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James R. Haynes

March 23, 2023

James Haynes Obituary

James Romeo Haynes departed this life on March 23, 2023 surrounded by his family at George Washington University Hospital. Born in Cairo, Illinois, he was the younger of two children. He graduated cum laude from Fisk University where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He received his Master's in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from George Washington School of Law.

He is survived by his wife, Lynnette Hairston Haynes, two children, Ashley and Jonathan, in-laws, Henry and Elizabeth Hairston, three sisters-in-law, Donna Mickens (Ben), Pamela Sadler (Blaine), and Angela Wilson (Amos), one brother-in-law, Wayne Hairston, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank you for the expressions of care and support demonstrated to us during our time of bereavement.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisk University in Memory of James Romeo  - Send to: Fisk University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1000 17th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208. Online donations may be made at: and via cell by texting "Fisk" to 56512. Indicate that it is a Memorial Gift in honor of James Romeo Haynes designated for Fisk Outstanding Scholars and Leaders Award Scholarship Fund.



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April 20, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

Homegoing Celebration
April 20, 2023

11:00 AM
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

Interment following funeral service
April 20, 2023

Rock Creek Cemetery
Rock Creek Church Road & Webster Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011


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