On December 10, 2019, Ray Hudgins Hinton’s spirit peacefully exited his treacherous, cancerous body. Free at last!
Ray was predeceased by his parents, Major Pugh H. Hinton and Anna Guy Hinton and a brother, Rosser Guy Hinton.
He is survived by his indomitable wife of 50 years, Dolly Mayo Hinton; his cherished children, Jeremy Hinton (Rebekah) of Newport News and Kate Hinton (Brian Durham) of Whidbey Island, WA and grandchildren, Elijah and Avery Hinton and Abram and Sequoia Durham. He is also survived by twin brother, Roy C. Hinton (Judy) of Richmond, brother, Hud Hinton (Marian) of Cumming, GA; sister, Flo Hicks of Williamsburg; sister-in-law, Donna Lynch of Seminole, FL; uncle Claude W. Hinton (Jean Marie) of Wilmington, NC; four close cousins and eight nieces and nephews.
Ray graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Old Dominion University, where he was a member of Theta Xi fraternity, and the stonier Graduate School of Banking. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Norfolk. He began his banking career in Human Resources at Virginia National Bank, rising to Director of Human Resources and later President and CEO of Sovran Insurance Group.
Ray served on the Norfolk School Board and the Civil Service Commission for the City of Norfolk. He chaired the ODU Education Foundation and the Annual Fund. He was a board member of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Following an early retirement, Ray became a master piddler, enjoying woodworking, gardening, wood carving, painting, cooking, writing poetry, house restoration and golfing, especially yearly outings with his brothers and cousins. He was also a member of the Studely Avenue Statistical Society and apprentice at the Chuck Baynard School of Airplane Building. He and Dolly spent the last 3 years living part time on Whidbey Island, WA near their daughter and her family. They made close friends there and loved sitting on their deck enjoying views of the Puget Sound the the Olympic Mountains.
In addition to his family and friend, Ray was blessed with incredibly caring and capable health care providers at Riverside Cancer Center in Newport News, the University of WA Hospital in Seattle and Whidbey MAC Cancer Center in Coupeville, WA. He was especially grateful to nurse Tikishia, Dr. George Kannarkat and Dr. John Donahue in Newport News.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, January 18, 2020 First Lutheran Church in Norfolk . Donations in his memory may be made to First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517.
Cremation Society of Virginia-Newport News assisted the family with arrangements.