October 19, 1930 – May 19, 2020
Hontas Farrar Hines 19 Oct 1930 - 19 May 2020
Hontas was born 19 October 1930 on a farm approximately three miles southwest of Dunn, Texas, to Oscar and Audie (Long) Farrar. She completed her first eight grades of schooling at Dunn Elementary School before attending Snyder High School, graduating in 1948. Hontas then enrolled at Sul Ross State College in Alpine, Texas, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. While at Sul Ross, she was a member of the bowling club and won several tournaments, despite throwing a straight ball instead of a hook. She would later continue her education at Hardin-Simmons University, obtaining a Master of Education degree in 1967.
Hontas married Charles Bass Hines on 27 July 1951 in Lovington, NM. Bass and Hontas settled in Mitchell County and reared three children; Debra Ann, Martha Cheryl, and Charles Davis. For 49 years, she taught classes in typing, shorthand, accounting, business, computer applications, economics, and government at Westbrook and Colorado High Schools. Over the years, countless former students would thank her for teaching them practical skills that contributed to their careers after graduation. Many of her accounting students went on to become accountants and CPAs. Perhaps her greatest satisfaction came from teaching economics and American government, where she championed the free enterprise system and considered the Blessings of Liberty secured by our Constitution.
Hontas was passionate about vegetable and flower gardening, and enjoyed exchanging seeds and plants with friends. She loved all types of hand crafts such as quilting, sewing, crochet, and knitting. Some of her happiest times were spent attending the annual Houston Quilt Show. After retirement, Hontas devoted much of her time to genealogical research and was an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was preceeded in death by her husband of 43 years, Bass, her two daughters Debbie and Cheryl, and a brother, Clark Farrar. She is survived by son Charles Hines of Colorado City and brother-in-law Don Hines of Midland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Mitchell County Library, Scurry County Library, or your favorite charity.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kiker Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 24, 2020
Charles, Don, Doris, Janie, and all the family: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Hontas was a part of my life, almost from the start. First, as our neighbor during my growing up years in Cottonwood Flats. And as aunt to my dear friend, Doris and her family. Last, she was the teacher who taught me shorthand, typing, and sponsored the UIL typing team (still a highly prized skill). She was a great teacher and encouraged me in my office skills, which continue to benefit me even now. She certainly impacted many lives in Colorado City. I know you will miss her. Prayers and love, Julie Hoover Smylie
May 24, 2020
Mrs. Hines is indelible in my memory. How well I remember her methodical pace around the classroom, checking our typing, our seating poise, and our progress. She allowed each of us to work at our own pace...no hurrying to be the fastest. She always encouraged accuracy over speed. I can still hear the clackety-clack, ding, swoosh as we pounded those poor keys with such unforgettable phrases as, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!"
Recently, in February, I had the honor of visiting with Hontas as she was recovering from surgery in Baylor hospital, Dallas. In her weakened state, she was still receptive to my visit. I was astonished that she even recognized me...after all, it had been decades since she had had the "pleasure" of some of us yahoos in her classroom. We're all better people for having known this wonderful woman. RIP, sweet lady!
May 20, 2020
She was a great teacher, very witty, a woman of great values. I loved her very much as a friend. She always made me laugh. She loved her kids and talked about them and their successes. To the family my condolences.
May 20, 2020
Hontas Hines was my teacher, my mentor and my dear friend. I'll never forget her and will always appreciate everything that she taught me. My condolences go out to the Hines family. Rest in Peace, Hontas. Your legacy will last many years.