Joseph O'Neal Hinton
1942 - 2020
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TUSCALOOSA - Joseph O'Neal Hinton, 78 years old, known to most as Joe, beloved Father and friend, was called to his eternal resting place on June 22, 2020. Joe entered this world on May 5, 1942 and was a resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ennis, Texas, and finally Northport, Ala. He was the son of the late John and Marguerite Hinton and is survived by his daughter Amy Diane Hinton of Gulf Shores, Ala., and son Tyler Joseph Hinton of Hoover, Ala. Joe married Jane Pennington in 1984, and although the union was not permanent, they remained very close friends and made a strong co-parenting team for their children.
Joe joined the US Air Force, was assigned to Eglin Air Force Base and spent the majority of his service at Shaw Air Force Base. He worked as a hydraulic specialist and aircraft mechanic. He was assigned to Homestead, Fla. during the Cuban Missile Crisis where he oversaw the maintenance of aircraft on base.
After his service was completed, he was discharged with full honors, the final rank of Technical Sergeant and lived the remainder of his life as a private citizen. Throughout his life, Joe was an active campaign member and advisor to several prominent Alabama politicians, including George Wallace and Fob James, and remained deeply connected to local and national politics. Joe was also a very active member of the Alabama Jaycees.
Joe was a lover of aviation, golf, Alabama football, and card-playing. Joe has been a steadfast and active member of the Tuscaloosa Moose Lodge fraternal organization since 2005. Joe was an extremely generous person who loved everybody he met; he would treat anybody as if he knew them an entire lifetime and would give the shirt off of his back to a stranger if it was needed.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at 4905 AL-69, Northport, AL 35473. Open visitation begins at 2 p.m., with service to follow at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joe's life. There will be an additional military honorary service held at Joe's final resting place at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala., date and time TBD.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jun. 26, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
Just in shock, just heard the news on Joe. I loved playing cards with him . He was so nice to me. Joe you will be missed by alot of people. REST IN PEACE my friend! You had to be hard headed didn't you!
Teresa Patterson
July 5, 2020
Jane Hinton
June 27, 2020
Joe was such a huge part in Amys life and he will forever hold a piece of my heart for loving her so much. He was kind and smart and always smiling. I pray he loves his new home in Heaven.
Patti White
June 27, 2020
Joe we loved you and were amazed by your strength, even in this crisis you thought you could whip it's butt. You left a wonderful legacy in your children and a grieving family. I considered you all friends. We will miss you. Thank you for the memories you left. We will miss you . Live,Melba and Danny Nickoles
Melba Nickoles
June 26, 2020
Joe was one of the finest gentlemen I've ever known. He always had a very easy-going personality, and made everyone feel at ease. Though I've not seen Joe in years, I'll surely miss him.
Ron Pennington
June 26, 2020
My deepest sympathies. May the God of all comfort strengthen the entire family during this time of sorrow. Always remember that God keeps in his memory those whom we lose because they are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15)
S Chambers
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