Robert Staple Haynes
Robert Staple Haynes was the fifth child of the late Cleveland Haynes Sr. and Esteller Fletcher Haynes on December 12, 1938 in St. Joseph, Louisiana. He and his seven siblings grew up in a household full of love and rooted in faith.
He early professed his faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, and was baptized by the late Rev. Herman Bryant in the Morning Star Baptist Church.
Haynes excelled as a student and graduated from Tensas Rosenwald High School in 1957. He enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was inducted into the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in 1959. Robert received his BS degree in mathematics from Southern University in 1962.
Immediately after graduation, he moved to Seattle, Washington, Grover and Wanda Haynes with his brother and sister-in-law, and began his career with the Boeing Company, where he stayed for a year before being drafted into the US Army. Soon after, in June 1964, he married his college sweetheart, Malver Baptiste. Two children were born to this association: Rodney Steven and Robin Simone.
After finishing his tour, Haynes returned to the Boeing Company for four years before accepting a position as a management trainee with the Liberty Bank of Seattle. His banking career spanned over 30 years and included executive positions at the Pacific National Bank of Washington, Seattle First National Bank, Emerald City Bank, Puget Sound Bank and finally Key Bank,where he served as Vice President / Area Sales Manager until his retirement in 2000.
Haynes was not only a recognized leader in the Seattle business community; he was also actively involved in the Seattle philanthropic community. He demonstrated his commitment to the service by contributing his expertise as a board member for a variety of nonprofits. Some of the companies that benefited from his wise advice were: the Metropolitan Seattle Urban League, the Seattle Academy of Finance, the Seattle Harbor Club, and the Washington Special Olympics. The physical distance did not diminish his love for his alma mater, Southern University. The deep connection and affection for Southern led tothat he became a founding member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Southern University Alumni Association. He was the club’s treasurer for 40 years.
Haynes remained engaged in his spiritual life and was a loyal member of Mount Zion Baptist Church since August 1965, where he held numerous leadership roles and proved to be an influential voice and valued resource on several important strategic initiatives of the Church. His recent engagement as a mentor / teacher in a mentoring program for young men, Team Issaachar, was particularly fulfilling.
Travel was a passion Haynes shared with his beloved wife Malver. You were lucky enough to visit six of the seven continents. Haynes loved animals, so he particularly enjoyed his two trips to Africa, which included a safari.When not traveling, you can find Haynes on the golf course. He played several times a week with his regular golf buddies: Richard Collins, Julius Devaro, Walt Braithwaite, Donald and Ruby Godmother.
Haynes was a lifelong learner, and continued his education, earning an MBA in Finance from Seattle University in 1976 and a Certificate in 1982 from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Haynes is survived by his devoted wife of 56, Malver; Son Rodney Haynes of Oakland, California; Daughter Robin (Bobby) Yearby of Hayward, California; Granddaughter, Maralie Yearby; Grandson, Griffin Haynes Yearby; Brother Grover (Wanda) Haynes of Seattle, Washington; Sister Ora Brown of Detroit, Michigan; Sister Minnie Martin of Detroit, Michigan;Sister Katie Wright of Atlanta, Georgia; Sister Estella (Ron) Swann of Indianapolis, Indiana; Brother-in-law Henry Baptiste and Lloyd (Veronica) Baptiste of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Sisters-in-Law, Theresa Baptiste of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Audrey Haynes from Florida and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. th In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Team Issachar, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19
Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122, or to your preferred charity on their behalf.