Caval G Haylett Jr.

September 9, 1997 ~ March 10, 2016 (age 18)


The day after scoring 21 points in the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Exceptional Senior Game, Caval G. Haylett, Jr. transitioned from this earth into eternity on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

The loving son of Caval Haylett, Sr. and Cathis Johnson, Caval was born September 9, 1997 and attended elementary, middle and high school in the Poughkeepsie City School District. He was passionate about basketball, playing three seasons with the Poughkeepsie Pioneers Varsity team and was this season’s leading scorer.  He loved his teammates and coaches and appreciated the challenges of being a student-athlete. Caval, a high school senior, anticipated attending college and had great interests from many Division III and junior colleges.

Caval was a diverse individual, who could speak on an array of topics from hip hop to humanitarian issues. His coach recalls conversations in which he expressed his desire to help people after graduation.

In addition to his athletic achievements, Caval was an honor roll student and he excelled in English Language Arts.


Caval was very much loved by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. He was #5 on the court but will always be #1 in the hearts of family, friends and those he touched!


He is survived by his parents Caval Haylett, Sr., Hudson, NY and Cathis Johnson (fiancé Stacy Dixon), Poughkeepsie, NY; brothers and sisters: Cattrell Haylett, Cavasha Haylett, Casheem Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Jr., Quandesha Johnson, , Latoya Johnson, Tyshon Johnson, Mariyah Johnson, Diamond Dixon, Lastacia Dixon, Marquese Dixon all of Poughkeepsie, NY, Trevor Johnson, Kingston, NY, Quianna Brown, Tanazia Brown, Valeia Brown, Zhanea Brown, Jahdeen Brown all of Hudson, NY and Cavon Linder of South Carolina; maternal grandparents, Elsie Glenn, Schenectady, NY & Larry Johnson, Poughkeepsie, NY, and paternal grandparents, Maurice Haylett & Paulete Garett of Spanish Town, Jamaica; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, educators and friends.


Visitation will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 9 am – 11 am at Beth-El Church of God in Christ, 91 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY followed by a Homegoing Celebration at 11 am.  Pastor Dwight A. Hunt will be officiating.  Interment will take place at Rural Cemetery, 342 South Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, 39 South Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 (845 452-1840). Please visit to send online condolences.

Memorial donations can be made to Cathis Johnson, 159 Washington St., Apt. 2-1A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.


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March 15, 2016

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Celebration of Life
March 15, 2016

11:00 AM

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