Leroy George Hinton, 89 years and 25 days, of Houston, Mo., passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.
Leroy was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Raymondville, Mo., to Walter Dallas and Minerva Louise (Price) Hinton. He was the youngest of six children. He married Virginia “Jackie” Pearl Barton on Feb. 2, 1952, in Salem, Ark. They had two sons, Micheal and Gregory.
He went to work at the age of 17 at his dad’s sawmill. He was always in the logging and lumber business. Leroy owned and operated a sawmill in various locations around Texas County. He enjoyed working with his sons, Micheal and Greg. He retired in April 2000. Leroy was able to enjoy retirement by mowing Boone Creek Cemetery along with a few other mowing jobs. He continued to mow until 2014 when his health started to decline.
Leroy was saved and baptized on May 31, 1993. That day was a dream of his from a young age.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Kenneth Hinton, Alene Kirkman, Fern Miller, Jean Brown and Glenn Hinton; and his son, Micheal Hinton.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie of the home; a son, Greg Hinton and wife, Loretta, of Raymondville, Mo.; three granddaughters, Brandy Mullins and husband, Tommie, of Conway, Ark., Bo Hinton of Ashland, Mo., and Chelsea Hinton of Raymondville, Mo.; three great-grandchildren, Hannah and Ava Mullins and Elexis Drury; his in-laws, Norma Hinton of Houston, Mo., Lola McCall of Texas, Lawrence and Ethel Brown of Valley Park, Mo.; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.
Some of Leroy’s fondest memories was chasing after Greg. He loved driving Greg, Bryan Gentry and Wyn Baker around and hearing all their tales. Leroy enjoyed visiting with people. He loved to stay busy, whether it was fixing something or tinkering with his toy trucks and trains. He and Jackie enjoyed fishing trips with the family and had many hours of fun playing dominos. He loved his family, his grandchildren were the light of his life and his great-grandchildren were very special to him.
He will be missed. Leroy enjoyed his life and was ready to meet Jesus.
Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Community Crossroads Church with Pastor Dorvan Stringer officiating. Burial followed in Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Larry Miller, Dean Clover, Johnny Wildhaber, Larry Wildhaber, Jerry Spencer and Gene Odle.
The family respectfully suggests that donations be made in his honor to Texas County Hospice of Care, in lieu of floral arrangements. To send an online condolence, please go to www.evansfh.com.