James Neaul Haynes, a Denton native who rose in the ranks of the Church of God in Christ, died on March 9.
He was 83.
A national funeral for the influential pastor will be at noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Ave. in Dallas.
Haynes was the sixth child of the late Bishop F.L. Haynes and Mrs. Ola Mae Haynes. He was born on Aug. 8, 1931. The Haynes family was characterized by achievement. Haynes’ younger brother, Abner, was one of the first black athletes to desegregate Texas college football in 1956 when he and teammate Leon King joined the then North Texas Statue University ball team in 1956.
James Haynes graduated from Fred Moore High School in 1948 as class valedictorian, and earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Colorado.
He attended Dallas Theological Seminary, and was given an honorary doctorate in 1986.
Before his death, Haynes served as former First Assistant Presiding Bishop and Emeritus Member of the General Board of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc.
Haynes was a relatively young preacher, starting in 1949 and then earning a license from the Church of God in Christ in 1952 as an elder. As an elder, Hayne’s taught his faith to energing and maturing members of the denomination.
Haynes dedicated himself to the denomination. In 1962, he moved to St. Emmanuel Church of God in Christ.. He also served as pastor at Jackson Memorial, Wheatley and Haynes Chapel Churches of God in Christ. The Haynes Chapel church was named for Haynes’ father. Bishop F.L. Haynes.
Haynes’ final parish was Saintsville Sanctuary Church of God in Christ in Dallas. In 1967, he became a superintendent in the denomination and was elevated to the office of Bishop of the Texas Northeast Jurisdiction in 1978.
His work continued. 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, Haynes was not reappointed to the office of Second Assistant Presiding Bishop, but stayed on the General Board. 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.
Haynes is survived by his wife, Vivian King Haynes, their children, Pia and Vrai Haynes and sons-in-law Reginald Williams and William C. Morris. Haynes is survived by four grandchildren.
Photo: Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, left, is shown at his longtime church, Saintsville Church of God in Christ, Dallas on Sunday, September 10, 2006. Bishop Haynes, second in command of the Church of God in Christ denomination, one of the world’s largest black churches, died on March 9.