Charles Monroe Hinkle
Charles Monroe Hinkle, 80, of Piggott, Ark., passed away February 2, 2017, at the St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
He was born on March 20, 1936, and was the son of the late Johnny Marvin and Della Belle (McCumber) Hinkle.
He was united in marriage to Millicent Blake on May 29, 1955, and to this union three children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Della, and his brothers, William Robert, Billy Hulan and Benny Keith Hinkle.
He is survived by his wife, Millicent Hinkle; three children, Charles Lane Hinkle and wife Janie of Piggott; Lisa Ann Lancaster and husband Lanny of Little Rock, Ark. and Thad Frank Hinkle and wife Michele of Russellville, Ark.; five grandchildren, Seth Lane Hinkle, Chase Owen Hinkle and wife Cori Hinkle, Grant Evan Lancaster, Carlee Hays Hinkle and Sydney Michele Hinkle; one great-granddaughter, Charli; niece, Janet White of Conway, Ark.; nephews. Jim Hinkle of Jonesboro, Mike Hinkle of Piggott, Scott Hinkle of Village Four Seasons, Mo. and Randy Hinkle and wife Pam of Piggott, along with many other relatives and friends.
Charles was a member of Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church where he was choir leader for more than 50 years. He loved singing and was a member of several quartets that performed at local churches and community events.
Charles had a career in the grocery business that began at Taylor's Grocery as a teenager. Charles was part-owner and manager of Rebel Market and later the Stewart Hinkle Value Market at Piggott. He very much enjoyed his customers and being a part of the local community.
Charles served six years in the Arkansas National Guard.
He was a member of the Piggott School Board from 1976 to 1981, served as President, and was proud to have participated during the funding and building of the then, new high school.
Charles had a life-long passion for animals -- chicken, pigeons, but mostly horses. As a young man, he participated in many local rodeos and calf roping events on his horse Smokey. Charles and Smokey were considered one of the best horse and riders in the area.
After retirement, Charles enjoyed raising miniature horses, which he often displayed in the Fourth of July and other area parades. He also enjoyed sharing them with elementary school children.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Mark Book and John Heigel officiating. Burial is in Piggott Cemetery. Pallbearers are Tim Boyd, Mike Hinkle, Randy Hinkle, Byron Moore, Blake Tanner and Brant Tanner. Honorary Pallbearers are Jack Cole, Deloyd Edwards, Bill Moody, Joe Underwood, Jack Blake, Charles Wright, Dan Winberry, Barry Johnson, Kirby Johnson and Tim Roberts. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggottis in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.