William L. Hinton

Aug. 11, 1922 – July 11, 2013

William Lowery Hinton, 90, Martinsburg, a guest at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, for the past five years, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Thursday evening at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after suffering a fall on Tuesday at his residence.

He was born in Taylor Township, son of the late William E. and Carrie Mae (Provins) Hinton. As a young boy, his family then moved to the Spring Hope Farm in Martinsburg into what is now called “The Manor House” at The Village. He married Emma Jane Sleighter on Jan. 25, 1942, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, East Freedom.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 71 years, also of The Village; a son, William R. and wife, Marcia, of Hollidaysburg; a daughter, Sandra Hinton and husband, Jan Dunlap, of Greensboro, N.C.; three grandchildren: Autumn Strauss and husband, Steve, Sean Creedon and Amber Gordon and husband, Terry; four great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Stan Lehman of Altoona, who was raised in the home; dearly beloved best friends, Bill and Donata Dively of Hollidaysburg; two sisters-in-law: Ruth (Rhodes) Hinton-Hoover and Donna (Sleighter) Eckman; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: infant Homer in 1927 and Kenneth in 1978; and three sisters: Lois Lehman in 1962, Marian Dutrow in 1984 and Ruth Gordon in 1993.

Bill was a 1940 graduate of Martinsburg High School. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1945-47 and traveled to many, various parts of the world, including Vietnam, Italy, Panama, Hawaii, Europe and the Bahamas. He retired from Ward Trucking Co., Altoona, in 1986 after 34 years of service. Previous to that, he was employed at Ritchey’s Dairy, Martinsburg, the Pennsylvania Railroad and, in his youth, as a farmhand on the family farm.

He was a longtime active member of Memorial Church of the Brethren, Martinsburg, where he was appointed deacon emeritus, formerly served as church youth adviser, formerly taught the Loyal Heroes Sunday school class and formerly served on other various boards and commissions. He also formerly helped coordinate the annual Church of the Brethren Middle District Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond and assisted in 16 different disaster relief missions around the United States.

Bill was a member of Martinsburg Booster Association and the Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and a charter member of Iron Masters Country Club, rural Roaring Spring. He served as a volunteer at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, where he helped serve fundraising dinners and assisted in the construction of Acorn Cove playground. He served as chairman of the Martinsburg Salvation Army Unit and its Christmas Kettle campaign for more than 20 years. He was a delivery volunteer of Meals on Wheels in the Martinsburg area and, along with his wife, served as honorary co-chairman of the Martinsburg Area Community Fund in 2009. He was also longtime president of the board of directors of Spring Hope Cemetery Association.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Memorial Church of the Brethren, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, Susan Greenleaf and Pastor Ben Walters officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Hope Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to Martinsburg Salvation Army Unit, Memorial Church Youth Program or Morrisons Cove Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.