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Elmer Lee Hinton

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Memorial services for Elmer Lee Hinton, Jr., 90, a longtime resident of Roswell who currently resided Portales, will be at 2 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Roswell, NM. Interment will follow in the First United Methodist Church Garden Columbarium.
Elmer Lee Hinton Jr. (E.L. Hinton Jr.) was born to Elmer Lee Hinton and Troy Hamman (Kenmore) Hinton on May 9, 1927 in Encino, New Mexico, and went to be with God and his wife, Wanda on Nov. 6th, 2017 in Portales, NM. He attended Encino Schools and when he graduated from high school, he attended and graduated from Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute. Then he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. After World War II ended, he went to college at the University of New Mexico. Military duty called him again, and he enlisted in the Air Force  for the duration of the Korean War.   Then he attended Eastern New Mexico University and graduated with a bachelor’s of accounting degree.
At ENMU he met Wanda, the love of his life, and they married on February 14th, 1953 in Causey, NM. E.L. and Wanda made their home in Hobbs, NM where he worked for the Rinker and Rudolph  accounting firm. To E.L. and Wanda two sons were born, Troy and Alan. E.L. and Wanda were very involved in the education and extracurricular activities of the boys, always attending their events and sports activities. One year, Troy and Alan were on the same Little League team and E. L. and Wayne Stanley coached the team. That team took first place in their league.
E.L. was a member of the United Methodist Church in Encino, New Mexico. He and Wanda saw that their sons receive the lessons they needed at the Trinity United Methodist Church in order to make their own decisions about the love and forgiveness of the Lord. E.L. also helped as a leader in Boy Scouts and helped his sons learn about the outdoors, camping and being prepared.
As time progressed, E.L and Wanda spent their time working, and working for God in their church as leaders in Sunday School, mission trips to rebuild homes damaged in storms or homes where less fortunate people lived in substandard housing.
E.L was preceded in death by his wife Wanda, brothers, John and Herman and his sister Evelyn Swindell. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Pat Cobb and Dixie Hinton, sons Troy Hinton and Alan Hinton and daughter-In-law, Melinda Farmer. An uncle, Darryl Kenmore, a few cousins, four grandkids, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
E.L was a rock and example for all of this family. We will all miss him but look forward to reuniting with him and other family members when we get there.

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