William G. Hinton, 66, Shelbyville and formerly of Hopkinsville, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 of natural causes. Sadly, his body was discovered on Friday, May 9, 2014. A native of Hopkinsville, he was the son of the late Bro. Lawrence Hinton and Nellie Mae Hollingsworth Hinton. Educated in the Hopkinsville public school system, he graduated from Hopkinsville High School with honors in 1965. He received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, TN in 1969 and the Master of Arts in Education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in 1972. He completed additional graduate work at Austin Peay State University, the University of Kentucky and Murray State University. Bro. Hinton served the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Free and Accepted Masons as Grand Master 1991-92. He relocated to Shelbyville in 2000 to serve as Director of Education for the Center for Education and Leadership for the Masonic Fraternity, a position he held until his death. Bro. Hinton has served in numerous other capacities during his many years of Masonic affiliation. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville and served as Choirmaster in 1970-72 and 1975-77. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville for 16 years, serving the club as a Board Member in 1976-77. In 1981, the Hopkinsville Jaycees named him "Outstanding Young Educator." He was commissioned a "Kentucky Colonel" in 1967 and again in 2005. He currently holds membership at Hopkinsville Lodge No. 37, F. & A.M. in Hopkinsville and has dual membership in Solomon's Lodge No. 5, F. & A.M. in Shelbyville. Survivors include two uncles, James Hinton in Augusta, GA and Harold Hinton in Russellville, several cousins and his Masonic family. Graveside services will be 1 p.m., CDT, Wednesday, May 14 at Glenwood Cemetery in Elkton. Visitation was held Tuesday at Louisville Scottish Rite Masonic Building, including Masonic Services. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon, CDT, Wednesday at the Hopkinsville Lodge No. 37 at 103 Academy Dr. in Hopkinsville. The procession will pass spots of historical significance to his life en route to the graveside services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed and additional biographical information concerning his Masonic life at www.webbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Sentinel-News from May 13 to May 20, 2014