Clay Hinkle (1936 - 2013)

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R. Clay Hinkle

R. Clay Hinkle, age 76 of Murfreesboro, passed away at his home Saturday, January 5, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil E. and Agnes Hinkle; brothers, Howard and Clarence, and sisters, Kathleen Duffer, Reba Young and Ada Karr.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Rader Hinkle; brothers, Glen (Barbara) Hinkle and Lloyd (Peggy) Hinkle; a sister, Florence (Jr.) Coleman, along with several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. His two best friends, that gave him unconditional love as they chased squirrels, Puddles and Dixie.

Clay truly walked daily with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A true American patriot, he carried a copy of the constitution in his shirt pocket. Clay was a devoted son, brother, husband and friend.

He never met a stranger, loved to play pranks on his neighbors and co-workers. He enjoyed golfing, working in his garden and was a Kentucky Colonel. Clay and Charlene moved to Nashville in 1984 when he was given a position with Heil Quaker Corporation. In 1997, they relocated to Murfreesboro.

In life, Clay's philosophy was to "Always pay it forward" and "Preach Christ every day and use words if you must".

Charlene wishes to thank Dr. Richard Meyer, Heritage Medical Center, Rutherford County Sheriff's Department, Rutherford County Rescue Squad and Woodfin Funeral Home.

Visitation with the family is Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the time of Memorial services beginning at 11 a.m., at Franklin Road Baptist Church, with Dr. Mike Norris officiating.

The family requests memorials be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle and West Tennessee, 95 White Bridge Road, Suite 215, Nashville, TN 37205; or Special Kids, 202 Arnette Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Woodfin Funeral Chapel
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 893-5151
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Published in The Daily News Journal on Jan. 13, 2013
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