Freddie Louise “Sug” Walker Haynes was born in Ashland, Louisiana, Jan. 20, 1924. At a very early age she was given the nickname “Sug” by her baby brother and it stayed with her throughout her life. She knew early on that O. H. Haynes Jr. would be the love of her life. They secretly married her junior year, while she was attending Minden High School and he was attending Louisiana State Normal School, now Northwestern State University. Their marriage was not made public until they announced her as “Freddie Louise Haynes” when she walked across the stage to get her high school diploma.
Her motto throughout life was faith, family, friends.
She was a long-standing member of First Baptist Church of Minden and devoted 30 years to teaching Sunday School. Up until this year, she served at vacation bible school. She was active in WMU, serving as president for five years. When the church initially underwent remodel, she was a big part of the planning committee, even helping design the family life center.
While she was an integral part of her church family, her most important role was matriarch of the Haynes family. It was a long-standing tradition, that all Haynes’s could be found at “Suggies” every Sunday after church. They were taught to tell each other that they loved each other every day, and if they couldn’t say it every day then at least, every other day.” She always said, next to GOD family comes first. Loyalty to family was paramount, all for one and one for all no matter what. She led by example and walked through life the perfect model of grace and dignity. This was validated when she recognized as Minden’s Woman of the Year 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Lesca Walker, her husband O. H. Haynes Jr, sons Freddie and Jerry Haynes and great-grandson Stanton Haynes. Sug is survived by her sons O. H. Haynes, III (Lil’ O.H.) and wife Debbie; Gary and wife Sarah; and daughter-in-law Angie Haynes. Grandchildren are Hank Haynes and wife Dana; Jeff Haynes and wife Tina; Dakota Haynes; Elizabeth (Beth) Haynes of Baton Rouge; Nicole Lundy and husband Scott of Dayton, Ohio; Darby Stewart and husband Jonathan of Baton Rouge; Amber Mandino and husband Wesley; Ronnie Leazer and wife Michelle of Frisco, Texas; Angel Haynes; J. W. Haynes and wife Madison of Bossier City; Walker Haynes; Whittney Haynes. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Heather Smalley and her husband Daniel; Coltan Haynes and wife Claudia; Hollan and Hadley Haynes; Hayden Haynes; Emerson Haynes; Garrett and Kate Lundy; Emery and Avery Stewart; Haynes and Maddox Mandino; Lauren and Hazel Leazer; Ava, Aubreigh, L. J., and Avereigh; Bella, Laela, and Harlow; and two great-great-grandchildren Dayton and Ella Smalley.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Hank, Jeff, Dakota, J.W., and Walker Haynes; and great-grandchildren Coltan and Hayden Haynes; and Haynes Mandino. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Joe Parker, Carl Shaw, Dennis McClure, Mike Brewer, Don Ratcliff, Butch Williams, Willard McClung and First Baptist Church SonRisers.
Visitation for Mrs. Haynes will be Friday, Aug. 18 at Rose Neath Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m. Services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Minden. Graveside to follow at Minden Cemetery.
The Haynes family would like to give special thanks to: the employees of Town and Country nursing home; Aimee Hospice; Minden Medical Center; Brint Fegley, DNP; Dr. Jennifer Lee; and Shelia Bell.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Minden, New Building Fund or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.