Haynes, Leila Louise Davenport (Mrs. Leonard)


June 12, 1926 – May 3, 2005
Leila Davenport Haynes, 78, homemaker, former college instructor, librarian, and substitute teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, passed in her home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Leila was born on June 12, 1926 to Walter and Adele Davenport in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the youngest of four children. She was educated in the public schools of Atlanta and earned her high school diploma from Atlanta’s famous Booker T. Washington High School where one of her classmates was Martin Luther King. She subsequently received her B.A. degree in foreign languages from Philander Smith College in 1951 and did further study at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and at Atlanta University.
Leila was instructor of French at Clafin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Librarian at Morristown College in Morristown, Tennessee. She also served as a substitute teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools.
She was an active member of her church, Camphor United Methodist Church, before her illness and was a recipient of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 50-year Anniversary pin. In addition, she was active in the several important parts of the United Methodist Church, including Women’s Society of Christian Service, Communion Stewarts of Camphor, and the UMC Pastors’ Wives. She was also active in the retired Teachers Association of East Baton Rouge Parish and she served as a volunteer for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.
She was a lover of music, the arts, flowers, foreign languages, and literature. She enjoyed reading, current events, and travel. Most of all, she loved looking after her family and encouraging them to be successful.
She was married to Rev. Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, who passed away shortly after they celebrated their fiftieth wedding celebration in 1995. She was the loving mother of four children: Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, III of Silver Springs, Maryland, Walter Lafayette Haynes of Boston, Massachusetts (deceased), Mrs. Angeline Thelma Kessler of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Leila Anne Pelichet of Rosedale, Louisiana.
Source: 2005 Journal

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