Janie Hinson

Janie Carol Hinson

Saturday, March 15th, 1947 - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
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Janie Carol Hinson of Catawba came into this world on March 15, 1947, kicking with confidence and running the roads in Macgill Village, where she discovered her creative talent by painting the fuel door on her father’s Pontiac, the only new car he ever owned, with tar. Her adventurous self was honed by riding the range in Draper’s Valley on an old ewe-hipped gray mare, saddle blanket only, cautiously borrowed from the barn. Her educational journey took her from Pulaski High School to Radford College where she earned a degree in English and a teaching license. She spent the next thirty-three years teaching English in Henry County, Virginia, first at Drewry Mason High School, then at Magna Vista High School where she also sponsored cheer leading, coached the English Academic Team, as-well-as directed theater groups.

Janie was the greatest big sister to Gary and Susan; always there with a hug, words of encouragement, and a loving nudge in the right direction. She afforded copious amounts of love and support to nephew, Warren Parker and niece Ellery Brett. She treasured the friendship of her best friends, Loraine Harding, Jeannette Gore, and Johnnie Mounts. We all – family, friends, former colleagues, and a host of former students she loved and cherished - will be forever influenced by her lengthy patience, generous nature, and open heart.

Per family wishes services will be private. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Janie’s memory. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting Arrangements handled by John M. Oakey and Son Funeral Home, Salem, Va. 540-389-5441.
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Gracie Agnew

Posted at 11:59am
Janie and I were "neighbors "at Drewry Mason. Our rooms were across the hall from each other, and we had a friendship that stretched beyond our shared passion of teaching English. I have so many wonderful memories of her, one that is forever etched in my mind is our trip to Europe with all of the adventures that we shared. Whenever we would get together, we would go down the memory lane of that trip and laugh as if it we were experiencing everything all over again. Oh to be able to talk with her one more time and laugh about our adventure in Paris with the handsome French gentleman who came to her rescue after a fall. I will miss Janie C, my intelligent, talented, caring, loyal, beautiful forever friend.

Gracie Preston Agnew (Gracie Gracie)

Randy Ramsey

Posted at 05:55am
She cared for us well at Drewry Mason. I remember her fondly and am sorry she is gone

Lynn Dunn

Posted at 09:49pm
Miss Hinson was my Senior English teacher at Drewry Mason 1973.We soon became more than teacher and student. We became close friends and I ask Miss Hinson to be in my wedding. She gladly accepted. She attended all my wedding showers. There was a driver education teacher at the school who we always wanted to hook Miss Hinson up with. His name was Mr. Copenhaven. They shared smiles and lunches but it didn’t go any further.She was a true friend. I am so sorry I did not know she was sick and close by. Rest In Peace my dear friend!

Steve Meredith

Posted at 01:58pm
I was a handful in high school and really didn't want to learn. Miss Hinson put up with me and was determined to help me, which she finally did. I ended up making good grades in her class which motivated me to do better in other classes. She was my favorite teacher at Drewry Mason High.

Holly Hinson

Posted at 11:20am
My Cousin was as everyone has attested to one of the most kind and loving human beings.... she had a smile that would light up a room... Easy to talk to yes she was......kind and very willing to help anyone.. she will be missed......Thoughts and prayers to Gary and Susan.....

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