Wayne Douglas Hinkle, age 79, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at his residence in High Point, NC, following a prolonged illness.
He was born February 14, 1941, in High Point, NC, and was the son of Emmett Reitzel Hinkle and Ella Louise Dooley Hinkle. He graduated from High Point Senior High School (Central) and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from High Point University. Following graduation, he was drafted into the Army and served as Chaplain’s Assistant for two years. Music was one of Wayne’s great pleasures in life, and he used his talents through serving as the organist for English Road Baptist Church and Hilliard Memorial Baptist Church. Wayne initially worked in the real estate and banking industries before joining Jefferson Pilot (now Lincoln National) as an accountant, where he worked for 28 years prior to retiring due to health-related reasons.
Wayne enjoyed playing the piano, listening to many types of music, eating sweets, watching birds, and observing nature. He was dedicated to his family and spent countless hours caring for various (two-legged and four-legged) members over the last several decades by offering his endless love and support and making countless gallons of his coveted sweet tea. Wayne was patient, always willing to listen, and could be relied upon to offer sage advice.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Williams.
Wayne is survived by the love of his life, Maxine Elizabeth Murrow Hinkle, whom he married December 18, 1965, after meeting at High Point Regional Hospital when his father and Maxine’s grandfather shared the same hospital room. Wayne is also survived by his two children, Dr. Laura Bachmann (Dr. Kurt Bachmann) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Dr. Stephen Hinkle (Dr. Sapho Hinkle) of Lorton, Virginia. He leaves behind his adored grandchildren: Elisabeth Ann Bachmann, Kathleen Alice Bachmann, Ethan Wynh Hinkle, and Ella Shea Hinkle. Wayne is also survived by a niece, Sandy Lackey, and two nephews, Dale and David Lackey.
Due to the national health crisis and in the interest of protecting the health of others, Wayne will be honored at a private graveside service to be held at Floral Garden Park Cemetery with Reverend Charlie Patrick officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, or online at https://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/.
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