Rosa O. Haynes entered eternal rest at her home, on Thursday, February 17, 2023, in Camden, South Carolina. Born on May 18, 1935, to Rev. Purdy and Sis. Christine Hough in Bethune, SC, she was the eleventh of thirteen children born. Only eleven lived to be adults. Andrew and Caleb died as toddlers. Nita, as she was called, was preceded in death by Purdy Hough (father), Christine Kelly Hough (mother); sisters-Mary Green (Sweetheart), Rachel, Christine (Singy), Ruth, Pearlie; brothers-Amon, Purdy (PH); Andrew, Caleb, Century, Matthew, and Aaron.
Nita accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. Nita was a 1954 graduate of Jackson High School. She graduated and attended college at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, and Morris College in Sumter, SC. Later she obtained her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. After graduation she moved to New Jersey to begin teaching. There she met and married James Haynes. To this union, Pamela M. Haynes came.
Nita wore many hats in her life: wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher, auntie, sister, and cousin. Known for her love of laughter and quick wit, she was loved, adored, and admired by all she encountered. Nita retired after giving 40 plus years educating young people in New Jersey and South Carolina. Her later years were spent in devoted service to her beloved New Hope Baptist Church where she served in the Senior Choir.
Left to cherish her memory and continue her legacy are: her beloved daughter, Pamela Haynes; six grandchildren, Sabrina Selassie, Sarah (Gabe) Moyer, Steven (Lusi) Selassie, Stephanie Salassie, Rachel Wimbley, Anthony Wimbley; six precious great grandsons, Malachi, Nathan, Orion, Azrael, Saige and Arturo and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and former students and colleagues.
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