George Edward Haynsworth, retired Nicaragua missionary bishop dies

By ENS staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Funeral services will be held Nov. 28 for the Rt. Rev. George Edward Haynsworth, 90, retired missionary bishop of Nicaragua and former assistant bishop in the Diocese of South Carolina.

Haynsworth died Nov. 24 after suffering a heart attack the day before. He lived in James Island, South Carolina.

The service for the burial of the dead will be held in the chapel at the Bishop Gadsden life care retirement community in Charleston. Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence is scheduled to preside and retired South Carolina Bishop C. FitzSimons Allison will preach. Haynsworth assisted Allison. (Lawrence has been restricted from exercising his ministry since Oct. 15 after the Episcopal Church’s Disciplinary Board for Bishops certified to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori that he had abandoned the Episcopal Church “by an open renunciation of the discipline of the church.” The restriction is a canonically required part of the board’s process.)

Burial will follow at the Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg.

Haynsworth was born in Sumter and began college at the Citadel in 1940 but was called into active duty during World War II. He later graduated from the Citadel. He received a theological degree from the University of the South in 1949. He was ordained a priest in 1950. He served as a priest in South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. In 1960 Haynsworth began missionary work serving people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

He was ordained missionary bishop of Nicaragua in 1969. He also served as bishop in charge of El Salvador. Upon returning to the United States he served as executive for world mission in church and society at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. He was called to become assistant bishop of South Carolina in 1985 and served until 1990.

Haynsworth is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Babbie), three sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Comments (2)

  1. Rev. Dr.William Muniz Ph.D. says:

    A Saintly man, a lving proof that Saints do live among us. He was my Bishop, he ordained me as an Episcopal Priest. We separated from each other in 1972, I was sent to seminary to become his replacement in Nicaragua. It did not happen, it did not work. But I kept him always in my heart as a man of God, a very humble man, a Bishop like those who come once in a God’s own time. I loved him I thank God for him. I will see him in heaven and ask him to forgive him for dissapointing him. The Rev. Dr.William Muniz D.Psy., M.A., M.Div.
    Catholic Priest.

  2. Ned Wolfe says:

    Father Haynsworth was my first paster when I was five years old at Saint Thomas in Savannah Those early lessons in faith have helped me in my walk with Christ. I still love you Babbie and what fun we had at your house.


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