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John Edward Hinton Jr. passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017. John was born December 5, 1932 at The Hinton Ranch in the Prairie Valley Community north of Nocona, TX to Ed and Ollie Morris Hinton. After graduating from Prairie Valley High School in 1951, he attended college in Arlington and worked as a seismograph operator in the East Texas Region. He joined the U.S. Air Force in March, 1953. After basic training in San Antonio, he married Carol Tucker from Spanish Fort, TX and was sent to Gary Air Force Base in San Marcos, TX for helicopter maintenance school. After training, he was chosen to stay at the school as an instructor. The school was moved to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX in 1956 where he finished his tour of duty as an instructor and was discharged in 1957 when he returned home to the ranch. John was honored in 1972 at the State Fair of Texas as having the Hinton Ranch in his family for 100 years. John was well known as an expert at that time on Ford Mechanics and often received calls to diagnose trouble.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carol Tucker Hinton, sister-in-law Barbara Kelly and husband J.C., special nephew, Ray Sappington and wife Amy and daughters, Erika and Marlowe all of Valley View, TX, brother-in-law, W.R. Tucker and wife Patti of Nocona, TX, niece, Cheryl McDonald and son Tucker McDonald of Little Elm, TX, Nephew Jeff Tucker and wife LeAnn and daughter Elinor, and LeAnn's sons, Nicolas and Garrett of Denton, TX, two cousins, Isla Faye Floyd and Sue Kern both of Oklahoma City, OK.
Preceding him in death was a son, James Grayson Hinton and parents, Ed and Ollie Hinton.
John served 9 years on the Nocona Hospital Board and he helped with the planning of the new hospital building and securing the doctors. He also served on the nominating committee at Cooke County Electric for a number of years. He was always available to his neighbors and friends for help with cattle or mechanics. John loved to hunt in Wyoming and Colorado Mountains. He could be found in the fall there with friends. He was well known for his love of square dancing and Bob Wills music. Upon retirement in 1999, John & Carol spent summers in South Fork, CO and visited 48 states before settling in Nocona.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 6 - 7 P.M. at Jerry Woods Funeral Home Chapel in Nocona. John's funeral will be Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Nocona under the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home. The burial will follow in Nocona Cemetery. Ministers Lew Lobban & Donny Haywood will be officiating. Pallbearers will be: Tom Lobban, Jimmy Kennedy, Steve Pickens, Ken Baccus, Glen Seay, and Jack McGaughy. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Pete Wigglesworth, Ben Hill, Bob Booth, Ted McNabb, Condal Lowry, Jerry Duckworth, and Robert Fenoglio.
Published on August 17, 2017
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