Reverend Robert F. Hinkle, Jr., age 94, joined his beloved wife Lavina and precious son James Robert, in heaven, on December 5, 2007. He passed peacefully into Gods arms, with daughter Janice and special son-in-law Joe at his side. Born September 21, 1913 to Edna and Robert Hinkle, he was the last of his siblings.
Rev. Hinkle devoted his entire life to the service of his Lord and Savior. Along with his wife he was a home missionary with C.B.M. Ministries of Watauga, Tennessee for over 50 years. He was affectionately known to many as Uncle Bob. He taught Bible stories to countless children in the school systems of Johnson County, TN, Watauga and Avery Counties in North Carolina and in Damascus, VA. He served as Sunday School teacher and Children?s Church minister at the First Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN for many years. He ministered to the elderly at the Mountain City Nursing Home and at the State prison also in Mountain City, TN. He was a kind and loving father and devoted husband. He enjoyed gardening, long walks, teasing his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loving on his pussycat Queen Buffy.
Survivors include his three daughters; Lois Bellamy and husband John Silver of Port Angeles, WA, Janice Blevins and husband Joseph Blevins of Bristol, TN with whom he made his home with for the past 4 years, Eileen Rife and husband Chuck of Roanoke, VA; six grandchildren; Lori Bellamy and husband Mark Perotti of Seattle, WA, Melissa Wright and husband Marty of Bristol, VA, Joseph Blevins, Jr. and wife Stacey of Bristol, TN, Rachel Waldock and husband Nathan of Bangalore, India, Michelle Archer and husband Jonathan of Roanoke, VA and Stephanie Rife of Roanoke, VA; five great-grandchildren: Lavina and Victoria Blevins, Ryan Crosswhite, Rebekah Waldock and Kylie Archer; several nieces and nephews.
The family of Robert Hinkle wishes to extend special thanks to caregiver, constant companion and buddy Joe Blevins for his untiring care of our father and to special grandson Jody and granddaughter-in-law Stacey.
Like our mother before him dad has donated his body to the East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine for the furtherment of medical science.
A memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to CBM Ministries, P. O. Box 188, Watauga, TN 37694, designated for the swimming pool fund so that many children in the future will be able to enjoy the great fun we all had in the old pool and many other great activities he helped to create.
The Blevins? will be happy to receive friends and family at their home at 600 Springdale Drive, Bristol, TN.
Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City, TN.