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Talmadge Gray Hinkle Passes Away

, N.C. -- Mr. Talmadge Gray Hinkle, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born June 4, 1924, in Forsyth County to Sanford Oscar Hinkle and Fannie Crater Hinkle.


He graduated from Griffith High School and attended High Point College before serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II. After the war, he began his business career with Hinkle's Inc., the company founded by his father in 1925. He served as chief executive officer until his retirement in 1993, when the company was sold to Alco Standard Corp. and Lucas Brothers. He was a founding member and a past president of Carolina Office Products, served as Governor and Lt. Governor of National Office Products Association, and was a past president of the Retail Merchants Association. He was a former member of Old Town Club and Twin City Club and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. A member of Centenary United Methodist Church, he served on the Board of Trustees, the Administrative Board, the Centenary Seventy, and was a member of the Chapel Sunday School class and usher team.


He had a keen interest in and love for horses and for many years bred American Saddlebred horses. He was particularly fond of his breeding stallion, Germ Warfare, who produced two-times (1990 and 1991) World Champion of Champions Five Gaited Pony, Trouble Two.  

Mr. Hinkle is survived by his wife, Ann Clodfelter Hinkle; two daughters, Melissa Ann Hinkle of
Greensboro and Deborah Hinkle Thompson (husband Randall) of High Point; a son, Talmadge Gray Hinkle Jr. (wife Susan York) of Winston-Salem; and grandchildren, Anna Gray Hinkle, Mary Charlotte Hinkle and Austin Ray Thompson. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Hinkle Doby and Rebecca Hinkle Shore; a brother, Sanford Oscar (Pete) Hinkle Jr. (wife Mildred); a sister-in-law, Betty Sue Clodfelter Proctor (husband Jerry); a brother-in-law, Weldon E. Clodfelter (wife Barbara); and many nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Centenary United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Jack Yarbrough and Dr. Robert Nations.


The family will receive friends in the church auditorium following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem NC 27103 or Centenary United Methodist Church, Music Fund or Community Fund, 646 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101. Arrangements are by Salem Funeral Home.


Editor’s note: Obituary from Winston-Salem (NC) Journal

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