M. J. Edwards Stage Road Chapel

4445 Stage Road, Memphis, TN


Josephine Henley Hayslett

February 17, 1946July 29, 2020

Josephine “Josie” Hayslett, 74, passed away July 29, 2020. She was born February 17, 1946 in Mason, Tennessee to James Edward and Alberta Lee Henley.

Josie accepted Christ at a young age at her mother’s church, Tucker’s Temple COGIC. She remained a faithful COGIC member her entire life. At Holy Nation Church of Memphis, she was a deaconess, member of the ministerial staff, a Sunday School teacher, former VBS chair, church historian and board member of the “Petals of Love Girls Club.” Her favorite scripture was Micah 6:8. She read it often and always believed she was doing what God required of her.

Josie was a graduate of Fayette County Training School, LeMoyne College and Memphis State University. She completed Master’s coursework at Trevecca Nazarene College campus in Memphis. Josie worked as an educator for the Memphis City School System for 30 years, retiring while working at White Station Middle School, where she taught 8th grade American History.

Josie leaves to cherish her memory her most wonderful and adored husband, Eddie Hayslett Jr., three loving daughters, Kristi Hayslett-Jones (Derrick Jones), Chandra Hayslett and Torri Hayslett, and two very loved granddaughters, Kendall and Kaylee Jones. She also leaves her only surviving brother, William L. Henley (Petronella); nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and many friends.

The funeral services for Josephine will be held Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Holy Nation Church of Memphis, 3333 Old Brownsville Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38134. The interment will take place on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Forest Hill Cemetery-East, 2440 Whitten Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38133.


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, August 3, 2020


Josephine Henley Hayslett

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Pam McCormick Jenkins

August 2, 2020

Dear Hayslett Family,

Your sweet mother was my 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Craigmont Jr. High (when there was such a thing) way back in 1974-75, I believe. It was just a couple of years after the school opened. My memory of her was that every one liked her upbeat way of teaching, so we were very disappointed to learn that she was going out on maternity leave.

No one was more excited to see her, however, when she returned than I was because my mother (a certified teacher) had been chosen to sub in her place. My mom was a strict disciplinarian who was all business and didn't crack a smile when she taught...not at all like the sweet lady we were used to!! When Mrs. Hayslett returned, I just remembered hugging her & thanking her repeatedly for coming back to school so now life could get back to normal. I think the rest of the class felt the same too. Even though my mom was an excellent teacher, she just wasn't Mrs. Hayslett!!

I just wanted you to know that even way back then, your wife/mom was making an impact on those around her! Her smile & laugh made even Social Studies much better! Her desire to make class fun & interesting inspired me in my own teaching. I pray her legacy will continue to pay dividends for generations of teachers & learners to come. God bless!


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