John Cole Haynie

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of Investigator John Cole Haynie, who died Saturday after a month-long illness.

Haynie will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at the First Baptist Church of Conyers. An open viewing will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Those who cannot attend are invited to another to be held directly before the funeral services on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A candlelight vigil in his memory was planned for Tuesday night.

Haynie was an eight-year veteran with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Haynie joined the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on Jan.  3, 2012 as a detention deputy in the Jail Division. He was promoted to a certified sheriff’s deputy on March 21, 2014, after successful completion of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) mandate academy. Haynie served in the Uniform Patrol Division for five years, first as a patrol deputy and later as a Special Investigations Unit Gang investigator. He was most recently transferred to the Judicial Services Division in 2019 where he served as a fugitive investigator.

“We have lost a brother, a friend, a husband, and a servant of our community,” said Sheriff Eric Levett in a Facebook post. “And with that, we mourn... the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office sends our deepest thoughts and prayers to Cole’s family.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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