Emmett H. "Sonny" Hines, age 78, of Hephzibah, Georgia, after fighting a brief illness, joined his beloved wife on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Born in Webster Springs, West Virginia on October 14, 1940, he was a son of the late Emmett O. Hines and Flossie Marie Riffle Hines. He was married to his loving wife of 53 years, Emogene Bickel Hines until her death in 2016. A longtime resident of Madison, Ohio, he graduated from Perry High School in Perry, Ohio. After high school, he joined the United States Army and spent several years in Germany. After the Army, he met his wife, Emogene, and they married in 1963.
Throughout the years, he worked in several factories, then at Chuck’s Mobile for 20 years. Sonny then worked at Secor Nursery for an additional 20 years. Finally, he and Emogene decided to retire and move to Georgia. He was a lifetime member of the Lake County Rod and Gun Club in Ohio, and a member of the American Legion Post #120 in Waynesboro, GA.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Ken Swisher and Jimmy Kirk; a great-grandson, Gabriel Wray; and all five of his siblings. Sonny is survived by three children, Ceresa Kirk, of Hephzibah, GA, Ernie Hines, of Painesville, OH, and Regina Swisher, of Keysville, GA, nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Potti & Marc F. Burr Funeral Homes of Madison, 2726 Hubbard Road, Madison, OH 44057 with a burial to follow at Perry Cemetery.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the funeral home.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Potti & Marc F. Burr Funeral Homes of Madison. Obituary, online condolences, and memorial gifts available at www.marcfburrfuneralhome.com.
Published in The News-Herald on Jan. 6, 2019