Ernest  Haynes
Services celebrating and remembering the life of Ernest E. Haynes will be 10:00 a.m., today, December 31, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Claremore. Burial will follow, with military honors, at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens in Claremore. Ernest passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019, in Tulsa, surrounded by his family. He was 88.

Born at home in Catoosa, OK on January 6, 1931 to William "Ernest" and Susie (Johnson) Haynes, Ernest "Gene" was raised and educated in his birth community and graduated from Catoosa High School. Following graduation Ernest enlisted in the United States Navy and faithfully served his country for four years before receiving his honorable discharge. While serving in the Navy, Ernest married the love of his life, Beulah Easterling, on August 21, 1951 in Yuma, AZ. This union was gifted with three children, Gene, Andy and Jeanette. Ernest excelled at being a husband, father and grandpa. He provided for his family working as a sheet metal worker for Southern Sheet Metal and was a member of the Sheet Metal Union #270. Ernest completed his work career owning and operating his own business, Haynes Sheet Metal Fabrication.

A man that wore many hats throughout his life. Ernest served on the school board for Sequoyah Public Schools as well as the City County Board of Adjustments. A man that was proud of his Native American heritage, Ernest was awarded the Cherokee Nation Medal of Patriotism for his military service. Another passion was square dancing, and he became well known as one of the best square dance callers in Oklahoma. That designation was only solidified when Ernest was the first person inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as a square dance caller. Although he attained many achievements throughout his life, his greatest pleasure was the family farm that he and Beulah moved to in 1956. It was there that the simple things of life could put a smile on his face. He appreciated every aspect of farm life, caring for his cattle, baling hay, fixing fence and of course digging up thistle.

Family was always Ernest's first priority, he not only provided for them, but was involved in many of their activities. He was a 4-H leader and President of the Oklahoma Pinto Horse Association; where he traveled coast to coast with daughter, Jeanette, showing Pinto horses. When free time presented itself, family vacations were filled with memories. Together as a family they saw many of the national parks throughout the United States. Or that once in a life time vacation with Beulah to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. He and Beulah were members of the Foyil United Methodist Church for over 59 years. No story about Ernest would be complete unless you mentioned the rules of life he lived by and instilled in his children and family. "Follow through on anything you do, do what you say and don't owe anyone money."

This husband, father, grandfather and friend will be missed by the countless lives he has touched. Ernest is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beulah, children, Gene Haynes, Andy Haynes and Jeanette Haynes Writer and husband Vincent Larry, grandchildren, Eugene Haynes, Alex Haynes and wife Lauren, Hailey Steinmetz and husband Andy, Sierra DeLozier and husband Hayden, great grandchildren, Lukas Haynes and Brooks Steinmetz and two more on the way, sister, Junella Haynes, two nieces, Susan Thompson and Lea Ann Horton, and nephew Kyle Haynes. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Millard Haynes.

In lieu of flowers or other condolences, please consider making a donation in Ernest's name to the Cherokee Nation Language Program at P. O. Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465.

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Published on December 30, 2019


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Susan spanovich
Dec 30, 2019
My summers were always more special when I visited aunt marcie and got to spend time with gene and beulah. What I learned about farm life has helped me in so many ways. I saw him call square dances a finer man you'll never meet