Hayward L. Hinzman, 94, of Lewisburg, WV, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016, after a long illness.
He was born March 9, 1922, in Gaston, Lewis County, WV, a son of Roy W. and Chaffie Warner Hinzman.
His family, that has gone on before him, is rejoicing while the ones left here on Earth will continue to carry on with a deep void in their hearts until they, too, are called to their heavenly home to be reunited once again. Hayward never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He has always been a gentleman, a devout Christian, and family man.
Hayward graduated from Weston High School in 1940. He worked for a time in Washington, D.C., before entering the armed services and becoming a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He then graduated from WVU with a degree in agriculture under the G.I. Bill. He spent 35 years working for Farmers Home Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, receiving many Superior Service Awards. He enjoyed helping people for 50 years.
He was a member of the Lewisburg Lions Club and Greenbrier Masonic Lodge No. 42, having served all of the offices in each organization. He was also a 50-year member of Lewisburg Chapter No. 14, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Lewisburg United Methodist Church and was the church’s longtime treasurer. He was a volunteer for 28 years at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, WV. He enjoyed the Hinzman, Steerman, and Callison reunions and going to livestock sales with his longtime friend, Hube Coulter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn; sister, Dorothy; brothers, Thomas, Orval, and Norval; and nephew, Jeff Taylor.
Hayward is survived by his wife, Emelie. He and his first wife, Evelyn, has two sons, David (Becky Jean) of Morgantown, WV, and William (Becky Sue) of Pickaway, WV. Other survivors include a brother, John (Joann) of Weston, WV; sisters, Maxine Smith of Greenbelt, MD, and Betty Cottrill (Jim) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; stepdaughter, Ronda Dolan (Tommy); stepsons, Robert Cooke (Donna) and John Mark Cooke (Wendy); grandchildren, Trey, Taylor, Eric, Michael, and Miranda; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg.
Services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, June 15, at Lewisburg United Methodist Church with the Revs. Rick Brown, Lloyd Camp, Tim Gainey, and Kenneth Baker officiating. He will be laid to rest beside Evelyn in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg.
The family is very appreciative of the care given at his home by his stepdaughter, Ronda Dolan, and the staff of Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home.
Memorials may be made to Gideon International, P.O. Box 1380, Lewisburg, WV 24901.
McCraw Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the June 13, 2016, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.