Cleatus-Baldwin-Obituary

Cleatus Haywood Baldwin Jr.

Burlington, North Carolina

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Early in the morning on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, God's angel of silence entered Hospice of Alamance-Caswell with chilly fingers and sealed the lips and closed the eyes of Cleatus Haywood Baldwin Jr. His soul winged its flight from this world of uncertainty to a place of eternal rest.

Haywood, God's gift of life was granted to the late Cleatus Haywood Baldwin Sr. and Etta Iona Crisp Baldwin to share love on October 22, 1950 in Burlington, NC. He was reared and began his educational pathway in the same area.

Haywood graduated from the former Jordan Sellars Senior High School in 1969 and continued his education at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. In addition to attending college, he served in the United States Army in the Army Intelligence Division for 16 years.

He was quiet, humble, generous and intelligent person. He enjoyed reading, sharing his knowledge with others, crossword puzzles, Monday night football and telling jokes.

His legacy lives on with his son: Cleatus Haywood III (Crystal); his daughters: Chanda Darice Baldwin and Dr. Cherise Baldwin Harrington (Benjamin); his former wife: Donna Whitted Baldwin, all of Durham, his brother: Paul W. Baldwin of Burlington; his sisters: Glenda Faye Baldwin of Jamaica, NY; Patricia E. Corbett (Rev. Charlie) of Durham, NC, Bonnie G. Melvin (Richard) of Fayetteville, NC, Peggy J. Barr of Burlington, NC and Deborah S. Murphy (Dwight) of Greensboro, NC; his grandson: Christopher E. Baldwin; granddaughters: Adrianna Harrington and Arielle Harrington; aunts: Nellie Horton of Pittsboro, NC and Willie B. Nickerson of Hillsborough, NC; his special cousin: A. Jeane Nickerson; his bonus sister: Marisa Gayle Poteat and a host of relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother: Jerry Crisp.

Public viewing will be held from 1-8pm in the Mary Blackwell Chapel on Monday, November 9, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in the Roy Blackwell Chapel. Visitation will be held from 12-1pm with the family arriving at 12:30pm. Military rites and interment will be performed in the North Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be posted to blackwellfuneral.com. Services entrusted to Blackwell Funeral Home.


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To the Baldwin family, please know that you are in my prayers. Haywood's sister Patt is a one of my dearest friends. I will continue to pray for God to give you strength and comfort you in the coming day. We will continue to live our lives so we can be reunited with our loved ones in eternity.

Haywood was a pleasant man whom always put a smile on my face when i seen him . May he rejoice with the angels and gaze upon the beauty of God's face in his new heavenly home