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Mr. John Willie Hines, Jr.

March 3, 1945 ~ January 17, 2022 (age 76)

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"He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people's disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken."

                                                                                 Isaiah 25:8

The Legacy of Love


A Time to be Born

On March 3, 1945, in Swainsboro, GA, God blessed John Willie Hines and Carrie Lee Johnson Hines with a son. They named him John Willie Hines, Jr.

A Time to Live

John attended the local schools in the Screven County area and participated in the athletic program. He excelled in Football as the wide receiver which earned him recognition and trophies that remain in the school’s display cabinets today.  John graduated from Central High School in Sylvania, GA in 1965 and immediately enlisted in the United States Army.  He served three years active duty and close to 30 years in the U.S. Army National Guard Reserve. He was proud to become the first black 1st Sergeant in the Georgia National Army Guard. John believed in education, therefore, while in the Army National Guard, he continued his quest by enrolling in Continuing Education courses.  John studied at the University of Florida, Georgia Military College, and Savannah State University, studying mathematics. His love for sports offered him the opportunity to serve the youth in the Savannah Chatham County Community as a little league basketball and football coach. John also loved the Food Service Industry and he worked in that area at St. Joseph-Candler Hospital for more than 50 years.

A Time to Serve

John accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and  joined Jordan Baptist Church in Oliver, GA. He later joined Savannah Deliverance Center under the leadership of Apostle Charles Wilkerson, Sr. He faithfully served on the planning committee for the Chief Apostle’s Anniversary Dinner and later co-hosted the Pastor’s Anniversary. He and his wife, Phyllis were a team, working together in harmony serving God’s people. John also was an Ordained Deacon, President of the Businessmen’s Group, Finance Committee and a board member on The Supreme Council for Deliverance Evangelistic Centers of GA., Inc.

A Time to Love

At the age twenty-four, John met and married the love of his life, Phyllis Beaufort, on March 28, 1970. To this union, they gave birth to five children, one of which, Natasha, proceeded him in death as an infant. Deacon John Hines was a caring and supportive father and grandfather who loved his family dearly. He was a man of few words but when he spoke, his words were very impactful. One life lesson he consistently shared with his family was no matter where you go or what you accomplish “always remain humble.”

Remaining to love and cherish his dear memories are: A devoted wife, Phyllis Beaufort Hines; Two sons: John Willie Hines, III (Angela) of Dublin, GA; Terry Torrell Hines (Lakia) of Pooler, GA; Two daughters: Tammy Hines and Margo Hines, both of Savannah, GA; Five brothers: Artis Lee Robinson (Barbara) of Clyo, GA; Larry Smart (Lois) of Statesboro, GA; Raymond Hines (Rose) of Pooler, GA; Sam Brown of Waynesboro, GA; and Tony Brown (Shemeka) of Waynesboro, GA.; Two sisters: Shirley Hendrix of Savannah, GA; Bobbie Jean Brown of Waynesboro, GA; Devoted sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Diana & Vincent Jenkins, Sr.; Nine grandchildren, who all affectionately called him “Gran-gran”  Three godchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Time to Rest

Deacon John Hines was an obedient servant to God. He fought a good fight and finished the course, and on Monday, January 17, 2022, early in the morning, God called Deacon John Willie Hines, Jr. from earth to glory. Leaving behind examples of service for husbands, fathers, and friends, to emulate and cherish forever.

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday January 22, 2022 at Savannah Deliverance Center, 2115 Barnard St., Bishop Pierce Moore, Jr. Pastor/Overseer. Interment Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Public viewing Friday January 21, 2022, 3-6:00pm at the Chapel of Bynes-Royall. Masks and Social distancing required. 

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January 21, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bynes - Royall 204 West Hall St. Savannah

Funeral Service
January 22, 2022

12:00 PM
Savannah Deliverance Center, Barnard St

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