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Solomon David Haltiwanger, Sr., was born on November 13, 1935, to Samuel and Mable Haltiwanger in Newport News, Virginia. Solomon went home to be with the Lord on November 6, 2023, after a lengthy illness. He was the 4th of 11 children. Additionally, he was the grandson of the late Sister Lillie Young who, along with her son, Samuel, were charter members who joined the Church of God in 1919.
Solomon was reared in a Christian home, and along with his family, attended the Church of God founded by Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux and his wife, Sister Mary Eliza Pauline Michaux. He attended Sunday School, Purity Club, and Sunshine Band. As a young man, he was the personal chauffeur to senior members of the pastoral and administrative staff of the Church.
He was educated in the Newport News School System. He continued his education with the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (now Norfolk State University), where he studied automobile mechanical engineering. Later, he obtained a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Solomon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1954. He was deployed to the Mediterranean in support of the Suez Canal Crisis. He served in the Marines for 4 years.
Following his military service, he was employed with the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company where he served as a welder and senior supervisor. He retired from that company after 33 years.
In January 1961, Solomon married the love of his life, Florence Juanita Haynes. To this union were born two children: Patryce Anita and Solomon David, Jr. They were married for 56 years before her demise in 2017.
As a young man, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Later, Solomon became an evangelist who shared the gospel with his Shipyard co-workers, family, friends, and others. Many of them accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
He was an avid mechanic who enjoyed working on automobiles, boats, and heavy equipment. He built his family home and, along with his brother Samuel Oliver (Ollie), built a boat for their personal enjoyment. He and Ollie enjoyed collecting and recycling materials. Additionally, the two worked in several salvage and used auto parts businesses.
Solomon, along with his wife, were founders of the Dove Children’s Purity Club (1991-2017) on WKGM 940 AM, (yourministrystation.com) in Suffolk, Virginia. He was an avid supporter of his wife and worked with various youth and other activities in the church. He was a member of Group No. 15. He became the Head Deacon of the Newport News and Hampton Churches of God. As such, he served as administrative and logistics officer of both churches.
Solomon was predeceased by his parents, Deacon and Mrs. Samuel Haltiwanger; brothers: Howard, Oliver, and John Haltiwanger; sisters: Lillie H. Miller, May H. Byrd, and Patricia H. Manning.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Patryce (Thomas) Phillips, son, Solomon David, Jr.; 3 grandchildren: Allycia Patryce, Jourdyn Louise, and Matthew (Tyler) Phillips; 4 sisters: Mable Hill, Rhoda (Alphonso) Holt, Minerva (James) McNair; and Gardenia (Charles) Burton; In-Laws: Calvin Miller, Audrey Haynes, Amy McCoy, Mary Louise Haynes, Michael Haynes, and Barbara Haynes; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives, friends, and church family.
The Haltiwanger family ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
The family of Mr. Solomon Haltiwanger Sr., has entrusted his final care to the staff of C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.