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HAYNES OSCAR HAYNES Oscar Haynes, 98, died peacefully in his home in Herndon, VA early Thursday morning, July 31, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Oscar, the only child of Oscar Haynes and Nannie Bradley Haynes was born in Rogersville, Tennessee on January 18, 1916. He moved to Washington, DC upon graduation from Swift Memorial Junior College and became a member of Twelfth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He attended Howard University and Tuskegee Institute before being drafted into service for World War II (1941-45), serving in Tampa, Florida, India-Burma and Kearns, Utah. Upon leaving the military, Oscar became a journalist with the Afro American Newspapers. During his tenure he was part of a team of journalist that did investigative reporting on the Martinsville 7 Trail in Virginia. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Washington, DC. He joined Mary Church Terrell and other activist in "sit-ins at the bus station and local restaurants. He was among the thousands at the March on Washington when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech. Oscar served as president of the Capital Press Club in Washington, DC; the National Convocation, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and the Board of Managers of Greenwood Cemeteries, Nashville, TN. During his tenure as president of the Capital Press Club he gave President Harry S Truman an award for desegregating the Military. As a businessman and State & Regional Manager for Fromm & Sichel/Christian Brothers Wines & Brandy, Oscar forged partnerships with the State Department to increase the sale of American wines abroad. When he retired in 1984, Christian Brothers Wines and Brandy were being sold in 28 nations. Oscar served on numerous boards including: Thurgood Marshall Community Center, Washington, DC; National City Christian Church Foundation; Christian Church - Capital Area Region; Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Nashville, TN; Trustee, Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY; United Campus Ministry Board, University of Maryland, College Park Campus; and the Reston Community Orchestra. Oscar received honors that included: John James Audubon Medal, Audubon Naturalist Society; Public Service Award YMCA, Washington, DC; The College Park Lions Club; Diplomate, National City Christian Church Foundation, Washington, DC; Liberation Award, National Convocation, Christian Church 1998; Tribute of Appreciation, Secretary of State, American Businessmen Abroad Committee, July 31, 1967. On July 29, 2008 the Disciples Historical Society of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nashville, TN named an Exhibit Hall in his honor. Oscar married his wife of 40 plus years, Lula Mae Smith in 1949 and they raised five children together in Washington, DC. She preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife, Rev. Joan Bell- Haynes, his children: Toni Ross, Oscar Sherwood Haynes (Robyn); Kim A. Atwater (Jay); Donna N. Taylor, and Christina H. Haynes; as well as nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; son-in-law Rev. LeBaron Taylor. Oscar was a member of United Christian Parish where his wife is Pastor. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, Herndon, VA. Funeral Services will be held at United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Dr., Reston, VA; on August 9, 2014 with a Viewing at 10 a.m. followed by a Homegoing Service at 11 a.m. A Service of Inurnment will be held at National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to United Christian Parish, The Christian Church Foundation, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 130 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46206 and Capital Caring Hospice. Information and condolences at www.adamsgreen.com www.adamsgreen.com

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July 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Miss all of your great advice and smile
Diane McDuffie
July 28, 2020
Remembering Oscar is easy to do. How can anyone forget Oscar?! His legacy of love and support with an open stance toward all can be seen and experienced daily. Oscar challenges you to love more. To take an active interest in people and challenges facing "the least of these." We will not forget Oscar because him impact is indelibly imprinted on our hearts.
Lorenzo & Phyllis York
August 11, 2014
Mr. Haynes was so sweet and kind to me as a young person at 12th Street CC. A great big chunk of my life's memories include Mr. Haynes and family. He is smiling in heaven...and boy what a smile!
Cheryl FEW
August 11, 2014
The simplest word I can use to describe Oscar is AMAZING! Such a loving, gentle spirit. His quick mind, optimism and ever-ready wit were with him to the end. To know him was to know a man who truly knew and trusted in God's grace. My husband, kids and I will all miss him, but we're so glad we got to know him. Blessings to Joan and the rest of the family. Thanks for sharing him with us.
Cheryl Fields
August 8, 2014
John and I got to know Oscar well in the UCP Sunday morning Bible study. What a gem! His attitude of gratitude is forever etched in our memories as well as his kind smile and quick laugh. We know he is one of God's special angels.
Trudy McCrea
August 7, 2014
Remembering Mr. Haynes in that house on the corner of 44th and Hillside; and happy memories of the neighborhood. You have the heartfelt condolences of the Sapp family-your childhood piano teacher, Mrs. Sapp, Jean, Joan and Jacqueline.
Jean Childs
August 6, 2014
A great man and father not just to his beautiful family, but a father figure to countless young men and women for decades. You will be missed in too many ways to count. Peace and blessings to you Mr. Haynes and to all that loved you.
