Fred L. Hinson, 86, of Thomasville died Feb. 8, 2011.
He was born Feb. 7, 1925. At age 16 he left high school and joined the United States Merchant Marines. When World War II erupted, he became a member of the United States Navy, along with his brothers, Ned, Mard, George and his sister, Dorothy who joined the Army as a nurse. At the end of World War II he returned to Thomasville and finished high school as one of "Coach Anderson’s boys" who lived with him and played football for Thomasville High School. Over the years he worked primarily in the timber business, both as a logger and as the owner of Hinson Forest Products. He was also known for land development and pond building.
Survivors include one son, Mike (Cynthia) Hinson, Wetumpka; one daughter, Eugenia (Kent) Pridmore, Knoxville, Tenn.; one daughter, Charlotte (Mike) Megginson, Magnolia; one grandson, Jeff (Charissa) Hinson, Grove Hill; three granddaughters, Jenna Hinson, Ft. Meyers, Fla., Cheri (Heath) Parker, Thomasville, Christie (Jamie) Kennedy, Prattville; five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Branton Hinson and a son, Joseph Steve Hinson.
The service was Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Luke Finkelstein of Hillside Baptist Church of Wetumpka officiating. Burial was in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville.
Active pallbearers were Joe Clayton, Winston Parden, Marshall Parten, Billy Kennedy, Frank Jackson, Ben Pugh, Windell Sheffield and Steve Luker.
Honorary pallbearers were Carl Branton, John Nettles, Jimmy Nettles, Ronald Hutto, William London, Jim McLin, Frank Myers, Cliff Scarbrough, John Wayne Overstreet, Ralph Smyly, Anthony DeBusk, Walter Turk, Cordell Hutto and Clarence Newton.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to the Pineview Baptist Church Building Fund.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.
O'Byrant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.