The service for Mrs. Haynie will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.
Jean Cobb Haynie ascended into eternal rest on April 14, 2021, after an extended period of failing health. She was born on June 6, 1938, to the late C. C. Cobb, Sr., and Veora Durham Cobb in Durham, North Carolina – the seventh of eight children. Jean was educated in the Durham City Schools and North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University) where she graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. While at NCC, she was a clarinetist in the marching and concert bands and really enjoyed her time as a college girl.
Upon graduating from NCC, Jean relocated to Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked as a Day-Care Teacher for several years. Then, after a brief tenure in Petersburg, Virginia, she returned to Durham in the early ‘70s to work in the Day-Care area. Her passion was working with pre-school children, so she ultimately opened her own day-care in the basement of the family home. Later on, she worked at Watts Street Nursery, Grace Baptist Nursery, and Scarborough Nursery, as well as Durham Public Schools.
Jean was a staunch Christian who was true to her faith and loved the Lord with every fiber of her being. She grew up in Mount Vernon Baptist Church where she was very active in all youth and young-adult activities. In her later years, she affiliated herself with the Christian Apostolic Holiness Church in Roxboro, North Carolina, where she was a faithful member until health issues prevented her from attending regularly. Even though she could not physically attend church, she frequently watched the virtual church services, particularly during the time of the pandemic.
Jean was predeceased by her siblings, Alice Cobb, Gertrude Cobb, Gladys C. Battle, Claude Cobb, Jr., Ulysses Cobb, and Annie Ruth Brodeaux, as well as her parents and three nephews – Ulysses Cobb, Jr., Johnny Cobb, and Bert Choate. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Nelson; her sisters, Ruth C. Choate, and Dorothy C. Wiggins (David); nieces, Patricia Gyant, Jerris Wells (Eugene), Jeanya McMillan, and Rudie Choate; nephews, Steven Cobb (Kathy), Vaughn Cobb, Claude C. Cobb, III, Gordon Matthewson, Alphonso Mathewson (Mary Ann), and David Wiggins, III; grand nieces, grand nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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