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Ina Johnson Hinton

Ina Johnson Hinton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died Friday, November 27, 2020. A graveside service will be held at Union Line Cemetery in Jones County, Friday, December 4.

Ina Mae Johnson was born in Smith County, Mississippi, February 2, 1927, one of thirteen children, to Polie Jefferson (P.J.) Johnson and Minnie Hawthorne Johnson. She grew up in Taylorsville, Mississippi, and graduated from Stringer High School in 1944. After graduation, she worked at J. C. Penney, and later at Commercial Bank, both in Laurel, Ms.

On the way home on a bus one rainy night, she was offered the last remaining seat by John Hammond Hinton, who lived in Soso, Mississippi, and was on leave from the Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ina wrote in her keepsake book, “For me, it was really love at first sight. I never went out with anyone else after I met him.” After exchanging letters for almost a year, John was discharged, and they married June 26, 1949. They moved to Jackson, Ms., where John attended Millsaps College. After their first child was born, Ina contracted polio, and after spending weeks in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in an iron lung for treatment, she was able to return home. After John’s graduation, the couple and their young son moved to Alexandria, Louisiana, where their two daughters and youngest son were born before they returned to Mississippi in 1959.

After returning to Mississippi, Ina began her long association with The Clarion Ledger/ Jackson Daily News, holding the position of National Credit Manager when she retired from the newspaper to spend more time with her family. Ina was a wonderful cook (as was her husband John), and their table was always filled with wonderful food--fried fish, chicken, and oysters, gumbo, chicken and dumplings, baked redfish, fried frog legs, delicious cakes and desserts, and so much more. John had a garden every year, and even with a fulltime job, she canned or froze all the vegetables produced from the garden. She loved to go fishing—with a cane pole on a lake or pond, or salt water fishing with the family off Round Island in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the caretaker of all the Hinton pets—Irish Setters, English Setters, Cocker Spaniels, and a wide variety of cats, including her adored tabby cat for over a decade, Sabrina. Ina was always beautifully dressed, including wearing hats to church, and she also collected antique and new costume jewelry. Going to see movies in theaters was one of her favorite past times—some of her grandchildren’s fondest memories are of attending matinees with their grandmother to see movies which may, or may not, have had parental approval from their moms and dads!

After her beloved husband of more than 50 years, John, died of cancer, she continued to live in their house until April, 2011, when it was totally destroyed by a tornado. She was pulled from the rubble and, after healing from her injuries, she rebuilt another house on the same piece of land—one in which she lived until she passed away.

Ina is survived by her brother, Paul R. Johnson; her sister, Margie Johnson McLaurin; her children, Robert Michael (Bob) Hinton (Beckey), Susan Carol Hinton Lassiter, Elizabeth Anne Hinton Riley (Frank), and John Hammond Hinton (Wendi); grandchildren, Christopher Michael Hinton) (Melissa), Alissa Hinton Armstrong (J. R.), John Martin Lassiter (Lindsey), Amanda Riley Redditt (Will), Rebecca Riley Howard (Noland), Emily Lassiter Routh (Chris), Travis Ward Hinton, Nathan Taylor Hinton, Darcy Alayne Hinton, and nine great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the The Mustard Seed, 1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, MS. 39047


Ina Johnson Hinton
February 2, 1927 - November 27, 2020





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