William Whaley Hines

December 12, 1932June 25, 2019

William Whaley Hines, age 86, died on June 25, 2019. He was born on December 12, 1932, in Tampa, Florida, to Emmett Lee Hines and Willie Mae Whaley Hines. He attended the University of Tennessee where he received the Lockett engineering award as Outstanding Engineering Student after his second year. He later attended Memphis State University where he received the BS degree with Honors in mathematics in 1954. He received an Air Force commission in 1954 and served for two years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Oklahoma City, OCAMA Headquarters. Following his Air Force service he enrolled in the Engineering College at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received Masters and PhD degrees in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and became a faculty member in that school. He was professor and Director of the ISYE Graduate Program. He served as President of the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Xi and Chairman of the Engineering College Graduate Committee of the Academic Faculty. He worked with a number of electric power companies and received the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC) Lifetime Achievement Award. He co-authored a textbook, Probability and Statistics in Engineering. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Gayle, two sons, William and Matthew and a grandson, Nathaniel. A daughter, Jennifer, predeceased him. He also leaves his nephew, Emmett G. Hines of Atlanta. He was a member of Peachtree Road Methodist Church. Interment will be in Boston, GA. The family will hold a private ceremony in loving memory of his life.


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John & Barbara McDonald

June 29, 2019

Our family is so blessed by the Hines family.
Bill's dad worked for Weston and Winchester and moved to Germantown TN to take over the Southeastern Sales Division. Bill and Witty started their friendship in their early teens when Witty showed him the southern charm of a working farm, and a barn filled with more hay than Bill had ever seen.
They enjoyed playing sports together, particularly Football where Bill played End and Witty played quarterback. Germantown High School's Football team was not very good back then, but they had a good time playing together.
Bill and Witty continued their friendship through college and into their adult lives, always staying in contact and sharing hallmark events - marriage, children, grandchildren.
Even though they eventually lived in separate states, Bill and Witty shared a friendship that spanned seven decades - An amazing love of friends, family and memories.
Brother Bill will be greatly missed and always fondly remembered.

Dave Goldsman

June 28, 2019

Bill was a wonderful friend and colleague, and I'm really saddened by his passing. He was a scholar and a gentleman, and he will certainly be missed.

Jay Hargis

June 27, 2019

I remember fond talks with Mr. Hines. He was always gracious and kind when we came to the house. I send my condolences to the Hines family.

Leon McGinnis

June 27, 2019

Bill was one of the architects of a program that produced many leaders of his profession. It's a legacy of impact that few can match. We were fortunate to have him as a colleague, and have missed his gentlemanly approach and ideals.

Gregg Russell

June 27, 2019

Dr Hines is and was a great man. I hope the Hines family finds peace with his wonderful accomplishments and memory. He will be greatly missed.

John Fayssoux

June 25, 2019

Condolences and love to Gayle, Will, and Matt. You are often in my thoughts. You were an important part of my childhood. As an adult, I remember how it helped me when Bill, Gayle, Frances, Meg, and Max visited me at a difficult time. Love, John