|Dr. L L Haynes, Jr. was born on March 16, 1923 in Austin, Texas to Reverend Leonard L Haynes and Thelma Zonnie Watkins Haynes. Fifty years ago, he married Lelia Louise Davenport. They were fortunate to have four children, two girls and two boys.
Leonard, a child of the parsonage, heeded the call to the Christian ministry and prepared himself to enter the ministry of the Methodist Church. He sought high goals in education for himself by receiving degrees from the following institutions: Houston Tilloston College, The Interdenominational Theological Center, and finally receiving The Doctor of Theology from Boston University.
Leonard was a gifted preacher and one who loved to preach. His gift to preach was a gift we all enjoyed.
Leonard’s first appointment in Louisiana was to Wesley United Methodist Church, a church that was accustomed to having ministers who were great preachers. Haynes filled that role at Wesley gracefully.
There are two things which can be mentioned as golden moments in Leonard’ s ministry:when he built and paid the indebtedness on Wesley United Methodist Church. Leonard was one of few pastors in Louisiana who had a long pastorale. Serving one church for thirty years is remarkable.
The retirement of Haynes was not a search for greater things. He found his place with a small church which was trying to get started. There he and his wife gave their talents and resources to Genesis United Methodist Church.
Leonard will never be forgotten as long as there remains someone who will call his name and there are many who will remember him. He left not only a legacy in the ministry, but also in education. He constantly tried to inspire young people to strive for a high mark in education.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Lelia; two daughters, Lelia Ann and Angeline Thelma; a son, Leonard Haynes IlL his loving father, Dr. L L Haynes, -Sr.; a brother, Roland Haynes; a sister, Armenda; a daughter-in-law, Mary Sensley Haynes; two sons-in-law, Don Pelichet and Steve Kessler; six grandchildren, many nieces, nephew, other relatives, and colleagues.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1996, p. 268, By Rev. Wilbert C. August|