Rev. Annie Mae Hinson, longtime resident of Noma and Graceville, went to her heavenly home early on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Rev. Hinson was 107 years of age. She Born on Dec. 5, 1906 to the late Thomas G. Keith and Alor Edwards Keith. The Rev. Hinson was called into ministry early in her marriage and preached her first sermon in 1939 in a "brush arbor" revival. She became the founding pastor of this new congregation named New Post Oak Assembly of God Church. Her husband, the Rev. Huey H. Hinson followed her into ministry four or five years later. Together they served Assembly of God churches in Noma, Esto, Vernon and Southport and Slocomb, Geneva, Taylor and Harford, Ala. Prior to her death, she was the oldest licensed Assembly of God minister in the United States. The Rev. Hinson was very musically talented, playing the piano often for church and family even after her vision was greatly diminished. She also played organ, guitar, accordion and mandolin and was a great source of encouragement to her grandchildren to pursue their talents. The family extends great appreciation to Covenant Hospice Care of Marianna and the staff of Signature Healthcare of NW Florida for their generous care of "Sister Hinson" over the last year.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, the Rev. Huey H. Hinson; granddaughter, Marti Hinson Schuerman; sisters, Hattie Hodges, Clara Brown and Sue Fleming and brother, Carlos Keith.
She is survived by sons, Randall Hinson and wife Martha, Charlie Hinson and wife Elaine; five grandchildren, Terri Turner (John), Randall Hinson, Jr., Donna Temple (Mike), Larry Hinson (Kristi) and Mike Hinson (Cheri); 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and beloved friends.
To celebrate her life, services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday morning, March 13th at the Noma Assembly of God Church where she was a longtime member. The Rev. Tommy Moore, Superintendent of NW Florida District Assemblies of God, her son the Rev. Charlie Hinson and pastor the Rev. Daryl Messer will be officiating. A Graveside service followed at the Noma City Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., at James & Lipford Funeral Home, 5390 Cotton Street, Graceville Florida. James & Lipford Funeral Home of Graceville is in charge of funeral arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be made online at http://www.jamesandlipford.com/