MOUNT VERNON — William Hinton Jr., 89, of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. Junior was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Columbus to William E. and Mary (Snyder) Hinton, and was the oldest of 10 children. He grew up in Croton, Ohio, and entered the U.S. Army in 1944. He served in the Philippines for one year, and after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan he served with the occupation forces in Japan for a year being, honorably discharged in 1946. Following his discharge, Junior returned home and met the love of his life, Kathryn Violet Armstrong. They were united in marriage in 1948 and spent 65 1/2 years together.
Junior was employed at Owens Corning for a year and then at Pittsburgh Plate Glass for five years before he joined Cooper Bessemer. He was a faithful employee of Cooper Bessemer and Cooper Energy Services in Mount Vernon for 36 years.
Junior was a collector and tinkered with anything and everything, making wood engines of old hit and miss engines he collected. At one time Junior had over 2000 cigarette lighters in his collection.
He had attended the Central Church of Christ and the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple.
Junior is survived by his wife of 65 years, Kathryn (Armstrong) Hinton; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Rob Bertschy of Mount Vernon; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Lisa Hinton of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Sarah Bertschy, Mason Bertschy, Rachel (Dallas) Hammons, Jessica (Kevin) Rine and Nichole (Chris) Ebersole; four great-grandsons; his brother, Edwin (Mary) Hinton of Westerville; his sister, Barbara McGuire of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph, Dick, Willard, David and Eddie Hinton; and sisters, Margie Armstrong and Midgie Shumach.
Friends may call Monday, today, from 5-8 p.m., at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be Tuesday, at 2 p.m., with Mr. Ken Springer officiating. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, in care of the funeral home.
To send a private online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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