|Occasionally, we come to know a warm and gentle spirit who is willing to walk with God in “the heat of the day” as well as in “the cool of the evening.” Such a person was Benjamin Joshua Haynes.
Benny Haynes, as he was affectionately known, was born November 27, 1901, to the late Rev. and Mrs. S. M Haynes of Cheneyville, Louisiana. He was called home by his heavenly Father on Sunday, December 13, 1975.
The Reverend Haynes was ordained and began his ministry in the early 1920’s. He married Virginia Wallace June 8, 1923. They were faithful partners in ministry throughout their married life. All of B. J.’s pastorates were in North Louisiana and included such churches as Round Grove, Providence, Daniels Chapel, and Jewella United Methodist Churches. Of these churches the Hayneses spent their longest pastorate at the Jewella charge, where he retired in 1974.
The resident and pastor in the Mooretown community became endeared and greatly loved by all whose lives he touched. He was not only a prophetic messenger for God but a community leader. His life was an inspiration to many younger ministers, like me, whom he befriended.
Shortly following his retirement B. J. and Virginia returned to Saint James United Methodist Church, which he had joined at an early age. There he served faithfully as a non-appointive Associate Pastor until his death. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
We will long remember the friend of many talents: preacher, poet, musician, servant of God.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1976, p.134 By John D. V. Hamilton, Jr.|