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Beauford Leroy 'Beau' Haynie
Beauford Leroy ‘Beau’ Haynie

WILMINGTON — The world has lost a great man, an American hero. Retired U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. Beauford Leroy ‘Beau’ Haynie, 87, peacefully left this earth to be at home with our Lord Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Beau was and will always be a U.S. Marine. He loved his country and he loved the Marine Corps. He served for over 20 years and was a war veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Beau was accommodated with many awards to include Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, World War II Victory medal and Korean Service medal.

After his active service, Beau enjoyed a long career with Central Transport Trucking Company. Beau loved God and his family. He was a faithful member of Castle Hayne Baptist Church and loved to serve others. He loved westerns and bluegrass music and had a witty sense of humor that everyone enjoyed. His greatest love and joy in life was his wife of 32 years, Peggy Haynie. She was the light in his eye and was his most precious treasure.

Beau was born in Byers, Texas, April 25, 1929, to the late Elmer Greene and Cora Garrett Haynie. He was preceded in death by his son, Beryl Haynie; daughter, Brenda Haynie; and sisters, Lulabelle Davis and Ruby Gillen.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy Haynie; children, Barry Haynie (Donna), Pete Bell (Janie), Terry Haynie (Shannon), Sherry Boswell (Gregory), Debbie Faircloth (William), Terry Lieseke (Trish), Donny Lieseke (Lynn) and Linda Long (David); sister, Edith Haynie; 17 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Beau’s life was well lived, much loved, and will be truly missed.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 2, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Castle Hayne Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

“Willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” – 2 Corinthians 5:8.