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Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek

9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Ernest Edward Haynes III

July 11, 1971January 7, 2020
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On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Ernest Edward Haynes III, transitioned to eternal life at the age of 48. He was born on July 11, 1971 in Cambridge, MD to Ernest and Paulette (Todd) Haynes, Jr. He graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester H.S. in 1989 and received a congressional nomination to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD. He graduated from USNA as a Commissioned Officer in the Navy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering in 1993.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Ernest successfully completed his formal Surface Warfare Officer training in Newport, Rhode Island and was assigned to USS Mount Whitney where he served as the Communications Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. It was during this time that he met and married the love of his life of 24 years, Renee (Wilcox) Haynes.

In 1997, at the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade, Ernest served onboard the USS Merrimack as the Navigation Officer. In 1998, as a Lieutenant, he served as the Airborne Reconnaissance Officer for the Pentagon in Washington, DC. During this assignment, he regularly briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2000, Ernest resigned his active duty commission and transferred to the reserves where he served in various positions until 2007. Ernest completed his Navy career at the rank of Lieutenant Commander, with numerous awards including Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards).

In 2001, Ernest joined corporate America serving in the Oil and Gas Industry. He was hired by ExxonMobil Corporation to run operations in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, and Massachusetts. After 12 years with Exxon, Ernest was hired by the Shell Corporation in Seattle, Washington where he spent close to 4 years as a Regional Facilities Manager for the US Northern region. In 2017, Ernest accepted a Director’s position with Jefferson Energy Companies and relocated his family to Houston, TX. Within 1 year, Ernest was promoted to Vice President of Operations. In 2019, Ernest was hired by Phillips 66 Corporation as an Optimization Director for Midstream Operations, where he was currently employed prior to transitioning. No matter where he worked, he was highly respected by all colleagues.

Ernest was a devoted Christian, family man, and friend. He loved the Lord and actively fellowshipped at Cylife Church in Cypress, Texas. Ernest enjoyed movie watching, vacationing and weekend getaways with his lovely wife, Renee. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Ernest, known as Papa, was often caught on camera trying to dance the latest dance moves with his grandchildren, as well as cheering them on at their sporting events. Ernest made everyone around him better. He was known for his quick wit, intelligence, humor and his kind and compassionate spirit. He will truly be missed.

Ernest was proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents Edward and Estella Todd, paternal grandparents Ernest Haynes Sr. and Margie Wilkerson, Aunt Lorraine Perry and Uncles Phillip and Leo Todd. He is survived by his wife Renee Haynes of Cypress, TX, parents Ernest and Paulette Haynes Jr. of Cambridge, MD, his two daughters Rakisha and Toni Wilcox of Cypress, TX, son Malik Belcher of California, grandchildren Alayshia, Ahmari, Ahvaughn, Ahlijah, Jayel, Jayden, Aiyana Wilcox all of Cypress, TX, close friends Darryl and Elayna Wilson of Acworth, Georgia and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

Memories

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Michael Stull

January 16, 2020

To the Haynes family I am incredibly sorry for your loss. Ernest was a fantastic man and Classmate. All of us in 1st and 30th Company at USNA were lucky to have known him.

Rikky Miller

January 15, 2020

One of the best men I ever knew. I was always happy to see him and admired the love he had for his family.

Donya Tuck

January 15, 2020

There are so many positive things that can be said of Ernest. Ernest was a couple years ahead of me in school and I always admired that he was not only intelligent and talented but also that he was a kindhearted person. Ernest was a role model even as a child. My deepest condolences to his wife, parents and family. Praying God grants you strength and comfort.

Chris Wilcox

January 15, 2020

My Brother, You will never be forgotten and have always been there for me anytime that I needed you. Never questioned me when I called on you and treated my sister like a queen. And loved the girls like they were your own. You have always inspired people to do better and spoke the truth to all. And you loved God. You will forever remain in the hearts of many. Love and miss you my Brother.

Tanishia Wilcox

January 14, 2020

Uncle Ernest had the biggest brightest smile that could brighten up any gloomy day. Through him and my Auntie Renee I was blessed to start my journey on learning to know God. I will forever be grateful to them for that. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever received from a human being and I’m so thankful for that. I will forever love and miss him. I’m blessed for the time I was able to spend with him. Uncle Ernest was the true definition of what I consider to be a great man. May he rest in heaven peacefully. Forever loved and missed I’ll never ever forget him❤️
Tanishia Wilcox

Margie McNeil

January 14, 2020

Words will never express or defined how much I loved and appreciated this wonderful man of God and friend him and his wife(woman of God) was to me as we met on the usher ministery in Woodbridge, VA. He had a smile that lit up any dark place in one's life. He will be missed but to know he is with Our Creator will bring a smile through my tears. May he RIH💓

Don Sullivan

January 14, 2020

I was a petty officer aboard USS Merrimack and served under then LT Haynes. He was diligent in his duties and a hard worker. I remember he did have a good sense of humor but can’t recall any specific moments. It was an honor to serve with him. He was a tremendous credit to his family as I watched him act honorably in all his dealings.

I am truly sorry for all of you at such a tragic loss. I will hold you up in prayer. May God abundantly comfort and bless you all in the difficult time.

Sincerely,
Don Sullivan

Dyron and Patrice Davis

January 14, 2020

We are praying for you and your family. You all were such an inspiration of love, faith, and class. We will be there to celebrate his life and support in anyway we can.
Love Dyron and Patrice & the TL Family

Deborah Martin

January 14, 2020

To the Haynes family I am so sorry for your loss he will be missed here at P66

Jimmie James

January 14, 2020

He used his mouth more for smiles than words. Always a man of integrity and and devotion to his Family, his God, his friends , and his work. Rest In Peace my friend. I will always remember the great work you did for us at Everett.

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