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David Heyward  

David Heyward, age 76, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Friday night, February 9, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family. David was born on May 3, 1941 in Charleston, SC, where he was raised before moving to the Bronx, New York, and eventually settling in Delaware in 1989.

David graduated from Burke High School (Class of 1959) in Charleston and received a football scholarship for college which he graciously declined in order to help take care of his siblings. While in New York, David worked for AT & T and Con Edison. He retired after many years of hard work from Delmarva Power in Delaware.

An avid sports fan, David loved to cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys. You could often find him in the kitchen cooking and baking for his family and friends, and people near and far know his macaroni and cheese and chocolate chip cookies. He believed God called him to feed many in his community, and he certainly had a gift for it. David had an extraordinary heart for others and loved to serve his family and friends. He opened his house to everyone and many found a home and a father figure in him. He was affectionately referred to as “pops” and “uncle” by many who grew to love him, and his impact will be incredibly missed. David found his strength in the Lord and was hard-working, concerned for others, and full of positive energy until the very end of his life.

In addition to his parents, David Heyward and Annabel (Coaxum) Davis, David was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Joy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Jannifa Jan-Heyward; 3 children: Troy, Tracey, and David Ijaz Jan (Courtney); 5 grandchildren: Jessica, Troy, Mark, David Ijaz IV, and Ezekiel; great-granddaughter, Tristan; brother: Carl (Marion); and many brothers and sisters in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Delaware (FBCDE): 901 East Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720. There will be a viewing at 2 pm and a service at 3 pm, followed by dinner. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the FBCDE Food Pantry in his honor.

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  1. Tina Ramsey, February 12, 2018

    We are going to miss Uncle so much. He was the best neighbor anybody could ask for. Thank you for opening your home to Jimmy all of these years. I know he always loved being around you. Rest in peace Uncle. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim, Tina & Jimmy (JJ) Ramsey

  2. Nissar and Lornetta Jan, February 12, 2018

    David touched the lives of all who came into contact with him. He will be surely missed for his words of encouragement and love. May the Lord grant him a place in paradise.
    Rest in Heaven Dear Brother-in-Law. Until we meet again.

  3. Misti Haley, February 12, 2018

    David was a very special man that I know will be missed by so many. We are praying for all of you! He made THE BEST chocolate chip cookies ever! I wish we could be there to celebrate David with all of you.

  4. Major, February 12, 2018

    I’m so thankful to have met him when Courtney and DJ got married. I remember laughing in the kitchen with him and Jannifa as they made tea for us in the morning. I’m declaring the peace and joy of the Lord for the entire family, as they rest in the good news that David is dwelling with the Lord.


  5. MARIBEL Cardona, February 12, 2018

    Rest In Peace my friend! We were all truly blessed to have crossed paths! Our prayers are with each and everyone who knew and loved Pops/Uncle David! We celebrate you Mr. David!

    God’s blessing and prayers for all!

  6. Indra Jan, February 12, 2018

    JJ I am so sorry for your loss! XOXO

  7. Chandradeo (Bella) Ramoutar, February 12, 2018

    To the Hayward family,my deepest sympathy and condolence God blessed ,stay strong
    From the Ramoutar Family

  8. Nerissa Jan, February 12, 2018

    Will truly miss you Uncle David. Love Nerissa and family

  9. Rose spinelli, February 12, 2018

    Loved his collar greens

  10. Patricia Reid-Trent, February 12, 2018

    I am lost for words regarding the fitting words I want to use to express the deep sadness I feel about the loss of such a special human being. He was warm, loving and considerate to everyone. I have fond memories of the many get together of family and friends at his house that was always so great and the food was always so enjoyable. He loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest especially when his team (THE DALLAS COWBOYS) were playing and winning. His life was his family -A True Family Man he was and there was nothing more important to him than his family. His face lit up when he talked to me about Jannifa and David and more recently the new grand babies.

    To his family please know that you are all in my prayers and I know for sure that the wonderful memories that you have shared during his life will get you through this very difficult time and he will remain with you forever. God bless and keep you all and He will see you through with your faith and trust in Him..

