Carl and Carol Hiner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a gathering of family and friends hosted by their children. They were married on June 22, 1962, in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater.
Both high school sweethearts graduated from C.E. Donart High School in 1961. After graduation, Carl Hiner worked as service manager at Ward Buick and Vincent Chevrolet. He later joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which took the family away from Stillwater for a brief time. Upon returning to Stillwater, the couple owned and operated Carl’s DX Service Station west of Stillwater. In 1977, He returned to law enforcement when he was recruited by Sheriff Frank Phillips to serve as a deputy. He was elected Payne County sheriff in 1984 and served the county until his retirement in 2007.
Carol Hiner worked in the OSU Public Information Office while attending OSU. In 1963, she chose to remain home to raise their children. During this time, she kept books for their service station and was involved in the children’s activities as well as sewing, gardening, and cake decorating. She returned to work outside the home as a teacher’s aide in 1977 and to OSU the following year where she spent 10 years with University Publications and four years as associate editor for the Centennial Histories Project. After the project was completed in 1992, Carol worked at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech until her retirement in 2009.
The couple has five children: Randy Hiner, Stillwater; Carla Harnly and husband Mark, Stillwater; Caryn Bailey and husband Kenny of Elgin; Melissa Eason and husband Mike of McKinney, TX; and Mindy Hesser and husband Jeff of Hendrix. They have with eight grandchildren: Kyle Hiner and wife Shaunalynn of Robinson, Texas; Eric Hiner, Stillwater; Dylan and Anna Harnly, Stillwater; Taylor Bailey, Elgin; Emily and Will Eason, McKinney, Texas; and Paige Hesser, Hendrix.