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Walter Howard Hinton

September 5, 1897 February 11, 1990
Walter Howard Hinton
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Walter Howard Hinton died Sunday, February 11th, 1990 in the Jackson County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Memorial Services for Walter will be held at the First Christian Church under the direction of Tims Funeral Home, with burial at the Snyder Cemetery. Rev. LaVern Draper, Rev. Carl McCoy and Rev. Joe Frederick will assist.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, John and Betty Julien of Howe, TX; a son and his wife Robert and Donna Hinton; two grandchildren, Holly and Howard Hinton of Altus, OK; two step-children and their families, Robert Oliver and Martha Jane Roberts; a sister and her husband, Harold and Maryruth Schoonover and their son, Victor Hinton Schoonover and family.

In 1971 he married Etta Oliver. She preceded him in death in June 1989. His parents, two sisters, Hazel Cartwright and Opal Crowe and a brother Ole Hinton preceded him in death. Walter was born September 5th, 1897 in Meadville, Missouri, the son of Dayton and Julia Stearns Hinton. He came to Indian Territory in 1901 with his parents.

He graduated from Snyder High School in 1917. After high school he attended Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma A&M he pledged Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Walter returned to Snyder and became the City Mail Carrier. Later he was employed by Wm. Cameron Lumber Co. He moved to Altus with the company in 1922. He was transferred to Lampasas, TX in 1927. He returned to Altus and became associated with the George Wright Lumber Co. He remained with the firm until it closed in 1976, at which time he was co-owner. Altus was a small town when Walter moved here. He believed in Altus and was instrumental in it's growth. He served on the committee which secured the Altus Army Air Field. He was a leader who helped in the re-activitation of Altus Air Force Base in 1951.

Through Walter's leadership Geo. Wright Lumber Co. built 13 housing additions to Altus. Hinton, Luderson and Mount purchased and developed 80 acres of land in southeast Altus. They gave five acres to the city for use as a building site for a hospital. Jackson County Memorial Hospital was constructed on this site. They also gave land for the Altus Garden Club facility on Park Avenue.

Hinton served as President of the Oklahoma Lumberman's Association and president of the Oklahoma Hardware Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and also President. He is a Life Member of the Salvation Army Board. He was a 33 degree Mason, a Shriner and received his 70-year pin in 1989. He was a past-President of the Altus Kiwanis Club and served many years on the United Way Board. He was a member of the Highland Heights Methodist Church.

Walter married Aletha Anderson in 1922. To this union two children were born, a daughter, Betty Jo and a son, Robert Howard. Walter maintained the high standards of his ancestral lineage. He was a descendant of Francis Cook, one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact, also a descendant of William Reade who helped establish the institution of higher learning, which became Harvard University. Walter was a descendant of Samuel Reed who served in the American Revolution. His maternal grandfather, Marion A. Stearns and his paternal grandfather, William H. Hinton, each served in the Civil War. Memorials may be made to the Altus Salvation Army. Walter Howard Hinton was a gentleman. Hinton was a 70-year member of the American Legion and a director of the Mountain Park Conservancy Board.

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