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Anderson-Clayton-Gonzalez Funeral Home

1111 Military Pkwy, Mesquite, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas Lawson Hinton

November 28, 1936July 22, 2020
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Thomas Lawson Hinton, known by most as “Buddy,” was born in Tenaha, TX, on November 28, 1936, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 22, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Peggy Hinton; his daughters Leslie Ross (Tom) and Carrie Griffin (Julie); his son John Hinton (Marian); five grandchildren Barrett and Blake Griffin (Brittany), Ashley and Michael Ross, and Drew Hinton; his first wife, Carolyn (Rogers) Hinton; as well as many nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Doris Hinton (wife of his brother Clyde).

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Jasper Hinton; his mother, Opal Hattie Bazar; his sisters Ovelia McCullough, Lois Moore, Betty Jean Zernick, Marylee Tardy, and Joyce Ann Whitehurst; and his brother Clyde.

Buddy was a fighter. At 83-years-old, he had endured a 4-year battle with Alzheimer’s after surviving a major heart attack and defeating Guillain Barre several years earlier. During these tough times, he won the hearts of so many of his nurses and caretakers.

“Buddy,” was a nickname given to him by his brother Clyde. It ended up being the perfect name for him, as he truly was a buddy to everyone. He loved talking to people and was an inspiration, motivator, and mentor to everyone he met. He was the kind of person who would do anything in his power to help those who needed a hand.

Growing up in Mesquite, he was the valedictorian at Mesquite High School, Class of 1955. He played football and basketball and even played collegiate ball at Henderson County Community College and East Texas State University. After finishing school, he served in the Coast Guard for two years, stationed in Port Arthur, TX. After being discharged, he served as a youth minister at First Baptist, Mesquite and took many youth groups to Glorieta Baptist Encampment.

Buddy was an educator for 35 years, working as a math teacher at Wilkinson Middle School, assistant principal for Vanston Middle School, and an Administrator for Technical Services.

Throughout his lifetime, Buddy served faithfully at his church, Mimosa Lane Baptist Church. He was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, a member of several committees, and loved coaching the men’s and women’s church league softball teams, often serving as a mentor to many young men.

Though he touched many people in many ways, perhaps the biggest impact he made was on those who affectionately called him Pal-Pa. He absolutely loved his grandchildren. In his eyes, they could do no wrong.

Buddy loved traveling and always went snow skiing every spring break and to Panama City Beach in the summer. He and Peggy traveled to several states together, making some very special memories. They loved keeping their grandkids and attending their various activities.

Buddy has gone on to his eternal home but leaves a legacy of love, friendship, and a remarkable example of a Godly man. We love you and will see you later!

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Memories

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James & Fran Terry

July 27, 2020

We love the Hinton family!! Buddy and his children have been in our lives for 50+ years. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family in the loss of Buddy. May God give you peace in this time of heart break. Even though we will not be able to attend the services, our hearts will be with you. A memorial gift will be sent to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Buddy.

Penny Belt

July 27, 2020

You will be greatly missed Buddy!! I have so many good memories of times spent with your family. From growing up with your kiddos and being a part of Mimosa Lane, trips to the beach, and ski trips to good ole Sunlight in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Also, I can't even begin to count the the many hours that I spent with your family at your house on Cedar. Leslie and I were inseparable. Thank you for opening your home to me and for always making me feel welcome!! Remembering you always and resting in the fact that one day, I will see you again! Love you!!

Wayne Shamblin

July 26, 2020

Lots and lots of good memories we shared working for MISD. A good co-worker and friend. Always willing to help and go the extra mile. We lost a great man but heaven gained a great angel. Rest In Peace my friend.

Patsy Waltemath

July 25, 2020

Our families go back a long way. We had so much fun singing in the choir, getting together after Sunday night worship to play dominoes /42 and eat. Playing softball and going to state . Our kids grew up knowing the Lord and having a good time.
So sorry for your loss
Patsy Waltemath

Barry and Beverly Vandiver

July 25, 2020

We have so many wonderful memories of Buddy and his family. Many miles traveled on trips to Colorado and skiing the slopes of Sunlight. Attending church together and our children growing up together. Lots of great fellowship. Wonderful times for all our family.
We love the Hintons
See you soon Buddy
The Vandivers

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