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Melvin Hilliard Hinton

July 17, 1921 ~ April 18, 2018 (age 96)

MELVIN HILLIARD HINTON

Middlesex, NC

Melvin Hilliard Hinton made his heavenly journey on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  Melvin was born July 17, 1921, the oldest of seven children, to the late Reverend Isaac and Mary Hinton of Middlesex, NC.  In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Mary Ruth Stephens Hinton.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, I.H., Everett, and Joseph Hinton, Thelma H. Stone, Marion H. Little and Doris H. Stone.

Melvin was a retired Grocery Store owner, having served the Samaria Community with the only full service Grocery Store for over 40 years.  Following retirement from the Grocery Store, Melvin continued to work, earning his Real Estate Broker’s License and working for Branco Realty in Wilson before venturing out on his own with Hinton and Associates Realty.  Melvin liked to stay busy, citing one of his favorite quotes “It’s better to wear out than to rust out”.  

Melvin was a faithful, lifelong member of the Middlesex Church of God.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, early in life and at the age of 17 and was baptized in Murray’s Mill Pond by his daddy.  He joined the church that same year and was the oldest living member of the church.  He had been attending the church (as a child) since the church was chartered in 1923.  

Surviving to cherish his memory are his daughter and son-in-law, Faye and Jimmy Overman of Knightdale; son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Marie Hinton of Middlesex; Granddaughter, Jennifer O. Toney (Eric) of Knightdale, Grandson, Matthew Hinton of Middlesex, seven great-grandchildren – Katelyn Maynor, Kyle, Kelli, Isaac and Carter Toney, Presley and Harper Hinton, and a host of beloved nieces and nephews. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Middlesex Church of God, 5407 NC Hwy 231 Middlesex, NC.  The family will receive visitors prior to the service from 9:30 am to 10:45 am.  The Service will begin following at 11:00 am.    Graveside service will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon, NC

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Wellington Nursing Center of Knightdale, for their exceptional care over the last 6 plus years and to Heartland Care (Hospice) of Wake County for their comfort care in his final days.

Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg www.stricklandfuneralhome.net

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