Jeri Sue (Pepper) Haynes was born December 19, 1954 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Jerry Lee Pepper and Wanda Sue Bollinger Pepper.
Married Larry Don Haynes on September 1, 1973 in Warren, Arkansas, we lived in many places over the years, but made our home in Gerty, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her father Jerry Lee Pepper, her mother Wanda Sue Pepper, her brother Clifford Lee Pepper and sister Vicki Lynn Perkins.
Susie Haynes (Gram) is my best friend, my wife, my sweetheart, my soulmate, my work mate in life. She is a mother, a grandmother and a greatgrandmother.
She was the first female fire fighter on the Gerty VFD handling dispatch and coordinating help; and a strong community supporter of Gerty Pie Suppers and fundraisers for the Gerty Christmas Tree.
She worked as a bank teller, store keeper, office manager at Allen Campers, and payroll clerk for the city of Ada retiring from there with health issues. (All this time she was keeping house and raising strong children and grandchildren and building a home for all.)
For the past several years she lived with constant pain in her back, but she went and did as much as she could for all that needed help. She loved everyone, judged no one and believed in second chances.
She passed away during the night November 11, 2020 suffering and dealing with severe pain but managed to love every one of us.
I was lucky enough to fall totally in love with my high school sweetheart. We were in love for 49 years and married for 47 years.
I fell for her in school, watching her from the hall when she was in math class. She was the prettiest girl in school. She had just moved to Cali from Texas. She wore dresses to school when others didn’t and still had her cute Texas drawl. It took me weeks of flirting until she finally agreed to come to a football game and dance with me.
From then on we spent every minute we could with each other. Only time apart was military duty, the longest two deployments first 1975 to Italy and she was pregnant, The second in 2008 to Iraq.
Susie is survived by children Stephanie Dohlman and husband David of Allen, Danny Haynes and wife Donna of Krebs, and Lacy Williamson and husband Randy of Gerty; grandchildren Meghan Detherow, Meysa Dohlman, Madison Dohlman, Caitlin Willie and husband Brandon, Payton Haynes and wife Autumn, Allison Merrifield, Breanna Haynes, Amanda Autrey and husband Daniel, and Trent Fronterhouse; great-grandchildren Creek Detherow, Hailey Stephan, Landyn Willie, Raelyn Willie, Ansley Willie, Langston Haynes, Riggin Haynes, Zaiden Brooks, Brooklyn Autrey, Spencer Autrey, Makayla Autrey, Olivia Autrey, and Bentley Autrey; sister-inlove Mary Ann Starkey and the late Bob Starkey; and aunt Nancy Weimer and husband Bob. Susie is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews and more friends than we can mention.
Funeral service was 2:00 pm Monday, November 16 th , at Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville with Brother Earl Scroggins officiating. Interment followed at Gerty Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Doug Peay, David Peay, Skip Powell, Vince Tatum, Dennis Cassell and Shane Wainscott. Honorary pallbearers were David Wayne Byrd, Shelton Tatum, Virgil Walker, Tommy Peay, Bruce Ragsdale and Jonathan Walden.
Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville, OK