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Jonathan Haywood

April 13, 1963 — February 19, 2024

Copperas Cove

In loving memory of Jonathan Haywood, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who touched the lives of many with his kindness and unwavering dedication. Jonathan was born on April 13, 1963, in Water Valley, Mississippi, and  passed away at his home in Copperas Cove, Texas. Throughout his life, he exemplified values of integrity, courage, and selflessness that inspired all who knew him.

Jonathan's journey began at Western High School in Detroit, MI, and continued as he pursued higher education at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. In 1982, he embarked on a distinguished military career reaching the rank of First Sergeant. Throughout his 23 1/2 years of active service, Jonathan demonstrated unwavering dedication and valor. He served across the globe in Korea and Germany, engaging in pivotal missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His service was adorned with accolades including the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), and the Army Achievement Medal (8th Award), among others.

Upon retiring from the military, Jonathan continued to serve by supporting deployed soldiers in the Middle East. His roles at Kellogg Brown & Root and Lockheed Martin showcased his strong work ethic and commitment to excellence. Notably, he contributed significantly to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood as an Operations Specialist.

 In his leisure time, Jonathan indulged in hobbies such as golfing, landscaping, grilling delicious meals, and watching sports with enthusiasm. He found joy in watching his granddaughter excel in various sports activities and cherished moments spent traveling and working on DIY projects.

The impact Jonathan had on those around him goes beyond words. His leadership in various organizations (Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans) brought about meaningful change and recognition that touched many lives. From partnering with the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration program to receiving accolades from esteemed political figures and civic bodies like the White House under President Barack Obama and was selected by Copperas Cove Exchange Club as the 2018 Golden Deed Recipient. He also helped SG-VHV receive numerous proclamations and achievements from political and civic organizations to include: US Congress 25th & 31st District of Texas, Texas House of Representative District 59, City of Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville and Gatesville Mayors proclamations, III Corps & Fort Hood Retiree Council & Installation Adjutant General and The State of Texas NAACP. Also recognized by the Texas Association of School Boards for assisting with the fund raising in support of the CCISD School District.

Jonathan's magnetic personality radiated warmth and positivity. He was a man of God who prioritized family above all else. His love for family gatherings during holidays will forever be cherished. His love for dancing and singing brightened family gatherings, making joyful memories that will endure.

Jonathan is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years Calara Haywood; daughters Quatricia Robinson (Darnell) and Tramesiya Haywood; granddaughter A'Nyjaa Robinson; brothers Mark, Reginald Haywood and Arnold Campbell,sister Sherry Cribbs; goddaughters Keandra Pickett and Kristiney Reed; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded  in death by his mother Ocia Mae Turner-Haywood and brother Victor Haywood.

Jonathan Haywood's remarkable journey is marked by resilience, strength of character, and unwavering love for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His contributions to both his country and community stand as a testament to a life lived with purpose and passion. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary soul at services held in Copperas Cove and Killeen, Texas. Let us carry forward his legacy of selflessness and unwavering dedication to those around us. May he rest in peace knowing that his legacy lives on through those whose lives he touched.


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