Bird Watching

Genevieve “Gyp” Haynie – Now Habersham

Genevieve “Gyp” Lou Green Haynie, 83, of Cornelia, GA, died March 10 after a courageous two-year battle with lung cancer.

Born in Forest Park, Georgia on December 4, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Elmo Dunn and Adelaide Estelle Hill Green. Gyp, as her friends and family called her, was married for 45 years to Belton Caro Haynie, Jr., who died in 2002. Gyp’s first job after high school was at Southern Bell. After that, she worked for her father’s company – ED Green and Sons – before joining Caro to work in accounting, a career she had for the rest of her life. A lifelong Methodist, Gyp was a member of Cornelia UMC and was active in church life for many years.

Gyp lived his life embodying one of his father’s favorite quotes: “The most important things you leave behind are your children and the work of your head, hands and heart.” This belief manifested in his enjoyment of gardening, bird watching, genealogical research and hosting Camp Haynie for his grandchildren. Gyp’s creative talents have been expressed through her painting, quilting and crocheting, cross stitch and various art projects. Gyp loved to entertain, and his home has been blessed with many lively and festive gatherings over the years.

Gyp’s life has been enriched by the loving members of his family, including his three daughters – Laurie (Bill) McCalla, Jill (Mark) Ezuka and Jenny (Rick) Gleber; his seven grandchildren – Bella Nappo, Ryan Gleber, Alex Ezuka, Katie Gleber, Matt Ezuka, Ruby Gleber and Vicaro Nappo; and her great-granddaughter – Sophie Jones. Gyp still has two living brothers – Fred Green of Fayetteville, GA, and Bill Green of Beaufort, SC. Gyp was predeceased by four other siblings: Rev. Dr. Robert Green of Dahlonega, GA, Jean Bieder of Cornelia, GA, Joe Green of Atlanta, GA, and Carolyn Hill of Ellijay, GA.

The family will host a celebratory reception at Gyp’s home from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Gyp asks that donations be made to the Salvation Army instead of sending flowers.

Attendees are asked to adhere to public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and can be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is making arrangements.