Nolan Leston Hinson, age 84 of Smithfield, NC passed away August 4, 2015 after a brief stay in SECU Hospice House.
He was born April 5, 1931 in Seven Springs, NC to the late Margaret (Maggie) Pearsall and James Robert (Rob) Hinson. He had eight siblings, five preceded him in death and three living sisters; Lois Grimes, Joyce Anderson (Norwood) and Jewel Halso. He attended Seven Spring High School and went into the US Navy where he was stationed in Hawaii and then at Camp Pendleton where he met the love of his life, Jo-Anne Lucas. They married and returned to North Carolina to begin their family. Together they had 4 children, Mary Ann Yansom and her husband Virgil, Robert Hinson, Amy Stanley and her husband, Jamie all of Smithfield, North Carolina and Dr. Patricia Hinson (Harris) of Farmville, North Carolina. They have 6 grandchildren, Stephen Harris of Wilmington, NC and Becca Harris of Farmville, NC, Ben Yansom (fiancé, Austin Whitley) and Matthew Yansom, Adam and Anna Stanley all of Smithfield, NC.
Nolan was self employed as an Independent Insurance Agent and ran his own business, Hinson’s Printing for many years. He was active in the Smithfield Civitan Club for many years where he served in numerous roles including secretary and treasurer. He was the founding father and visionary of Johnston County Industries, Inc which began in 1974. JCI has served his special needs son, Robert for nearly 40 years. His leadership and active involvement throughout its 40 year history has helped nurture and grow the company. He served as President and/or Chairman of the Board at various terms from its formation in 1975 to 1993. In 1993 he was then named President and Chairman and served in that capacity through 2003. He was a life member of the Board of Directors for JCI. Though his commitment and dedication to supporting persons with disabilities, his leadership has enabled the company to grow from a company helping 4 people to a company helping over 1,000 people each year. His work at JCI has had a positive impact in the lives of tens of thousands of people facing the challenges of a disability.
Nolan was a faithful member of First Christian Church, Smithfield, NC for over 50 years. He served multiple roles in the church over the years including deacon, elder, chair of the board, and most recently served as a trustee and elder emeritus. He served as the Chair of the Property Committee and was instrumental in the building of the church’s fellowship hall in 2001. His life was a testament to his Christian commitment. His involvement in the church was a reflection of his ministry to others and to this community.
He is survived by his wife, three sisters, four children, six grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Johnston County Industries Nolan Hinson Memorial, SECU Hospice House or First Christian Church Memorial Fund. The service will be at First Christian Church, 1001 Crescent Drive at 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 6 and visitation to follow. Burial will be at Wayne Memorial Park at 10 AM on Friday, August 7.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at parrishfh.com.