Robert G. Hines, 83, of Hendersonville, NC entered into rest with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 15, 2015. He was born on November 18, 1931 in Knoxville, TN to the late Otis Boyd and Cecilia Coble Hines. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mary Peeler Hines, and his son, Larry Paul Hines.
Mr. Hines was a graduate of Young High School, where he was an All-State football player, and Vanderbilt University, where he was awarded a BA in Economics and Business. Mr. Hines continued his football career at Vanderbilt where he was an ALL-SEC player and was the 1953 Most Outstanding Athlete. He was also a participant in the 1953 Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. After Vanderbilt, Mr. Hines was drafted by and signed with the Green Bay Packers.
Mr. Hines also served as an Officer in the US Marine Corps.
During the early part of his career, Mr. Hines was President of Hines Laboratories in Knoxville. He also served as Chairman of the Laboratories Association of USA and Canada, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Chairman of Deacons for First Baptist Church, Knoxville and President of the Knoxville Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mr. Hines found the work in the later part of his life his most rewarding. He counseled and worked with high school student-athletes in Pawleys Island, SC and helped each of them discover and develop their unique talents as both students and athletes.
Mr. Hines is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lola Kearney Hines; his brother, Otis Boyd Hines (Oneita) of Knoxville, TN; his children, Gary Murrell Hines of Mineral, VA, and Suzanne Hines Keck (Richard) of Knoxville, TN; his stepchildren, Elizabeth Edwards of Hendersonville, NC and Ruthie Cole (Edward) of Highlands, NC; and grandchildren, Alexandria Moore, Savannah Keck, Olivia Cole and Margaret Cole.
A celebration of life will be held at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church at 11 am Saturday, July 25, 2015. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Bill Campbell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, 699 N. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC 28792; Four Seasons Elizabeth House, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731, or Hope Academy of Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 Rutledge Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739.