Nena Beatrice Epps was born on May 7, 1952, in Bartow, Florida to the late Thomas and Margaret Haines raised in love from a toddler until marriage by her late uncle and aunt Alonzo and Dorothy Lee Williams in Queens, New York. She dearly departed on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 5, 2022, in the comfort and peace of her home. She’s preceded in death by her husband, Duane F. Epps; brother, Tyrone Haines; sister, Alethia Haines; nephew, Tyrone Haines, Jr.; and a host of close family and friends.
She was best known for her unique, wise, humorous, witty, fiery personality but most adored for her unconditional love, extended compassion, unyielding loyalty, and words of wisdom offered to those she loved and admired. She enjoyed dancing, listening to music, playing cards with her family, cooking, especially her infamous peach cobbler, and reading her bible. She also enjoyed being an active member at her church Wayman Temple AME where she faithfully served on the Stewardess Board under the spiritual leadership of Dr. Mark L. Griffin, Senior Pastor.
However, her greatest love, joy, accomplishment, and pride was raising her three boys, Noel, Jason, and Christopher from boys into three phenomenal Black Men and Leaders.
Nena leaves to mourn, her three sons, Noel Epps (Marie), Jason Epps (Ana), and Christopher Epps; brother, Thomas A. Haines Sr. (Jewel); sisters, Deborah Haines and Stacey Haines; six grandchildren, Dante’, Alexis, Adalee, Jessenia, Nolan and Shelby; close cousins, Angela Barnes-Penny, Shamele Jenkins, and Velma Carr; special friend, Freddie Smoak; aunts, Gloria (Larry), and Donna (Keith); nephews and nieces, Jamie (Candace), Jenee, Renol, Michael (Jessica), Thomas, Jerri, Turaine, Terise, Tia, Tyshawn, Jamila (Jason), Phillip, Sheba, Tierra, Shayna, Keith, Jashyra, Chevon (James), Diamond, Natasha, and Kiki; best friend, Kae-Kae; Wayman Temple fellow members; and a host more of close family and friends.
The world will shine a little less without our beloved, vibrant, sweet and sassy Mother affectionately known as “Sista” amongst her siblings.
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