Joseph P. Hines

December 13, 1950March 28, 2018

Joe Phillips Hines, 67, passed away Wednesday March 28, 2018 at Hospice Ministries. A Memorial Service will be 1:00pm Tuesday April 3, 2018 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, preceded by visitation from 11am – 1 pm. Survivors include his wife Debbie Hines of Jackson; daughter, Kelly Hines of Jackson; and sister Jane Green Wasser. Joe was a career military officer having served in the US Army. He later taught Jr. ROTC at Terry High School and was retired from the State of Mississippi PERS. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or the charity of your choice. For additional information go to


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Joseph P. Hines

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Becky Johns

April 3, 2018

Joe and I were great friends all through high school. We laughed. Man, did we laugh. Our entire group of amazing friends laughed. All the time. It was so much fun.

I admire how Joe served our country so sincerely. He was steadfast and strong. I look at his picture and see that he changed very little. He was born three days before I was. His passing was far too soon. I know he'll be missed terribly, and my heartfelt, sincere condolences go out to his entire family.

I wish I could have seen Joe more often since our high school days. When I did see Joe those few times after high school, there was instant warmth and an understanding of how special the high school experience was way back when. Oh, to be that care-free again. How lucky we were.

Thanks, Joe, for the memories.

John Wilkinson

April 3, 2018

Joe and I have known each for over 50 years, having run into each other on the playground in 7th grade. We shared a lot of adventures, and a few misadventures, over the next 6 years following that first encounter, many of which we shared with a great group of friends at Prospect High School (Mt. Prospect, IL). Then we all graduated and went off to different colleges, graduated from those institutions and scattered to the four winds as we pursued careers, got married, raised families, etc. But Joe and I managed to stay in touch, sometimes infrequently, but whenever we did, it was always like old times. Simply put, Joe was one of my oldest, and best friends and it's going to take some time to adjust to the new normal, wherein Joe won't be around to give me a hard time when I deserve it (which is usually the case). He will be sorely missed.....