Weatherford Democrat


July 13, 2012

Leonard Max Hinkle

— Leonard Max Hinkle, 78, a retired electronics technician, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at home.

Max Hinkle was born May 24, 1934, in Poolville, Texas. He graduated from Springtown High School and Weatherford Junior College and attended Texas Tech. He served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958 and was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration for 34 years. He then worked for Raytheon Service Company installing electronic equipment in the three air traffic control towers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

During the 1970s, he was a disc jockey for KMWT and chief engineer for KORC radio stations in Mineral Wells. He was the amateur radio-operator W5EBB, an avid builder of many things, the ultimate handyman and a singer and musician with a special love of gospel and bluegrass music. He was the lead singer of the Centralaires Gospel Quartet for 17 years. He lived 26 years in Mineral Wells and the last 23 years resided in Springtown where he and his wife enjoyed their farm, horses and raising cattle. They shared several adventures traveling in the United States, Europe, Canada, Alaska and the Carribean.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Springtown, where he sang in the Gospel Quartet and the choir.

He was very proud of his children and felt fortunate to be able to watch the grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.

He experienced several challenges in his life and met all with great faith, courage and determination. He was a true inspiration to many people.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Marie Hinkle; his second mother, Oneeta Culwell Hinkle; and step-son and his wife, Duane and Desiree Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jeff Griggs; son and daughter-in-law, Marshall and Janet Hinkle; daughter, Lea Turner; grandchildren, Joel, Karie, Justen, Brittany, Cami, Dustin, Sam and Cole; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Karli, Aric, Kash and London; step-son, David Martin; step-grandsons, Kevin and Adam; brother-in-law and wife, Ray and Janet Copeland; step-brothers and sister, Bob, Clarence, Larry and Polly; mother of his children, Laveta Singleton; several cousins, wonderful friends and loving church family.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Springtown.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Springtown, P.O. Box 266, Springtown, TX 76082.

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