  11. Kenny Foster, February 12, 2018

    Dave was a good friend to me and my family He was there for me through the good times and the bad times , He live across the street from me , every wendnesday or Thursday he could call me and say come get your lunch ,He did this for 20 years , I was like wow that a good person , then when he got sick this year I payed him back ,every week I would bring him food , last wendnesday he said do not bring me no more food , I smiled and said ok , Dave Iam going to miss you Dave thank you intill we meet again ,

  12. Reese & Dolores Foster, February 12, 2018

    We are going to miss Dave. He always was glad to see us when we came back to Wilmington Manor. Our son lives across the street from Dave and Jenny. He always made our sons lunch on his days off. I will miss now hearing him call across the street “hello darling, how was your trip”. Rest in peace good friend.

    Prayers are with your family.

    Reese and Dolores Foster
    Montrose, Pa.

  13. Yvonne Hall, February 12, 2018

    David was my first cousin but when my brother was killed David said to me don’t worry about nothing I’m here for you. I’m your brother now. He was truly a great person so much love and words of encouragement all the time even when he was not feeling his best he found energy to encourage you. I’m going to miss him but I know he’s still with me because he is my Angel. Until we meet again May My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you always. Rest In Peace my brother. ❤️

  14. Dane kissoondath, February 12, 2018

    You are going to be truly missed, never forgotten. Rest in peace uncle until we meet again. Bo always talking about how good your cookies are. We love you

  15. William L. Derrickson, February 12, 2018

    Heartfelt condolences to the Heyward family in the passing of Dave. Great guy. An angel gone home. He will be sorely missed. Dave took care of his neighbors regularly ensuring we all had a plate of food or a safe house for the kids until parents could get home. God bless the Heyward family as they mourn their loss.

  16. Joyce Ministero-Kreider, February 13, 2018

    Dear Jenny & DJ,
    I can not express how sorry I am to hear of David,s passing , we had no idea his cancer was so advanced. Kenny and I would have surely visited. David was one of the biggest hearts I have ever know. I know he will be greatly , greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace David.

    Joyce ,Kenny Kreider , Cole also sends his condolences from San Deigo

  17. Mary Ellen Hayden, February 13, 2018

    Jannifa and family,

    So very sorry for your loss. David was such a caring and loving person to all. He truly demonstrated the love of Christ to others. We will miss him so very much. Please know that our hearts , prayers and love are with you and please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help at any time.

  18. Windell T Lawrence, February 14, 2018

    I am sadden and baffle of the loss of my homeboy, we were always there for each other. My best friend. We played football, we dated good friends at Burke School. I was his best man in his first wedding, it’s more to it than I am writing about. I am at a tremendous loss. I hope his family well. I hope all of the friends we knew, remember what a great and loving guy he was.

  19. Michele Fontana, February 15, 2018

    Dear Jen and DJ,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. David was by far one of the best man I’ve ever met in my life. His kindness generosity and overwhelming energy will surely be missed by myself and my children. He certainly had the ability to cook up amazing dishes and feed the neighborhood at the numerous parties that he held. My children and I always had a wonderful time when we were over there spending time with your family and the rest of our neighbors. He will truly be missed by a lot of people. Please be assured that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With all our love,
    Michele Fontana and Children

  20. michelle kreider, February 16, 2018

    to one of the best friends I I have had I will miss you you were my rock and always there to support me will always love you your friend forever michelle

  21. The Ahamad Family, February 16, 2018

    Janifa and Family,

    There is another Angel in Heaven.

    Our brother David is now with the Church Triumphant…Praise God!

    May the comfort of God be with you during this difficult time.

    You are always in our prayers and thoughts.

    In Christ.

  22. Simone Rudd, February 16, 2018

    I will never forget this energetic gentleman. His heart was very big. His love was encompassing. I was glad that I got to spend time with David and to see him before he left us. Love you much Jan, DJ and Courtney and the family. I will cherish the memories for a lifetime (put on the socca and let’s dance)!

    All my love,

  23. Dawn Marable-Fields, February 20, 2018

    My deepest condolences to Troy, Tracey, Jessica and Lil’ Troy. My prayers are with you during this time of sorry. Love you guys,


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