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Chapel of Jones Mortuary
Sunday May 1st, 2022
1:30pm - 2:30pm

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Celebration of Life

Chapel of Jones Mortuary
Sunday May 1st, 2022

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Ralph Samuel Hinch

Ralph “Sam” Hinch, age 79, passed away at his home in Clinton, TN on Thursday, April 28th, 2022. Sam played basketball while attending Jacksboro High School and was awarded a scholarship to King College in Bristol, TN where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. While attending King College, Sam was the captain of the basketball team. Throughout his adult years, he stayed in contact with his former teammates. He loved the UT Vols and Pat Summit. Sam dedicated his time to his career in distribution sales, and in his free time he enjoyed woodworking, cooking, and living the simple life on his farm in Clanton, AL. He is very well-known for his chocolate pecan pie. A favorite book of Sam’s, which is one that he passed along to all of his friends was “Flight Path” by Dr. Frank Barker. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends whom he leaves behind.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, William and Della Mae Hinch; wife, Mary Meadows; brother, Earl Hinch.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Linda V. Barwick; daughters, Susan Keenan (John), Stephanie Walsh (David), Dr. Emily Anne Nava; brothers, John Hinch (Louise), Jack Hinch; grandchildren, Blaise and Ada Keenan, Jane and Gib Walsh.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., and Sam’s Celebration of Life will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Brian Riggs officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider donating to the American Diabetes Association. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Some say condolences are just so many words and they may be right but here are some words that have helped me through the years when trying to cope with the loss of a loved one:
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Tom O'Lenick May 1 2022 10:02 PM

My condolences to the family, Sam will be greatly missed.

Percy Shultz May 1 2022 12:44 PM

My deepest condolences to Sam's family. Sam and I were classmates at King College. He was a good friend and an amazing athlete. Number 44 was style and grace in motion on the basketball court. Sam is gone much to soon, he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace my Tennessee friend.

FRANK BREMER May 1 2022 12:31 PM

Sam, My good friend, he will be sadly missed .

Don Fields May 1 2022 12:11 PM

My basketball hero. A great guy.

Roy Green May 1 2022 12:08 PM

I was a classmate of Sam's at Jacksboro High School, Class of 61'. However, when I got to know Sam much better was when he moved back to Tennessee a few years ago.
Sam, always a leader, organized a monthly luncheon get together with old team mates and friends. We all enjoy each others company and we loved Sam dearly.
Sam loved the Lord, his family and his friends. I know I will miss him dearly.
God bless the Hinch family.

John and Marcy Lay May 1 2022 9:29 AM

Sending prayers and condolences to the Family Sam, I only knew him as a young child, my mother Lena Roach was the sister to his Dad, I remember visiting their home only a few times, Its sad I never got to know very much of that side of moms family, My the family be blessed with the many memories they had with him

Derosa Linda Rettkowski Apr 30 2022 7:33 PM

I had completely lost touch with Sam but fondly remember our days together at King College. He was a fine athlete and a finer fellow, someone who seemed always of good cheer and positive outlook. Learning of his passing brought back some warm and winsome memories, something I strongly suspect Sam excelled at all his years as he created fond moments of remembrance. May a myriad of such times flood your hearts and bring some sweetness amidst the sadness.

Jim Casada Apr 29 2022 9:05 PM

I'm am so very sorry about this news. Was at King with him where he was the admired by all especially, for his basketball skills. I'll miss his stories about King that he shared. Good bye old friend. Godspeed 💗

Jae Breazeale Somerville Apr 29 2022 7:21 PM