D. Thomas Hinson, 35, of Athens, Ga., and formerly of Sylvania, Ga., passed away late Saturday evening in Americus, Ga., due to cardiac arrest from a preexisting heart condition.
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Thomas was born to Cherri D. and David Hinson in Augusta, Ga., and was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Sylvania. He resided the past 17 years in Athens, where he was employed as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. He was a former police officer and had attended the University of Georgia, where he studied finance, and was well-known for having been the owner of George Gibson's Menswear, until its closing in April of 2013. He was heavily involved in several local organizations as a member of the Classic City Rotary Club and the Athens Jaycees, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, also serving on the board of directors of the Classic Center Authority, and as an appointee of the Mayor's Economic Development Task Force. Thomas was an avid sports fan who refereed such sports as football, baseball and basketball on a collegiate level and for the Georgia High School Association. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Adah Love and John McGhee Hinson Sr.; and maternal grandfather, M.G. "Bill" Dixon.
He is survived by his parents, Cherri and David Hinson of Sylvania; a sister and brother-in-law, Rachel H. and Russell Youngblood of Statesboro; a brother and sister-in-law, Rob W. and Elissa Hinson of Hong Kong; his maternal grandmother, Barbara Buford Dixon of Rome. His uncles and aunts, Mack and Karen Wakeford of Albany, Ga., Candy and Don Sheppard Jr. of Sylvania, John and Annie Hinson of Florence, S.C., Bob and JoBeth Mills of Sylvania, Mandy and Tyler Sturdivant of LaFayette, Ga., and Tracey and Mark Chappalear of Chickamauga, Ga.; and numerous cousins.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church of Sylvania from 5-7 p.m.
The memorial service will be Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Sylvania with the Rev. Sonny Mason and the Rev. Mike Benson officiating. Interment will follow in Screven Memorial Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins, Erick Hinson, Donald Sheppard III, Donald Wakeford IV and Atys Mills.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 256, Sylvania, GA 30467.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, April 1, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Apr. 1 to Apr. 8, 2014