NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Burton Lloyd Hainline died peacefully of natural causes at the home of his daughter in Columbia, SC January 29, 2014. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Mr. Hainline was 86 years old. A California native, Mr. Hainline was born and grew up in San Francisco before settling in Burlingame, CA. A graduate of Burlingame High School (class of '44), Mr. Hainline subsequently enlisted in the United States Navy at 17, serving as a gunner's mate third-class on Guam before being honorably discharged in 1946 and enrolling at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration (class of '52), after which he re-enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany during its post-war reconstruction. After returning to the States, Mr. Hainline earned a Master's degree in journalism from Stanford University (class of '54). Beginning his journalism career in 1955 as a reporter for The Fresno Bee, Mr. Hainline served in that capacity until moving to Bakersfield in 1957, where he worked as an AM radio news reporter. That same year, Mr. Hainline met his future wife, Mary Teresa Battisti. In 1958, the two were united in holy matrimony at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bakersfield and were married for the next 50 years until Mary's death in 2008 following a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. In 1964, the Hainlines relocated from Bakersfield to Santa Rosa, California, where Mr. Hainline served as city manager for the next four years. In 1968, the family moved to Napa, where Mr. Hainline continued in public service, working in city government until 1970, when he was hired as a labor relations specialist by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pleasanton, CA. Transferring from Pleasanton to Reno, NV in 1972, then to Dublin, GA in 1977, and finally, to Augusta, GA in 1982, Mr. Hainline retired from the VA in 1997, settled in North Augusta, SC, and lived there for the next 15 years. He is survived by one son, David (wife, Candie) residing in Baytown, TX; two daughters, Amy (Kalispell, MT) and Suzannah (husband, Dean) of Columbia; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and oldest son, Chris. A memorial service for family members and close friends will be held Wednesday evening, 6:00 PM, February 5 at House of Frames and Paintings Gallery, 2828 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2014