Mark Robinson
August 6, 2014
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Haynes family.
Jacqueline Sapp
August 6, 2014
As I read these notes I found myself wanting to "like" so many because they echoed my thoughts. Oscar was unique and the world is better because he lived. My condolences to his family.
Jan Mackenzie
August 5, 2014
I first met Oscar Haynes at the Twelfth Street Christian Church when I was a little girl in the late 1940's. He and my father, Squire R. Daniels, Sr., were close friends and active members in the church. Even then Oscar always stood out among the other adults because of his special aura, goodness and joyful existence that made others feel valued and loved. By all measures he had a great life and will always be remembered.
Sandra Daniels-Gibson
August 5, 2014
Phyllis and I extend condolences to Oscar's lovely wife, Pastor Joan Bell- Haynes and to all of his children. We stand in a long, long line of people who are grateful to call Oscar "friend". Which is easy to do, since, like Jesus, Oscar was quick to claim you as "friend" first. His love of God, church, country and all who crossed his path was always evident. Praise be to God and rejoicing in heaven has taken on a higher tempo.
Lorenzo and Phyllis York
August 4, 2014
Oscar always smiled when we shook hands, and I felt it was a real treat for me. I shared being a journalist with him. Will remember him a good and decent soul. Be Blessed.
Thomas Ahart
August 4, 2014
Oscar's visits with Joan to Huntsville, AL were always a treat. Each person whose hand he shook felt they were very special to him. What a gift was his humility and love for his fellow man.
Sue and Jeff Seward
August 4, 2014
Oscar lit up any room he was in. He will be greatly missed but lived a wonderful full life. I'm thankful he considered me a friend.
Marlene Patterson
August 4, 2014
Truly the Church lost a Saint!!
Ellen Mitchell
August 4, 2014
The first time I met Oscar he greeted me with a huge smile and a hug. The last time I saw him, on Pentecost, he greeted me with the same huge smile and a hug. I will treasure that image of him forever--- a holy man living his life in the image of God and an inspiration to all!
Kevin Fletcher
August 4, 2014
Heaven is all smiles because a true angel has entered the gates. Oscar was a true inspiration to us. We will miss him.
Vivian & Franklin Gee
August 4, 2014
Rev.joan you and your family have my deepest Sympathy, as you so well know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! surely Oscar will be missed, The Disciple of Christ Family have loss a Jewel.
August 4, 2014
I give thanks to God for the life of Oscar Haynes. His manner exuded peace and love for all. We will miss his calm thoughtful personality. May Joan and family be given peace in knowing he is in the arms of our Savior.
Robert Patterson
August 4, 2014
I love Oscar's memories just as I loved Oscar, very much. He was a close friend who was committed to God and the church yet always had time for each of us. God be with you, family.
August 4, 2014
I will miss you.
John Allen
August 4, 2014
I have never known a brighter spirit! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of loss.
Epperly Katherine
August 4, 2014
Our sympathy to you Joan and the family. Oscar was a loving and true Christian in every sense of the word. He would greet you with a smile that would light up a room and then either give you a hug or a handshake. He was genuinely pleased to see you and interested in what you had to say. He will be missed but live in our hearts always.
Bob & Annette
August 4, 2014
It's like me losing a family member Mr Haynes always treated me and my family just like we were apart of his family. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. I will hold him close to my heart and mind. He gave me great advice. We are so sorry for the loss. We loved him. Diane, Troy, Von, and Chyanne McDuffie
Diane Mcduffie
August 4, 2014
On behalf of First Christian Church, Reidsville, NC, we thank God for the life and legacy of Oscar Haynes. His gentle nature and excellent spirit will remain our example.
Pastor Valerie Melvin
August 4, 2014
Dear family, may you find comfort in God's embracing love and in all the memories that Oscar left behind, memories of the great man he was.
Idia Abigail Rodriguez
August 3, 2014
May God keep you always
Carol & Fernando Shaw
August 3, 2014
He was a beautiful soul who made each person he encountered feel important. I always felt honored and special in his presence.His gentle manner and glorious smile will be missed. Peace
Beverly Cosham
August 3, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Marjorie, Dr. Chenault Parker
August 3, 2014
Oscar was a true prince of our church, an ambassador of race relations, a leader- formal and informal, in all levels of the church, especially the CC(DOC) and ecumenically. Most of all, Oscar was the friend of all who made each one us feel special. I thank our God for Oscar.
Laird Thomason
August 3, 2014
Dear Family
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
With heartfelt sympathy, and understanding thoughts in this time of sadness.

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