Kenneth Raburn Hinson, 81, St. Clair, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by the love of his family.
Ken, son of the late Floyd Augustus Hinson and wife Ethel Lorena, nee Palmer, was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Lonedell. He was united in marriage to Stella Mae Brown Aug. 14, 1952. Eight children came to bless this union.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Augustus and Ethel Lorena Hinson; one daughter, Susan Jane Hinson; and three brothers, Fred Hinson, Connie Hinson and Floyd "Junior" Hinson.
He is survived by his wife, Stella Hinson, St. Clair; two sons, Doug Hinson and wife Martha, and Bill Hinson and wife Debbie, all of St. Clair; five daughters, Beverly Snyder and husband Dr. Scott, Roswell, N.M., Jackie Kitson and husband Keith, Lisa Fisher, and Jennifer Erbes and husband Bryant, all of St. Clair, and Christina Alfermann and husband Gary, Washington; four brothers, Donald Hinson and wife Marie, Union, Neil Hinson and wife Lola, Robert Hinson and wife Loretta, and Bernard Hinson, all of St. Clair; one sister, Betty Mae Davis and husband Lawrence, St. Clair; two sisters-in-law, June Hinson, Raymondville, and Deanna Hinson, St. Clair; two foster brothers, Howard Sanders and wife Jan, Seibring, Fla., and John Briscoe, St. Clair; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great -nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Ken was a devoted Christian and active member and deacon of First Baptist Church, St. Clair. He lived a Christian life and shared his faith with many, who in turn came to know the Lord. The youth of the church knew him as the "Tootsie Roll Grandpa," as he gave all the kids Tootsie Rolls when they arrived at church. He was a member of Easter Lodge 575, A.F. and A.M., having been initiated June 23, 1964, passed Aug. 22, 1964, and raised Nov. 21, 1964. He was proud to have served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army
, entering July 31, 1952, and receiving his honorable discharge July 15, 1954.
Ken was a fireman
by trade, and retired from Olivette Fire Protection District as a captain, after 27 years of service. He also worked in the service department of Frank Reed RV Center in St. Clair. He was very civic minded, and was the last founding father of the St. Clair Ambulance Association. He was an active member and past board member of the St. Clair Ambulance Association. He also volunteered his services as an auctioneer for many charity events. His children were all active in sports, and Ken was always there to cheer them on. Ken enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life, but fishing was his passion. His favorite pastime was teaching his children, and later his grandchildren, how to fish. Many wonderful memories were created on family fishing and camping trips. Nothing was more important to Ken than his family, the love they shared and the memories they created. His keen sense of humor will forever be remembered by all of them.
Visitation was held at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, Sunday, March 24, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at First Baptist Church, St. Clair, with the Revs. Cliff Day and Dickie Hinson officiating.
Burial, with full military honors, was in Prospect Cemetery, Lonedell.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.