|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2010|
Lola Baker Hinkle passed away on November 8, 2012. She is predeceased by her husband, James W. Hinkle; parents, Bert and Ida Baker of Madison County; siblings, Ollie, Emmett, Leonard, James, William C. Baker and Lottie Baker Treece. She is survived by her son, Johnny B. Hinkle (wife Carolyn) of Huntsville; her daughter, Janet Hinkle Moebes (husband John) of Knoxville. She leaves five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and a dear sister, Dollie Baker Cooper (husband Neil) of Gadsden. She also greatly loved her Hinkle in-laws of Cullman.
Decatur had been her home since 1950. Prior to their move here, she had managed the family farm near Hartselle for several years. Mr. Hinkle worked as a machinist during weekdays, and she became a farmer, not merely a farmer's wife. She fed livestock, picked cotton, planted a prolific garden, and cared for two small children. When they moved to Decatur, she spent the few weeks prior to the move, preparing the farm's bounty for preserving. She killed, dressed and froze dozens of hens, and moved five hundred quarts of canned vegetables from her garden. This required that Mr. Hinkle build a special pantry in their Decatur home, where the shelves were lined with Mason jars of beautiful food.
She spent decades working in the insurance business in Decatur, beginning her career with the Easter Agency and retiring from the offices of Hamilton and Riggs. She served in various officer posts with the Insurance Women of Decatur.
An outstanding design artist, her handwoven baskets, hand-sewn quilts, dolls, bears, soft sculptures, and embroideries are cherished by family and friends. She made many clothes for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including legacy christening gowns.
An excellent cook, her culinary creations and recipes were featured in The Decatur Daily and the Cotton Country Cookbook. The old tradition of sharing gifts from the kitchen was important to her. She delivered food to the sick, the bereaved, and to celebrations of joy. Family dinners were beautifully served, and always festive, Many Sunday evenings would find the youth group from the Sixth Avenue Church of God, enjoying dinner after service, in her home. In addition to her leadership in building a strong youth group at her church, she was active in her missionary program, and worked with her husband in an outreach program for seniors.
She was an avid reader, always a fan of good literature, authors old and new. Movies were also a keen interest, stemming from a strong acting talent which she displayed during her junior high school years. Sports were also important to her. Baseball was her favorite and she was thrilled to attend a Braves game a few years ago.
An ardent believer in Civil Rights, she supported the Southern Poverty Law Center, and was honored to have her named placed on the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery. She was a lifelong Democrat.
Her wake will be held tonight, November 11, 2012, from 6 to 8 at Roselawn Funeral Home. Service will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Roselawn's chapel. A private graveside service will be held afterwards.
It was her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 or Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709.
James William Hinkle (1914 - 2012)
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 21, 2012
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