James Alvin Hinkle, 92, of Loves Park, IL, died Thursday evening, September 30, 2021 in his home with his family. Born September 21, 1929, in Neelyville, Missouri, the first son of Clara Augusta (Glasgow) and James Daniel Hinkle.
James spent 21 years living on the Missouri-Arkansas state line and worked as a taxi driver in Corning while working at his father's saw mill. James married Opal Mae Hayes of Corning, Arkansas on July 11, 1948. They spent three years in Aransas Pas, Texas, where James worked at United Carbon Company and a full service gas station. They moved to the Rockford area about 1953 where James worked at Barber-Colman before owning and operating his own water well drilling business. James liked to golf, fish, go to church, and spend time with his family.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clara and James; siblings, Essie, Bessie, and Walter; half siblings, Mary, Carl, Berry, and Tilda. Survivors include his wife, Opal; brother, John; half siblings, James Leon, Polly, Robert, and Caroline; two children, Jack Hinkle and Wendy Johnson; five grandchildren, Paula Knight, David Frew, Samantha Morse, Michael Littlejohn, and Albert Smith; four great-grandchildren, Kayla Frew, Felicia Bryant, James Bryant, and Lyra Smith; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial of his ashes was held Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Harlem Cemetery, Loves Park, IL, with Pastor Mitch Slayer officiating.
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