Charles Leon Hines, more commonly known as “PawPaw Charles,” died on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. His sense of humor, goodwill, and genuine interest in others made him a favorite among many. Friends loved hearing all of his stories.
Charles was truly a man among men. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jo Boyd Hines, his high school sweetheart. He is also survived by three daughters, and one son, each of whom he routinely told was his favorite. They include Lesley (Billy) Clark and their sons, Ty (Meagan), Will and John; JJ May, and her children, Chris, Lee, Anna and Caroline; Tracy (Darin) Person, and their sons, Dalton and Drew. Charles is also survived by his son, Greg Hines, of Conway, Ark., whom he worked with for many years, and his daughters, Taylor (Nick) Smith, Hallee (Blake) Piechocki and their daughter, Sadie, and Lindsey (Jeff) Jackson and their son, Robert. In addition, Pawpaw Charles is survived by an honorary grandson, Daniel Kiss, who held a special place in his heart.
In 1971, Charles moved his family to Fort Smith, where he was the Credit Manager for Sears. He owned a local office equipment company before moving on to other occupations. Of all his enterprises, his favorite line of work was as a Petroleum Landman. He loved working with the landowners and always believed that every transaction had to be fair to both parties. In fact, he would work no other way. Charles’ belief in that work ethic resulted in many lifelong friends. He was a mentor to countless employees who worked for him over the years.
Charles was active in Leadership Arkansas and was an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He made multiple efforts in helping the children of Bolivia by arranging for the transportation of medical supplies to their country. Charles died at the age of 80, as a beloved friend and blessing to all who knew him.
Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. A party will follow at 4:30 p.m., in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Sebastian County Humane Society, 3800 Kelley Highway, Fort Smith, AR 72904, or a local charity that helps children.