Long-time Local Businessman Charles Hinkle Dies at 80
Long-time local businessman, gospel singer and community leader Charles Hinkle of Piggott died Thursday, Feb. 2, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was 80 years old.
Hinkle enjoyed a lengthy career in the grocery business in Piggott, first starting at Taylor's Grocery as just a teenager. Later in life he was part-owner, and manager, of the Rebel Market and then the Stewart-Hinkle Value Market of Piggott.
He was a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard, serving six years in uniform. Hinkle also served as a member of the Piggott School Board from 1976 to 1981, including a term as president. He often noted he was proud to have served during the funding, and construction, of the new high school building which opened during his tenure on the board.
Hinkle also had a life-long passion for animals, including chickens and pigeons, but his greatest love was for horses. As a young man he participated in many local rodeos and calf roping events on his horse Smokey. After he retired, he enjoyed raising miniature horses, which were often featured in the Fourth of July Parade and on visits to local school children.
He was also a member of Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church, and served as choir leader for more than 50 years. Known for his singing voice, he was a member of several gospel quartets which performed at local churches and community events over the years.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott. The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.