Mr. George Stancil Hines, 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
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The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by the Revs. John Woodley, Austin Parker and Wayne King. Burial will follow in the Ayden Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Mr. Hines' grandsons.
Mr. Hines lived his early life in the Ballards Crossroads Community and was a graduate of Arthur High School in Bell Arthur. Mr. Hines was a businessman from his beginning as a farmer for more than 30 years, including raising purebred Hampshires and managing Abbott's Milling Co. In 1972, he followed God's leading and purchased the Dixie Queen Restaurant in Winterville. His faith was tested when a fire nearly destroyed the restaurant in 1975. After prayer, research, trial and error, Dixie Queen Seafood was born with his sons, Donald and Ronald, by his side.
Mr. Hines wanted to be known as a "food pioneer" and owned and operated The Dixie Queen Restaurant in Winterville for 42 years. During these years, he also operated restaurants in Williamston and Rocky Mount, with his current locations in Winterville and Farmville. He was a past member of the Winterville Kiwanis and Gideon's International.
Mr. Hines was a longtime member of Landmark Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday school for 25 years. For the past 10 years, he was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Ayden. Witnessing for Christ was his lifelong passion, from going door to door to meet people in his community to the Sword of the Lord newspaper and Gospel tracts by the cash register in each of his restaurants. He believed in the Great Commission and to that end supported many missionaries and Christian ministries at home and abroad. Thanks be to God for the blessings, witness, legacy and love for the Lord that he gave his family.
Mr. Hines was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Richard and Fannie Mae Bowen Hines; a son, Donald Richard Hines; and granddaughter, Spencer Hope Hardy.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Joan Tyson Hines; daughters, Deborah Hines King and husband, Wayne, of Woodworth, La., Fanette Hines Entzminger and husband, Charlie, of Greenville, Johnna Hines Smith and husband, Tate, of Greenville and Dana Hines Hollingsworth and husband, David, of Ayden; sons, Ronald Frizzell Hines and wife, Debbie, of Ayden and George Stancill Hines Jr. and wife, Jackie, of Cary; daughter-in-law, Linda Hines of Greenville; his most precious gifts, his 16 grandchildren, Kelly Bledsoe, Shon Hines, Jacob Hines, Jesse Hines, Leah Hines, Emily Coley, Steven Hines, Christin Hines, Trey Hines, Daniel Entzminger, Phillip Entzminger, Gregory Entzminger, Brian Entzminger, Karen Davis, Alyse Hardy, Sarah Katelyn Hardy, Ryan Covey and Jordan Peter Hollingsworth; and the delights of his heart, his 17 great-grandchildren, Reagan, Joshua, Hannah Grace, Noah, Bailey, Taylor Grace, Georgia, Max, Phoebe, Silas, Preston, Grayson, Olivia, Eliza, Christian, Ashlynn and Kaylynn.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Wilkerson Funeral Home. The Hines family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Linda Tyson, Rochelle Stokes and Tina Brockington for their kindness and Christian love to our Daddy during his brief illness and a special thank you to "John Boy" Speight.
Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be made to The Bright Spot Hour, P.O. Box 41, Greenville, SC 29602 or www.thebrightspothour.com
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Aug. 18, 2014