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Sarah Annie Garland Haynie

Sarah Annie Garland Haynie was born October 7, 1903 in Parsons, Indian Territory, now Millerton, Oklahoma. Her parents were John Arthur Garland and Quay (Whitten) Garland. Parental grandmother, Sookie LeFlore, was a small child eight years of age when she came to Indian Territory from Mississippi on the “Trail of Tears” with her parents. Sookie LeFlore’s father was Thomas LeFlore who was Chief of the Choctaws, elected in 1834, and served fro sixteen years. Annie had seven brothers and all were original enrollees. Birth dates are not available. The brothers were Garrett A., John Spencer, McCurtain Standford, Vonree Burke, Alvardo King, Freerado Bryant, and Clifford Mashulatubbee. John Spencer and Annie were the only two siblings to live to adulthood. John Spencer died in the mid 1960’s. The first three years of Annie’s education was received in Millerton. In 1912 Annie was enrolled in school at the Wheelock Academy. She remembers that she could look across the fields and see her home, but was not permitted to go home for the first three months at the academy. Thus, she spent her first Christmas away from home at the academy. From this unhappy experience came one of her fondest memories. In her words, “I remember marching down the hall of the dormitory that Christmas morning. I was one of the shortest so I was in front. We were singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” as we marched from the dormitory out to eh school building. As we entered the door, I saw the Christmas tree. It had little candles lit up all over the tree. I had never seen a Christmas tree that big. I remember that Christmas more vividly than any other Christmas. “ Annie finished the eighth grade in 1917 and had entered the ninth grade when her father’s untimely death made it necessary for her to return home to help her mother with the younger children. She later attended Tyler Business School and worked a short time for a lawyer. In 1922 she married Hershel Haynie in Garvin, Oklahoma. Ten children were born to this union. They were Clarence, August 24, 1922; Hershel Lowell, September 10, 1925; Annie Marie, January 13, 1927; John Garland, November 15, 1928; Burl Emmett, May 28, 1931; Phillip Franklin, May 4, 1933; Ross Mae, May 11, 1936; Clifton, January 14, 1939; Don Clarkson, October 4, 1940; and Roger Kent, January 20, 1946. There are twenty-two grandchildren who can proudly claim Annie as their grandmother. They are Tony and Larry Haynie, Susan (Haynie) Hartjean, Cindy (Haynie) Kelsey and Scott Walter, Lenora Ann (Jamerson) Dempsey, Robert Lee Jamerson, Betty (Jamerson) Bastible, Jesse (Jamerson) Gammon, Alvin Jamerson, Curtis and Danny Jamerson, Diana Haynie, Debra (Haynie) Little, Phillip Ray Haynie and Brenda (Haynie) Magee, Peggy Ann (Helmer) Wallace, John Mark Helmer, David Roger Helmer and Mary (Helmer) Lewis, John LeFlore Haynie and Benjamin Kent Haynie. The thirty five great grandchildren are Lauren and Shannon Haynie, Melissa Haynie, Lee Wakehouse and Tony Mundy, Sarah and Christopher Kelsey, James Edward Dempsey II, and Melissa (Dempsey) Cangley, Kimberly (Jamerson) Harrington, Clifton Lee and Shamee Jamerson, Sarah (Bastible) Dimer, Bridget (Bastible) Bond and Jimmie Bastible, Heath and Jamie Don Gammon, Brandi Lou, Daphne Sue, and Alvin Eugene Jamerson, Joe Curtis Jamerson, Tiffney Ann and Jennifer Sue Jamerson, Ashley and Kayla Earley, Christa Dawn and Jeremy Matthew Magee, Kayla and Katie Wallace, Coby and Carly Lewis, and Andrea Helmer. Annie’s great great grandchildren number eleven. They are Anna Elizabeth and Rebecca Lynn Wakehouse, Colton and Ryan Cagley, Hannah Harrington, Tabaitha, Danilee and Travis Dimer, Kayla and Kasey Bond, and Hunter Johnson. Annie and Hershel lived near Wheelock, on the 120 acres allotted her shortly after her birth, all of their married life. Hershel died May 1971 due to poor health. Don, a son purchased forty acres of the original homestead, Lenora Dempsey, a granddaughter, five acres and Robert Jamerson, a grandson, the remaining acreage. Sarah Annie Garland Haynie is certainly a gift from God to all who know her, and for her family she is a treasure that far exceeds any other wealth. To her many friends she is known very lovingly as “Miss Annie”. Annie is proud of her Choctaw heritage and takes much pride in claiming her beloved great grandfather Thomas LeFlore. She has many treasured memories relating to her heritage, but has probably suffered two of her biggest heartbreaks because her love ahs been so great. As she has watched in sadness the Wheelock Academy, which was once a lovely campus with beautiful buildings and a well-kept manicured lawn, fall into ruin and decay she simply shakes her head and whispers, “it’s a disgrace”. Her second deep sorrow was the closing of the Wheelock Presbyterian Church. She had been the pianist for almost fifty years, as well as the treasurer and Sunday school teacher. In addition she was an unofficial tour guide and so proudly opened the doors of the dearly loved historical landmark for visitors from many states. Each summer when the church members had their picnics “Miss Annie’s” chicken and dumplings, blackberry cobbler and banana pudding were always the favorites. One of the former ministers described Annie as “the cornerstone of the church”. Many honors have been awarded to Annie. She was selected McCurtain County “Mother of the Year” named Millerton’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1990 at the age of 87. In 1986 she was listed in the booklet Living Legends. This booklet honored thirty-six women for their uniqueness and the contributions they had made to the historical development of McCurtain County. Annie Haynie has lived a full life, full of love, joy, tragedy, faith, wisdom, suffering, caring, hard work, honesty and sharing. She has always shared a portion of what she did have, no matter how meager. She has always said, “If I give you something, don’t returned the favor back to me, share it with someone else, who should go on to help another person, and so on.. “ She has a very strong faith in God, a faith strong enough to believe that things will always work out for the best. The Indian Territory, Wheelock Community, McCurtain County, and the state of Oklahoma have been greatly blessed and are much richer because of the life of one Sarah Annie Garland Haynie.

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