Jacquelyn Louise Haizlip was born on December 7, 1933, in High Point, NC. Jackie, as she was affectionately known, was the youngest daughter of Louis Bernard and Mattie L. Jones Haizlip. She departed this life and entered eternal rest on May 3, 2019.
Jackie attended High Point public schools, graduating from William Penn High School in 1951. Despite the challenges of being a divorced mother of two, she continued her education at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical College, now State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
After working at Veterans Administration Hospitals in Richmond, VA and Durham, NC, as well as being the first African American surgical unit supervisor at Duke Medical Center, also in Durham, she returned to school and earned a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate and Master of Public Health degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After residing in the Washington, DC area for many years, Jackie returned to High Point in 1994 and joined her sister, Lois Powell, in the family business, Haizlip Funeral Home, which was established by their father in 1924 and served High Point and neighboring communities continuously until it was sold in 2003. Although she started with assisting with bookkeeping, selling services, and interacting with bereaved families, it did not take long for Jackie to decide to return to school to become licensed in Funeral Directing. She earned that certificate at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem, NC.
She also took advantage of other learning opportunities and completed such programs as Leadership High Point, High Point Minority Board Development, and R.E.A.L. Entrepreneurship, to name a few. Jackie served on the board of directors at Gatewood YWCA, Alcohol & Drug Services, Washington Drive Resource and Enrichment Center, and the City Project. Among many other rewards and recognitions, Jackie received the Business Award at the 5th Annual Minority Achievers and First Ladies of Distinction Awards Banquet and was among those honored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at an event to recognize influential women in the triad in 2018.
Continuing to build on the foundation of community service laid by her family, Jackie worked alongside other businesses and organizations to help revitalize the Washington Street area by bringing in more entertainers, shops, and services to this historic district. Her dream was to leave a legacy of making a positive difference by creating employment opportunities while also giving residents and visitors the desire to travel to the area to experience art, culture, history and economic development. In 2012, Jackie opened “Jackie’s Place,” an event center where the High Point community could come to celebrate and enjoy each other. In addition to Jackie’s Place, she developed Haizlip Aquatic Gardens to create a space of beauty and tranquility on Washington Street and had a number of other business ventures in progress at the time of her transition.
Jackie loved High Point, the Washington Street community, and Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a lifelong member after her home church of Brooks Memorial and St. Mark Methodist Church combined to form the new congregation. She was a faithful member of Silver and Gold Ministry and United Methodist Women until her health limited her activities. Jackie was also very active with and supportive of the Washington Street Neighborhood Association, of which she was a past president, and the Washington Street Business Association. She was a proud second generation member and past president of Alpha Art Club, the oldest African American organization in High Point and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
As a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Jackie was matchless in her love, devotion and care. She touched everyone she met with her wisdom, strength, energy, zest for life and her irrepressible sense of humor! And no one could match Jackie’s individuality and sense of style. A person only had to meet her once or be in her presence for a short period of time for her to make a lasting impression. She was truly one of a kind.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mattie Haizlip, her beloved sisters Lois Haizlip Powell and Bernice Haizlip Smith and brother-in-law Charles H. Powell.
Jackie leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Raynetta E. (Calvin) Jackson and son, Michael Haizlip Ewings; her grandchildren, Rishaunda E. “Risa” Moses and grandson by marriage Gerard L. Moses, Genola Y. (Patrick) Carrington, Jeffery A. Coppadge and Cerise L. Jackson; five great-grandchildren, Kalven, Kareena, Jaidan, Julian, and Jayla; a beloved aunt, Dorothy Haizlip, and many cousins and other relatives. Jackie had a host of dear and close friends who are too numerous to name here but had a cherished place in her heart and were considered family to her as well.
A Celebration of a Life Well Lived will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 1327 Cedrow Drive, High Point, NC. The Omega Omega Service will began at 11:15 a.m. The family will receive visitors from 11:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday. A Wake Service will be held on Friday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the church. A private entombment will take place with the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hayworth Cancer Center's Loveline Foundation in memory of Jacquelyn L. Haizlip, 302 Westwood Avenue, High Point, NC 27262.
Johnson & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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