Justin Hinders

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HINDERS JUSTIN HINDERS (Age 85) Of Fairfax, VA went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, December 31, 2009. He died peacefully at The Gardens at Fair Oaks, a wonderful assisted living community in Fairfax. Justin was born to the late William Hinders and Lucretia Weiler Hinders on April 28, 1924 in Dayton, OH. The Great Depression devastated his family financially. He was orphaned at the age of ten and spent his remaining childhood years with his brother Charles and sister Jane at St. Joseph''s Orphanage in Dayton where they were well cared for by the Catholic nuns. He delivered newspapers as a young boy in the Oakwood neighborhood of Dayton to many well known Ohioans such as Orville Wright, Charles Kettering and the Talbot family. He completed the eighth grade at the age of 14 and decided to be declared independent. He lived on his own from then on as a ward of a local judge who agreed to "keep tabs" on him. He worked several jobs and slept very little in order to maintain his independence. In 1942, Justin enlisted in the Navy as an Apprentice Seaman and was stationed on the USS Cole destroyer and the USS Ranger aircraft carrier. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Radioman First Class. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for two invasions during WWII. Although he had lost touch with his older brother Charlie, the Navy found them reunited while both were on leave in NYC! In 1945, Justin completed his tour of duty in the Navy and decided to go to Miami, Florida where he met the Washington, DC Associated Press Bureau Chief who offered him a job as copy boy in the DC office of the Associated Press. He moved to Washington and worked for the AP for four years. He reported on Capitol Hill for the AP, where in 1950 he met Patricia (Pat) Kyle who was working as a copy girl for a competing news service. Justin and Pat married in 1951 and they settled in to family life on Greene Place in the Northwest area of Washington, DC. They had four children together: Thomas Kyle Hinders (Jennie), William Joseph Hinders (Paula), David Justin Hinders (Jennifer) and Maripat Hinders. In 1959, Pat succumbed to complications from chicken pox and pneumonia and passed away, leaving Justin a young widow with four children to raise. During this time, Justin had left the AP for a job at the National Association of Realtors as Assistant Director of Public Relations. In 1961, Justin was offered the Executive Vice President position at the Washington, DC Association of Realtors. It was also in 1961 that he met Elizabeth (Bette) Wymard on a blind date setup by his temporary secretary, who turned out to be Bette''s roommate! Justin and Bette had a very brief (three weeks!) courtship and married on February 4, 1961. Although they began their marriage with four wonderful children from Justin''s first marriage to Pat, they eagerly decided to add on to their family having four more children together; Lawrence Frank Hinders (Meg), Vincent Michael Hinders (Bonnie), Charles Edward Hinders (Kathy) and Anne Marie Hinders Fortier (Matt). After learning the ins and outs of local Washington, DC commercial real estate, Justin went to work at the Shannon & Luchs Company where he was assistant to the late Frank J. Luchs. He then worked for the late Jack I. Bender, founder of Blake Construction Company. In 1968, Justin was named General Manager of the Van Ness Center. After serving in this position for several years, he branched out on his own in 1971 and opened his own commercial brokerage firm, Hinders Realty, Inc. He was named Washington, D.C. Realtor of the Year in 1981. Justin retired from the full-time real estate business in 1992 but remained active as a consultant and mentor. Two of his sons, David and Vince, followed in his footsteps at Hinders Realty for many years. Although proud of his accomplishments and accolades, Justin would say the most important event in his life was in 1979 while visiting Bethlehem where he realized that he didn''t have a relationship with Jesus who was born there and died in nearby Jerusalem. Justin turned from the way he had lived his first 55 years life and Christ transformed him. He lived his remaining years devoting his life to serving God. Justin was a wonderful example of a Christian husband, father, grandfather and friend. He reached out to those in need and was a generous philanthropist sharing his wealth with those who needed help. He volunteered countless hours at the D.C. Association of Retarded Citizens, D.C. Communities in Schools, The Son Spot ministry in Ocean City, MD and Sovereign Grace Church in Fairfax, VA. He was a loyal friend and corresponded faithfully with his long time friends. He had a way of writing and sending notes to brighten your day! He lived, ate and breathed real estate and rarely missed a meeting of "The Square Foot Club" - a group of twelve Washington businessmen with interests in local real estate who met monthly to keep tabs on the market! The gentlemen of the Square Foot Club were his lifelong friends and he loved nothing more than to create business deals at their lunches. He was a member of the University Club, which was a great source of pride and laughter for him since he never made it past the 8th grade! He enjoyed being in business for himself and worked hard to provide a wonderful life for his family. Justin is predeceased by his beloved wife of 8 years, Patricia (Pat) Kyle Hinders and his beloved wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Bette) Wymard Hinders; his brother Charlie and sister Jane. He is survived by his eight children, 25 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family would especially like to thank Debbie, Dave, Karen, Linda, Mickey, Andrew, Japhet, Hazel, Jin, Georgina, Osman, Jill, Susan, Dr. Coleman and the many, many others at The Gardens and Community Hospice who loved and served Justin so faithfully these last six months. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Community Hospice at http:// www.thewashingtonhome.org/donate/ ways-to-give/donate-online.html. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9 at Sovereign Grace Church, 5200 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2010
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