Source: The Church of God in Christ (www.cogic.org)
March 11, 2015
This correspondence comes to you at the request of the Adjutant General, Bishop Matthew Williams.
It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Bishop James Neaul Haynes, Former First Assistant Presiding Bishop and Emeritus Member of the General Board – Church Of God In Christ, Inc. At the time of his passing, Bishop Haynes served as the distinguished Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. The services for Bishop James Neaul Haynes will be as follows:
The Local and Jurisdictional Home going Celebration
Saintsville Church Of God In Christ
The National Home going Celebration
Inspiring Body of Christ Church
Services are entrusted to:
All expressions of kindness to the Haynes Family can be sent to:
Mother Vivian King Haynes
c/o Saintsville Church Of God In Christ
2200 South Marsalis Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75216
The Adjutant General is requesting that all Hotel Accommodations and Ground Transportation needs for the General Board be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Saturday, March 14, 2015. The Adjutant General is requesting that all Bishops who will be attending the national celebration, please wear your “Class A” vestments. All National Adjutant brothers, who will be serving, please wear your “Class A” vestments. National Adjutant sisters who will be serving, please wear your white habits.
Let us be in prayer for the Haynes family and the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction during this most difficult time. If I can assist you further concerning this matter, please call my office at 501.712.0048.
In His Service,
Bishop Robert G. Rudolph, Jr.
Assistant General Secretary / Records and Archives
Scribe of the Adjutancy
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.
Bio from Wikipedia:
Bishop James Neaul Haynes (1932–present), the sixth child of the late Bishop F. L. Haynes and Mrs. Ola Mae Haynes, was born in Denton, Texas. He matriculated at the Denton Independent School District, graduating from Fred Moore High School with valedictorian honors. He then attended the University of Denver in Colorado, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating, he attended the Dallas Theological Seminary and he received a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1986.
Haynes began to preach the gospel in 1949, and was licensed as an elder in 1952 at the Open Door Church of God in Christ. He went on to become the pastor of that church. In 1962, he moved to St. Emmanuel COGIC. He also served as pastor at: Jackson Memorial COGIC, Wheatley COGIC, Haynes Chapel COGIC (which was named after his father, Bishop F. L. Haynes), and lastly Saintsville Sanctuary COGIC in Dallas, Texas. In 1967, he became a superintendent in the COGIC and was elevated to the office of Bishop of the Texas Northeast Jurisdiction in 1978.
After becoming a bishop, he was appointed to the National Trustee Board of the denomination. In 1984, Bishop Haynes was appointed to the General Board of the denomination. In 1997, he became the Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ serving under Presiding Bishops Chandler D. Owens , Gilbert E. Patterson , and most recently Charles E. Blake . In 2008, Bishop Haynes was not reappointed to the office of Second Assistant Presiding Bishop; however, he remained a General Board member. He officially retired from the General Board in November of 2012, and was declared an emeritus member of the General Board by Bishop Charles E. Blake on November 12, 2012.
Bishop Haynes is currently married to Vivian King Haynes. From this marriage they had two children: Pia and Vrai Haynes. They also have two sons-in-law: Reginald Williams and William C. Morris. Bishop Haynes now has four grandchildren.