On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Macy Ella Sims Haynie mercifully left this world of time to live forever in eternity. Her strong spirit will be missed by many. Her passing reminds us that life is uncertain, but death is sure.
Macy Ella was born into time on May 17, 1921, in Bluff City, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Tidwell and Ethel Holliman Sims. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a tender age and united with St. John Baptist Church. Those she touched and those who knew her witnessed her love for God. She was a believer in “treating others, as you would have them to treat you”.
Being raised in a large family of eight in those days, education became secondary; while surviving was primary. Like so many others she had to help her mother with her siblings. Macy was smart and ingenious. She learned from the land and possessed a strong work ethic. She picked cotton, was an impeccable housekeeper, and mastered babysitting.
Macy married Finis Haynie and the lord added to their union eight children. In raising eight children cooking became second nature. She was a soul food “boiling pots” cooking type of woman. She was a proud mother and made several sacrifices to ensure that children and grandchildren always had what they needed. She always wore a beautiful smile and would offer words of encouragement if she felt the person was in need. She not only “talked the talk”, she “walked the walk.” Macy has truly the foundation of her family and has left her family a legacy of LOVE.
Family gatherings and being with her grandchildren were always a source of joy. Throughout her life she was a devoted and committed mother, wife, daughter, sister, loving grandmother, aunt, faithful and trusted friend. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Finis Haynie; three sons, Finis Lee Haynie, Lee Artis Haynie, and Artis Lee Haynie; two daughters, Arlean Sorrells and Bertha Martin; her sister, Gracie Sims and six brothers, Troy Sims, Roy Sims, Mose Sims, Dan Sims, Curley Sims and Ezra Sims.
Because love is greater than death, her memory will live in the hearts of: her three daughters, Clara (Earnest) Purifoy of Prescott, AR, Gennie Haynie of Prescott, AR, and Bertha Mae Sorrells of Prescott, AR; one brother, Orlin Sims of Rockford, IL; twenty-nine grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren nieces, nephews and other relatives.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” II Corinthians 13:11-14
Public visitation will be held on Friday, June 20th from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Celebration services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st at St. John Baptist Church in Bluff City, Arkansas. Rev. Wallace Ingram will render words of comfort. The committal service and final resting place will be in St. John Cemetery in Bluff City