Usimare Piankhy Haynes


Usimare Piankhy Haynes affectionately known as “Usi” was born on December 12, 1975 in Manhattan, New York to Janet L. Richardson and Milton L. Haynes. He was the youngest of four siblings.


Later his family moved to Bellwood, Illinois where he graduated with honors from St. Simeon Elementary & Proviso West High School. Usi was a brilliant man with great humility. Education was very important to him. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Prairie View A&M University located in Prairie View, Texas with a B.A. degree in Electrical Engineering as well as later obtaining a B.A. degree in Computer Science from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.


Usi had an impeccable work ethic and he was most inspired about entrepreneurship. His entrepreneurial spirit is what led him to become a Real Estate Agent and later to become a Broker. He also was a self-taught General Contractor who operated his own business named, “The Home Improvers.”


Usi loved spending time with his family. Taking the kids to the park, going on bike rides and taking vacations were a few of the things he enjoyed doing. He also had many interests and hobbies such as coaching youth basketball, mentoring, reading, watching documentaries and listening to NPR. Exercising and eating healthy was very important to him.


As a teenager Usi accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Most recently he joined Second Baptist Church under Pastor Washington. He was a respectable man who was giving, loving, understanding, kind, and honest.  He will be best remembered as a loving family member, a loyal friend, an endearing brother, an awesome son, a devoted husband, and an outstanding father. To know him was to love him!


On Friday, January 2, 2015 at 12:27 a.m. he was called home after a short battle with a rare kidney cancer. He is survived by his wife, Johanna Haynes; his five children: Devoncil, Sekie, Naparaye, Khepri and Safiya; his mother, Janet Richardson and father, Milton (Marsha) Haynes, grandmother Dorothy Bennett, grandfather Milton (Opal) Haynes, brother Armon Haynes, Sr., four sisters: Melony (Bobby) Kersh, Maysha (Verron) Barmore, Jade Haynes and Jada Haynes, three nephews: Armon Jr., Charles and Cameron, five nieces: Kayla, Adia, Imara, Niazeria and NahJae; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Vickie Haynes and grandfathers Charles Wallace and Kelly Bennett.


Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Friday January 9, 2015 at Second Baptist Church 186 N. 17th St.  Interment at Union Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. Clyde & Delois Wright

    We are so sorry for your loss. We extend to you our deepest sympathies and want you to know that you are in our prayers.

  2. Usimare will be greatly missed at the school. I, personally, will miss our deep discussions on how to change the world. He was so passionate about quality education, not just for his own children, but for all. He was a wonderful father, so active in the girls’ lives. We will do everything we can to help them through this difficult time.

  3. Dr. A. Gupta & P.K.Gupta

    We are very sorry to hear the demise of Mr. Haynes. May his soul rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathies to his bereved family.

  4. Dr. A. Gupta & P.K.Gupta

    We are very sorry to hear the demise of Mr. Haynes. May his soul rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family members.

  5. Julie Boch----Miss Julie

    Johanna and family,
    Tammy told me today of your loss. My deepest sympathies to you, Raye, Kephri and the rest of your family. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. I will go above and beyond to support you, Raye and Kephri upon your return.

  6. I was present at Usimare’s baptism at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; I stood as his godfather. I lost touch with the family a few years later when I moved away from the city. I would very much like to hear from any members of his family, especially Milton and Janet. We used to see one another at church on Sundays. I have Christmas card photos of Usimare and his siblings when they were all very young.

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