Willie T Haynie 1926 – 2010

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as a Fl ‘cracker.. early 50’s

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Willie Thomas “Bill” Haynie

The W.T. Haynie Family

Elaine, Janis, Tom, Mom (Marie), Kristi

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and with a simple ‘Amen,’ folks lingered; some took pictures; others mumbled a few polite words, and then they left.

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Quickly dispensing of our suits, Gray (grandson) and I helped Dad into ‘the-saddle’ for his final ride,

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– and then we covered the trail of a true ‘character’

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when its family, you’re there till the end (Janis)….

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Losing a father is never on the top of anyone’s list – in my own way I find comfort in one of the few places that he and I shared and spent extended time together – riding old highways as he ’ciphered-out’ our surroundings – Dad was real good at ‘figurin’ things out.

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He would wipe the inside of the windshield (defroster didn’t work) with his handkerchief, mix ketchup with his eggs and grits, ’sop up the gravy’ from the skillet with a piece of bread, he liked cornbread and butter-milk, he could tell you the history of a truck from just walking around it, he would unbuckle his britches in front of anyone (during conversation) to tuck his shirt-tail in (no big deal), he rolled his Prince-Albert cigarettes while driving (his elbows on the steering wheel) and coughed as hard as he worked.  He was just ‘Dad,’ that’s how we knew him – he “was what he was.”

I guess life is like a highway, another place with a good seat to appreciate whats right there in front of us, an opportunity to acknowledge others as we pass, a place to remember – and a time to move on.

bye Dad, and thanks for the ride.   – “uddddnnnnnn.”


(story about that pickup)

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4 thoughts on “Willie T Haynie 1926 – 2010

  1. Great pictures to honor dad. You look like your dad, but there is something about the nose that is different. I just can’t put my finger on it………….

  2. sorry tom, wish i could be there for you like you were there for me. i am soooo glad you got to have a great visit last time with your car. you wrote how you really suprized him and had a great trip cherish that moment. i am sure he is proud of you and your accomplishments. as am i. let me know if you need anything other then prayer. i would cook for you but it would be cold by the time you got it. katie

  3. thanks for your thoughts, they mean alot. its all pretty much been a controlled ordeal to this point. My Dad always looked at things as ‘facts and dealt with them (as far as we know ) with little to no emotions – so it goes – lots of feelings yet to sort out.

    I’m sure that it will catch up to me on one of those quiet kayak floats or back road rides.

  4. tom-
    great pics. i needed to see those. sure wish i could have been there to celebrate his life with family. hope to see you all soon. love to the family-
    matt

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