OBITUARY

Irene McClure Hinson

July 20, 1926June 15, 2021
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COLUMBIA -- A graveside service for Irene McClure Hinson, 94, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Mrs. Hinson died Tuesday, June 15, 2021. She was a daughter of the late Harriet Abercrombie McClure and William McClure.

Mrs. Hinson received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina. She taught for 10 years at Hyde Park Elementary and had been the principal at Denny Terrace Elementary for 15 years, and belonged to several education sororities. She received commendations from the S.C. House of Representatives in 1986, from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in 1987, and the Urban League for 1984-1985. She was a long-time, very involved member of Earlewood Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hinson is survived by two sons, Richard Hinson (Connie) of Columbia, William Hinson (Kathie) of Gilbert; a stepdaughter, Kathy Bowen (Johnny) of Columbia; four grandchildren, Chris Hinson (Cheryl), Whitney Axsom (John), Clayton Hinson, and Courtney Weagle (Benji); numerous great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; first husband, Robert D. Hinson, and second husband, James T. Ballew; brother, James A. McClure; sister, Joe D. Carder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Earlewood Baptist Church, 2930 River Drive, Columbia, SC 29201.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Earlewood Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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Billy Beard

June 17, 2021

Dear Billy and Dickie: I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I have such fond memories of her. She was such a Godly lady and the epitome of a devout Christian. You were blessed to have had for 94 years, and I was blessed to have known her. Cherish the memories and GOD Bless you. Billy Beard

Lana Ott

June 17, 2021

Dear Billy and Dickie, so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Mother. My Mother and she were best buddies. They talked on the phone about everything for hours. When I couldn't reach Mama, I knew that she was talking to your Mom. They were in the same Sunday school class and sat together every Sunday. Your Mom was loved by everyone. I know that all her old friends from Earlewood are rejoicing. Mom will be unable to attend due to her dementia but you will always be in our hearts. Love, Lana

Connie Hinson

June 17, 2021

Sadly, the members of the “Greatest Generation” are leaving us. I’m not sure we will ever have another that sacrificed for their country during a world war and survived a “Great Depression”. They learned lessons from these events well and they never veered from them. They didn’t waste anything, lived within their means, worked hard, accomplished much, helped others, and gave their all to their children and family members.
Irene was a shining representative of this generation. A gracious lady who graduated from high school early, worked for a professor to have money to go to college, raised two sons and returned to school in mid-life to attain a master’s degree in education. She taught elementary school and became a principal who was beloved by her students and teachers.
She was a devoted follower of Christ, read her Bible daily, and supported her church in many ways. She was a pinnacle of generosity to everyone who knew her.
Her special love was for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She taught them many lessons of life beyond reading. She was a master of card games, Scrabble, and crossword puzzles. I can still hear her words when she used a word someone did not recognize; she would hand them a dictionary and tell them to “look it up.”
She accomplished so much in life and touched so many people. We all were honored to know her and be part of her family.
She is at peace after struggles with Dementia. She never lost her beautiful smile nor her loving personality. We will all miss her but know she is challenging someone at Scrabble telling them to “look it up”.


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