James Thomas Hines Jr.

October 29, 1928August 28, 2013

James Thomas Hines, Jr., a native of McWilliams, Alabama and a longtime resident of Mobile, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Boyd Smyly Hines, his grandson, Thomas Miles Newbern and brother-in-law, Charles H. McKinney. “Papa” to his grandchildren, Mr. Hines was a kind and cheerful man of quiet integrity. His friends will remember his as a true southern gentleman. Mr. Hines attended high school at Marion Military Institute, received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama (where he was named Outstanding ROTC student), and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law. He received a Masters in Taxation from New York University. He was a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in Germany as part of the Army of Occupation. He moved to Mobile in 1957 to join the firm of Hand, Arendall, Bedsole, Greaves and Johnston, and worked with that firm until his retirement. Mr. Hines was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Mobile. He was a lifelong fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He is survived by his three children, Carolyn Hines Mikell and her husband Chip, Margaret Hines Newbern and her husband Tom, and James Thomas Hines, III and his wife Adreanna; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Estelle Smyly McKinney and Douglas Smyly and his wife, Janet; two grandchildren, Benjamin Hines Newbern and Mikhaila Marion Hines; nieces and nephew, Steven Smyly, Beverly Smyly and Doug McKinney and his longtime friend and housekeeper, Barthalia Tarver. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Mobile. The family will receive visitors following the service. An informal graveside service will be held on Monday, September 2, 2013, in the Pineville Cemetery in Monroeville, Alabama. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the T. Miles Newbern Archaeological Support Fund (Fund Number ES79), College of Charleston Foundation, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424-0001, att. David Masich or the First Baptist Church of Mobile.


  • Graveside Monday, September 2, 2013

James Thomas Hines Jr.

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Hudson Hines

September 2, 2013

Your family will be in our prayers. I am sorry my family missed the services. I know that prayers will left you up because I have often been lifted up. Love, Hudson Hines family

September 2, 2013

Carolyn--I only met your dad a few times but the first time was at Chip's bachelor party--for such a smart and accomplished man he was just one of the boys that night--a true camper--wish I had known him better--you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.--love ya--Fincher

Jannice Kesterson Glover

September 1, 2013

Mr. Hines was a wonderful man. He was more than a customer to my father he was a friend for many years. I had to joy of knowing him and his beautiful and kind wife. They were so lucky to have one another and such a caring family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

ainsley McNeely

September 1, 2013

A sweet, kind gentlemen - greatly missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him! Y'all are in my prayers- Ainsley

Lynn Blacksher Morris

September 1, 2013

Carolyn, Margaret and James; once again, I extend to each of you and your families my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your father. Through your sadness, know that at the same time that your mother must be feeling immense joy to have your dad by her side once again. Loved ones are never truly gone as long as you three are alive to remember, and are able to call your parents to mind. May the love and comfort of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surround you all and bring you peace!!!!

September 1, 2013

Our deepest sympathy in this difficult time. We will always remember Uncle Tom as a true southern gentleman who was kind and generous to us.
Allison, Steven, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Rebecca

Rod Kesterson

August 31, 2013

I'll miss my buddy! I have always enjoyed sharing and swapping stories with Mr.Heines.