A Celebration of the Life of Carolyn Joyce Haygood
Our beloved mother, Carolyn Joyce Wilson-Haygood entered the Lord’s Kingdom on Friday, September 9, 2022, after her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Carolyn was born to Joe Wilson and Bertha Townsend on February 28, 1946, in Chattanooga, TN. She attended Shortridge High School and graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1964. Carolyn met and married William T. Haygood, Sr. in January of 1968 in Indianapolis. They later moved into what is called the “Central House” and would happily live out their lives. Carolyn raised her children with an emphasis on being strong minded, independent and spoke on the importance of an education. She herself earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1981 with Certifications in Management and Accounting. Additionally, Carolyn earned her CPA in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Butler University graduating magna cum laude in 1988 all while beginning her professional career. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
In January 1981, Carolyn joined Detroit Diesel Allison (General Motors Division) as a “College Graduate Financial Coordinator”. She quickly ascended to more experienced and senior managerial roles within the company. Carolyn retired from Detroit Diesel Allison in 2012.
Carolyn loved to read novels and magazines. She enjoyed family holiday gatherings, movies, short trips, collecting artwork, the blues, chocolate almond ice cream, a good cheeseburger and expressed her advocacy for her “people”.
Carolyn Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, William Haygood, Sr., father, Joe Wilson, mother, Bertha Townsend, son, Carlton Haygood, Sr., brother, Cornell Wilson, Sr., grandson, Carlton Haygood, Jr. and nephew, Cornell Wilson, Jr.
Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Stephanie and Simone Haygood, sons, William (Bill) Haygood, Jr. (Tracie) Michael Haygood, David Haygood, Paul Haygood (Pamela), brothers, Larry Wilson (Florence), Riley Wilson (Morzel), grandsons, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Haygood, Jr, Brandon Haygood, Aaron Haygood, David Haygood, Jr. (Shannette), Joshua Bailey, Noah Haygood, Nolen Haygood, Nicholas Haygood granddaughters, Dawn Haygood, Daffinee Smith, Tyler Haygood, Shelby Haygood, Sydney Haygood, Dannette Haygood, Allison Pierce, Ashley Haygood, Amber Haygood, Kennedy Haygood, Sylvia Haygood, Lindsay Gaither and Payton Haygood, nieces, Terrie Spencer, Paula Guyton, Kelly Owens (Lamar), Keisa Wilson, CJ Wilson, nephews, Darrell Downing and Larry Wilson, Jr. (Summer).
Carolyn Joyce Haygood was also blessed with 19 great grandchildren. We all will cherish her memory.