|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1912|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1998|
THE PARIS NEWS, Monday, March 16, 1998...
Ben Marten Hinds, 85, died Saturday, March 14, 1998.
Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Doug Miller and Ray Starnes. A private interment will be held in Knights of Honor Cemetery in Blossom.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
He was born in Howland, the youngest of the five children of Marten Dave Hinds and Elizabeth Jane Jumper. He graduated from Howland High School and began a 27-year career in the US ARMY, enlisting in 1930 in the 1st Cavalry Division in Bracketville, TX, where he learned the art of war from the back of a horse.
At the beginning of WORLD WAR II, Ben was promoted to 1st Sergeant and transferred to the 6th Infantry Division to begin preparing it for combat. Ben served in the European Theater of Operations, winning two BATTLE STARS (Rhineland and Central Europe) and a BRONZE STAR for VALOR. With his unit, Ben fought across Europe participating in the BATTLE OF THE BULGE and watched the linkup of the American and Soviet forces from a jeep overlooking the Elbe River.
During the KOREAN CONFLICT, Ben received a direct commission to Warrant Officer and served in the Supreme Allied Command Post in Toyko, Japan under GENERAL DOUGLAS MacARTHUR with the Adjutant General's staff. His duties toward the end of the conflict included that of 'top secret courier' between the Allied peace talk negotiators in Pyongyang and the Command Staff. There he added an ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL to his 11 decorations.
Ben finished his military career as the Adjutant for the ROTC unit at the University of Oklahoma, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer-4, and training such cadets as Pro Football Hall of Fame members, Jerry Tubbs and Tommy McDonald.
After relocating his family to Paris in 1957, Ben completed a 20-year career as advertising and circulation manager with THE LAMAR COUNTY ECHO. After his second career, he started his own business as a painting contractor.
He was active in civic affairs, serving several terms as a Paris City Council member and 1 year as mayor pro tem. Ben was a member of First United Methodist Church of Paris for 41 years, serving as president of the Methodist Men, a member of the Golden Rule Class and member and teacher of the Builder's Class, as well as being instrumental in founding the Methodist Men in the Paris-Sulphur Springs Conference.
He married Sarah 'Sally' Cabaniss January 16 1946, in Shreveport, LA. She preceded him in death March 30, 1990. He married Dorothy Bonner September 10, 1992 in Paris.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Virginia Ruth 'Ginna' (Dr. John Larry) Walker of Paris; a son, Ben David (Kay Ellen Willingham) Hinds of Mesquite; five grandchildren, Carolyn Elizabeth 'Callie' Walker Thompson, Jennifer Lynn Walker McDonald, John Stephen Walker, Stacey Kate Hinds and Lindsey Kristin Hinds; four great-grandchildren, Matt and Lauren Thompson, Stephen McDonald and Allison Hinds; four step-children, Carol Johnson, Bob Bowen, Frankie Bonner and Russell Brown; three sister-in-laws, Dorothy Coker, Virginia Topp and Becky Strickland.
Ben Marten Hinds was a good man who left a mark on the world in which he lived and made it a better place. He was a tough man, a generous man, a faithful man, a leader, a decorated combat hero, who would still take time to cut out cartoons and stick them on the letters to his children during the separation of war. He understood the word 'duty' and was totally committed to his country, his family, his community and his friends. He loved life and lived it with a passion and a quick, unfailing wit.
His favorite time of day was dawn, watching the sun rise over a lake when the fish were biting best, or the coffee shop with his friends. He was a unique, irreplaceable, original.
Ben 'fought the good fight, he finished the race, and he kept the faith.'
It is with great sorrow that his family mourns his death but with great joy that they celebrate his new life in Heaven.
M Dave Hinds (1861 - 1939)
Eliza Jane Hinds (1875 - 1944)
Sarah Cabaniss Hinds (1921 - 1990)
Gladys Hinds Rose (1904 - 1986)*
Lois Hinds (1906 - 1985)*
Ben Marten Hinds (1912 - 1998)
Knights Of Honor Cemetery
Created by: Linda Moore
Record added: Jun 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71604002
In Loving Memory, Rest In Peace.. Buddy and Jeanie|
Added: Jun. 15, 2013