Paul Hinton, 94

- of Hemphill, Texas, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. He was an avid outdoorsman who felt every child should have the privilege of being introduced to the wonders of God's great outdoors. He taught this first to his children. In 1986, he founded the nonprofit "East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs" program. During the 20 years that he headed up this program, more than $370,000 worth of fishing-related products were given to East Texas youth, with more than 22,000 students participating in poster and essay contests, and 250 clean role models spoke in the participating schools. This program has been commended by former Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush, former first lady Nancy Reagan, former Governor Ann Richards, and many school superintendents, principals, teachers and parents. In 2009, Hinton was honored by Texas Parks and Wildlife through induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for his 20 years of service to youngsters. Hinton was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Pineville, La. to Pulaski and Ada Hinton, and attended Louisiana Tech with a Bachelor of Science in forestry and game conservation after being discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. While attending college, he met his wife, Orelle Baker of Stonewall, La. They moved to Pasadena, Texas, in 1950. After a long and successful career with Allstate Insurance, they moved to Toledo Bend Lake in Hemphill, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Orelle; daughter, Pauline Tom and husband, Ron, of Mountain City, Texas; son, John Hinton and wife, Helen Machuga, of Livermore, Calif.; daughter, Marsha Moon and husband, Bill, of Katy, Texas; five grandchildren, Tami Tom Zeiner, Ronda Tom Furrer, Nate Hinton, Jessica Hinton Heston, Holly Hauck Warren; and six great-grandchildren. He has been an ordained deacon for approximately 50 years, and for many years has been an active member of Bethany Baptist Church, Milam, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Starr Funeral Home, Hemphill, with funeral services there at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23. Graveside services will follow at Bethany Baptist Memorial Gardens in Milam. Hinton was dedicated to striving to involve youngsters in the outdoors to help keep them from drugs and alcohol. His desire was for any memorial contributions to be made to Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas with "Paul Hinton " fish" in memo. Address to be posted at a later date on These donations will be used to purchase fishing rods and reels for East Texas youth. Starr Funeral Home.

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In 1988 Dr. Jim DiNucci recognized that the at-risk children of Nacogdoches Texas desperately needed a Boys and Girls Club. By 1990, the first summer the club was in operation there were 30 members. Today the Nacogdoches club serves over one thousand members, has an average daily attendance of over 200, and is housed in a 1.5 million dollar, wholly owned Clubhouse! But that’s not all...this movement has spread from Nacogdoches throughout East Texas. Today there are 6 clubs in the Deep East Texas area, with clubs in Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Diboll, San Augustine, Hardin County, Polk County. Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas now serve over 5,000 children a year and have a budget at over one million dollars!

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