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Thomas Hines Jr.
  • June 09, 1938
  • -
  • April 30, 2020

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Thomas Washington Hines, Jr. was born in Jackson Mississippi on June 9, 1938.  His father was an amazing pool player who would frequent the pool halls of the time and challenge players knowing they would clearly lose.  Tom attended the US Naval Academy and did well.  He attended John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s inauguration celebration as a naval cadet.  In 1961, he graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Following his graduation, he served active duty in Da Nang, Vietnam as security officer.  There he witnessed the true horror of war.  He learned the local language and worked collaboratively with the local society to make the best of the situation.

 

After returning to the states, in 1972, he became the asst. superintendant at Florida Power and Light.  He remained with the company for 20 years and was one of the proudest positive employees.  He regularly spoke publicly about the technology and thinking that the organization proposed.

 

In the early 70s, he met the love of his life at a pool party at his apartment complex.  Amy Noles scolded him for bringing a glass container onto the pool deck.  Something sparked between the two of them and they married on August 16, 1974.  Both had been married previously, but this was a love that would last a lifetime.

 

One of Tom’s personal accomplishments was to be the Central Florida campaign manager for Ross Perot’s Presidential campaign.  He and Amy worked tirelessly to bring visibility to the unique character, Mr. Perot.  While the candidate did not win, the team behind him remained committed to his vision.

 

After leaving FP&L, Tom pursued a real estate career.  From 1994 – 1999 he worked for Prudential real estate and used his savvy salesmanship to help buyers achieve their goals.

 

In 1999, he officially retired.  While his relationship with Amy had ups and downs, they became each other’s best friends and were inseparable.  They lived in the home that Amy purchased on Wilkinson St. but always hoped to return to the Park Lake Circle home that they loved.  Both Tom and Amy dedicated theirs lives to their friends and their beautiful dogs.  They will be sorely missed.

 



Service

Location:
Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell Florida

Date & Time:
May 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM



Visitation

Times:
May 15, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



Location:
Baldwin Brothers Heritage Plac


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  1. 18 May 2020
    MICHAEL KOSSEGI says:
    tom,
    your friendship, love of country, amazing journey through life , will inspire me forever. I am HONORED to be a friend of yours. I will miss you . love you, miss you. mike.

  2. 14 May 2020
    Dale Shiver posted an image:
    Tom and Amy Hines - 1990s
    Tom and Amy Hines - 1990s

  3. 14 May 2020
    Dale Shiver posted an image:
    Tom and Amy Hines - 2010
    Tom and Amy Hines - 2010

  4. 14 May 2020
    Dale Shiver lit a candle:
    Lit since May 14, 2020 at 5:07:08 PM

  5. 14 May 2020
    Dale Shiver says:
    I will truly miss our friendship! Tom and Amy were like family to me and together they leave a huge imprint on my heart. I celebrate Tom's life and his reunion with his wife as they have returned to a place of unconditional love.

  6. 13 May 2020
    Ann Marie Leon lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2020 at 5:48:06 PM

  7. 13 May 2020
    Ann Marie Leon says:
    My Sweet Tom, I am at a loss. for you are gone and I will miss you dearly.
    But as you know you will always be in my heart forever, and there you will STAY.
    Love You,

  8. 12 May 2020
    Ann Marie Leon lit a candle:
    Lit since May 12, 2020 at 5:36:43 PM

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