November 3, 1933 - July 26, 2011
A Father , Leader, Visionary, Man of God
A Time to be Born . . . Reverend John Thomas Haymon was born the son of the late Jeremiah and Willie Mae Haymon in Adell, Georgia on November 3rd, 1933.
He accepted Christ as his Savior at a very early age. Fifty-five years ago he accepted a higher calling to the pastorate. He served with proven leadership in various churches, including New Bethel Baptist Church (Pier Station, FL), North City Baptist Church (St. Augustine, FL), Morning Star Baptist Church (East Palatka, FL), and New Hope Baptist Church (Penney Farms, FL). Despite the fact that he had grown feeble, God blessed him to continue to render prayer and whisper encouragement to those in need.
A Time to Love . . . On March 3, 1955 John married Mamie Burroughs, his high school sweetheart. The young coupe moved to Penny Farms, FL where they were well known and well respected throughout the community and within the state. They became involved in the spiritual and social realms of their community.
A time to speak and serve . . . Rev. Haymon received his early education through the Clay County Public Schools System, graduating from the Dunbar High School class of 1953. He was the class valedictorian. Upon completion of his high school studies, he enlisted in the United States Army, and after serving his country well received his honorable discharge on October 21, 1958.He furthered his educuation in religious studies at the Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies.
Rev. Haymon was well known as a Civil Rights Leader in Clay County. He followed the non-violence teachings of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. Although this struggle was long and challenging, Rev. Haymon remained focused by putting God first.
Rev. Haymon used his God-given talent to speak and then turn words into action. He was an elected official, having served as a town councilman, and later as the appointed Mayor of Penney Farms for a term in office. After his term was up, her served once again as a member of the town council.
In the Late 1960's Rev. Haymon, along with his wife, Mrs. Mamie Haymon, joined forces with the CUBB organization. This organization. This organization's goals and mission were to provide services to families in need of food, clothing, housing, employment, education/training, and childcare.
The Haymon's opened their home to the children of the community for evening devotional service. Those in attendance would sit on the floor in the tiny home down the road, and learn about Christ, helping others, respecting each other, and about finances. They even formed a Christian Savings Club.
Rev. Haymon's voice is ever present in the New Hope Community. His legacy will live on through his good works. He organized athletic events: basketball, softball, boxing, football, and even games for the small children; all in an effort to keep children busy during the summer months.
We thank Rev. Haymon for his mentor and leadership during his time at New Hope Baptist Church and we can press forward with endearing hope knowing that heaven has one more faithful servant in the army of the Lord.