Poquoson, Virginia 23662, United States
Gary Don Hines went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the age of 70 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He left this earth surrounded by family and friends singing and praising God as we shared our love with this precious "Gentle Giant". Gary was born to Ellwood and Opal Hines on March 30, 1951 in Texas City, Texas. After moving to Houston, Texas as a young boy, he graduated from J. Frank Dobie High school in 1970, where he played on the Dobie Longhorns basketball team with is furture brother-in-law, Tucker Smith.
Gary earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1977 from the University of North Texas, where he met his lifelong friend, Norman Lance, and began teaching at Thompson Intermediate School, a feeder school to his alma mater, F. Dobie High School. Gary loved coaching basketball and football and took his basketball team to District playoffs during his first year of coaching. Gary married Susan Smith on June 10, 1978, and two years later, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Erin. In order for Susan to be a stay-at-home mother, Gary made a career change and wet to work for AMOCO Refinery in Texas City, TX. He retired from AMOCO Refinery in Yorktown, Va in 2008 after 29 years. Cary's favority pastimes included playing banjoy and guitar, cooking, traveling, wathcing westerns, Civil War history, woodworking, paining, and wathcing the Alabama Crimson Tide. His most memorable trip was to Germany and Austria to celebrate his daughter Erin's graduation from the University of Alabama. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Opal, and Ellwood Hines. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Susan and daughter Erin.
He is also survived by his sister Glynda Pawlik and husband, Lou, brother, Greg Hines; niece, Kim Bland, and great-niece, Jennas, as well as many cousins and other family members. A celebration of life was held at Gary's church in Bethel Baptist Church, 1004 Yorktown Road, Yorktown, Va on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Gary spent many happy years in the "country" there area where his parents were from near Flynn, Texas. There will also be a service at First Baptist Church of Flynn with burial following on Monday, 31 January 2022.
In lieu of flowers, domantions may be made in Gary's honor to any of the following:
Compassion International - their child: Nalataya Resty, sponsor #UG060900401, you may call 1-800-336-7676 and let them know your gift is in honor of Gary Hines.
Dignity for the Aged: www.Dignityfortheaged.org
Tunnels to Towers: www.T2T.org
Gary has been with Dignity for the Aged from the very beginning. He stood on the street with us during our first Awareness Gathering, and performed in many nursing homes with his guitar to brighten the day of many residents. He also stood on the steps in our nations capital to be a voice for Essential Caregivers. There are many pictures in the Dignity Gallery.
What an honor it is for Dignity For The Aged to be designated by
the family of Gary Hines as an organization to support in his memory.