Samuel H. “Chip” Hinson

Published 3:33 pm Friday, April 5, 2013

Ocala, Fla. – Samuel H. “Chip” Hinson, 60, died Feb. 16 at his home in Ocala. The memorial service was held on Friday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Anglican Church with the Rev. Father Donald Curran Jr. officiating.

Chip was the son of Samuel H. Hinson Sr. and Maurice Hinson of Demopolis and was born on Nov. 24, 1952.

Chip was a graduate of Demopolis High School and attended Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.

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He is survived by his wife of nine years, Leslie Hinson; brothers, Bruce (Cynthia) Hinson of Miramar Beach, Fla., Richard Hinson of Woodstock, and the Rev. Mick “Mickey” (Gene) Hinson of San Antonio, Texas.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews whom he adored: Dexter and Kheeda Hinson, Catherine Hinson, Alina Stevens, Savannah, Ruby Bell and Hank Stevens.

After moving to Tallahassee, he worked in his family’s men’s clothing store, and thereafter was always known as a stylish dresser. From 1971-78, Chip served as a Field Medic in the U. S. Navy Reserves.

From 1974-78, he worked in field affiliate sales for ABC Television Network.

He found his true calling in 1978 when he joined L. M. Berry Co. The company changed hands over the years (now DexOne) and he was promoted to an account manager calling on major clients throughout north-central Florida until his passing. He won multiple and various awards including sales trips and had a wonderful relationship with his clients throughout his career.

He was a devoted husband, friend and co-worker. He had many other talents. He was an incredible published photographer and videographer and offered his services at company functions and weddings. His video film collection was extensive and he lovingly loaned them out to friends. During high school, Chip played in the band. He carried his love of music into his later years and could be seen playing in dance bands.

He was well known in Ocala for his vibrant Halloween parties. He was exceptionally generous with his knowledge and his time and was always offering assistance in home repairs, work related issues, Ocala newcomer introductions and civic functions. He would often lift your spirits with one of his jokes.

Chip was involved with the Humane Society, Marion Cultural Alliance, The Discovery Science Center and Sheltering Hands.

Never meeting a stranger, always friendly with people and animals, he gave a lot of his heart. He demonstrated selfless and limitless generosity in all that he did.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sheltering Hands, P.O Box 843, Williston, Florida, 32696.