After graduating from Princess Anne County Training School, George enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, serving two tours of duty in Japan. He was honorably discharged and upon returning home, discovered his love and skill for brick masonry, becoming an accomplished craftsman. George’s outstanding work can be seen throughout the Hampton Roads area. His masonry company, Haynes Masonry Company, was recognized by the United States Chamber of Commerce in March 1987.
A dedicated and devoted member of First Lynnhaven Baptist Church, George was a deacon for over 40 years, receiving the distinction of Deacon Emeritus in March 2015. He loved his church and he loved his church family. It was not uncommon for him to offer a listening ear or to extend a helping hand and to do whatever was necessary for the good of his beloved First Lynnhaven. George was Past Master of the Oceana Lodge #69 Prince Hall Masons, having been honored in both 2008 and 2016 for over 50 years of service to the organization. In February 2011, George received a certificate from the United States House of Representatives commending him for being one of the original 1948 African American volunteer firefighters for the Seatack Volunteer Fire Department.
Affectionately known as “Bro. George” or “Deacon Haynes,” George was a very debonair dresser. He took pride in wearing nice suits and ties with matching shoes and hats. He was always on the go; one could often run into him at Hardee’s eating breakfast or eating dinner at Golden Corral on Monday evenings with his brother, his pastor and other men from the church. George loved his daughter Fontaine’s cooking; he was always on time for family gatherings and holiday dinners and eager to fellowship. His laugh was infectious and when talking with family and friends he often said, “alright, alright.” George loved his siblings dearly and he felt immense pride about being the oldest and the patriarch of the Haynes family.
George was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Virginia L. Haynes, his daughter, Portia V. Cooke, and his sisters: Carolyn H. Butler, Ethel Mae Wilson Carter, Ruth H. Brown and Emily H. Brown. Left to cherish George’s memory are his wife, Alice M. Haynes of Chesapeake, Virginia, daughters, Fontaine H. Jackson (Gus) and Sherri McLaurin of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Andrea McLaurin of Richmond, Virginia two granddaughters, Janelle F. White (Jermaine, Sr.) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Shayla J. Ward (Mark) of Linden, New Jersey, and a grandson, Jermaine A. Cooke, Sr. (Tamica) of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as five great-grandchildren: Jermaine, Jr., Jalyn, Mark, Jr., Kairon and Jermaine, Jr. Other survivors include two sisters, Margie Bell and Doris Morgan, as well as two brothers, Clifton Haynes, Sr. (Sandra) and Clinton Haynes, all of Virginia Beach, Virginia. George also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
A Message from George:
Family and friends, my address has changed. I no longer reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. My old earthly body is beginning to disintegrate. I had a call that I had another home waiting for me, and I could move in right away. I will reside there forevermore. My troubles will be over.
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