On a warm summer day in Fort Worth, Texas, Janice Lee Haynes entered this world, bringing with her a strong-willed spirit and heart of gold, that spun a love for music that would resonate throughout her life's journey. On July 25, 2023, “Aunt J”, surrounded by the melodies of cherished memories, transitioned from this earth, leaving behind a legacy of strength, resilience, and wisdom.
Janice's affinity for music was evident at an early age, as her nimble fingers danced across the keys of a piano. Her sister recalled her creating an originally composed musical piece, that she played often and taught to anyone who allowed her to do so.
A soul deeply connected to her spirituality, Janice embraced Christ as her savior early in life. Though she did not identify as religious, her profound and intimate relationship with "the God of her understanding" served as a guiding light in her journey. This spiritual bond anchored her and provided profound peace in the winter season of her life.
Janice's educational journey led her through the halls of Oscar Dean Wyatt High School, culminating in her graduation in 1973. Following an honorable discharge from the United States Army, she continued her pursuit of knowledge, enrolling in undergraduate coursework while living on the East Coast and later immersing herself in the art of photography at Tarrant County College.
Intelligent, yet eclectic and adventurous, Janice's professional path was very diverse. From her days at the aquarium within the Fort Worth Zoo to her time at the Law Offices of the Honorable Maryellen Hicks, the Fort Worth Postal Service, and the Channel 5 News crew, Janice welcomed unique opportunities to put her gifts and talents to good use in the Autumn of her life.
Janice's heart overflowed with a love for all genres of music, an affection that extended to her role as the cherished aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. She delighted in sharing her passion and wisdom, leaving an indelible mark on their lives and inspiring them to embrace the world of melody and rhythm.
In the season of new beginnings, Janice reunites with her beloved mother, Margaret Haynes, and father, Roosevelt Haynes, as well as her brothers Eddie Griffin and Lawrence Griffin, who preceded her in death. Left to cherish her memory are her siblings Ronnie Haynes, Eugene Haynes, Rochelle Bunch, and Remonica Lewis (Kenneth), along with Tiffany Riley (James), nieces who were raised as cherished members of the Haynes household. Janice's legacy continues through a myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a vast circle of cherished family and friends.
In spring there is new life, but it requires both rain and sunlight. We are saddened to lose Janice's sage wisdom, boisterous laughter, radiant smile, and even her alter ego, “Cowboy”. However, “We live with a joyful confidence, yet at the same time we take delight in the thought of leaving our bodies behind to be at home with the Lord.”2 Corinthians 5:8 TPT
Rest in Power and Peace, dearly beloved Janice. A melody of sweet memories will forever linger in our hearts