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.