On January 26, 1942, An angel touched earth and brought forth the lovely Ms. Jessie Mae Haynes. She was born to the late William Haynes Sr. and Lula May Jackson, in Augusta, Georgia. He then later married the late Mattie Haynes. Jessie was one of 11 siblings, the late William Haynes, jr. the late John Haynes, the late Joseph Haynes, the late Bobby Haynes, the late Daniel Haynes, the late Alice Haynes, the late McArthur Abrahams, the late Carrie Haynes, Hattie Haynes, and Nana Haynes. When she became of age, she left Augusta, Georgia and moved to New Jersey. Jessie, acquired a job as a caretaker and had a part time job as a sales person. She received the Lord Jesus Christ and became a member of the Grace Temple Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.
Jessie had four beautiful children, whom she adored. In 1960, she met the late Rev. Roy Baker, they fell in love, got married and had three children; Bobby (The Vocalist) is her first born son. As he grew, she noticed he had a talent for singing, she always enjoyed hearing sweet melodies around the house, when he got older; every week they’d either go to the (dog/horse) track, the Casino or bond over karaoke. Then, came Calvin (The Athlete), her second born, Jessie and Calvin had a special bond; they enjoyed having deep conversations, watching movies and just being each other's company. When Calvin was in high school, she tried to make it to all of his basketball games and attend his marching band events where he played the snare drum. Next came her baby girl, Theresa (The Diva), the third child born to the late Jessie Baker, and her only daughter. Jessie and Theresa were always together, whether they’d be getting their nails or their hair done, going to concerts, out shopping, traveling, and getting dressed up, turning heads everywhere they went. Last, but certainly not least, came Charles Cherry Jr. (The Spoiled One) her third and last son by the late Charles Cherry Sr. He was her baby, they always had their shared/inside jokes, but most importantly, Jr. was his mother’s keeper, he enjoyed watching her cook and kept her company in the kitchen. Jessie also loved going to Bingo with friends!
Anyone who knew Jessie, would tell you that cooking was her gift to all. She opened her home to family during the holidays and didn’t mind cooking the entire dinners herself. In her caregiving nature she became a nurse at the Edgewood Nursing Home. Jessie was the Matriarch of the Haynes family, and she carried that title with exemplary style and grace. She loved and cared very deeply for her family, she never turned her back on anyone, and was always there as a listening ear, giving advice, guidance, support, or overall empathy. Jessie loved The Lord, and had a close spiritual relationship with her father, she was a devout prayer warrior, she visited and prayed with the sick and elderly, she attended church services regularly in her youth, which was a good thing because it became difficult for her to attend services in her latter years after the accident, but that did not waver her spirit nor her faith in Christ. Overall, Jesse had a great sense of humor, extraordinary wit and charm would keep us stitches for hours.
On January 21st, 2023, God called his daughter home to rest and reunite her with her past loved ones. She leaves to cherish in her memory her sisters Hattie Atwood of NJ, and Nana Clay of GA. her sons Bobby Baker and wife Angie of NH, Calvin Baker and his wife Carol of Roxbury MA, Charles Cherry Jr. of Charlestown MA, her daughter Theresa Baker of Brockton, MA, her grandchildren Camille, Bobby jr., Elijah, Jorel, Amani, Jessina, Nijah, Shynae, Jaylen and five great grand kids and a hosts of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Jessie's memory will live on, she will be forever loved and cherished.
“Though I walk through the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.”
“My mother was a very proud, firm god fearing woman. We could see it in the way she spoke. We could see it in her confidence; in the way she carried herself” Theresa Baker
“If she told you something, she meant it. My mother showed me she’s as strong as a bull, and when she pointed her finger, that meant you were in trouble” but most of all, she was well respected, honest and a giving person.” Bobby Baker
“One thing I can say about my mother is, when I really needed her. She was there, especially during my darkest times. A real loving, genuine and supporting queen” Calvin Baker.
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