Lydia “Buzzy” Hines, of Wrightsville Beach, died quietly on Nov. 3, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 92.
She was preceded in her death by her husband, Lt. Col. James “Bunny” Hines Sr. and daughter, Lea Gemmell.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1923, in Danville, Virginia. She graduated from Stratford College and UNC-Greensboro. She was a licensed pilot and a member of The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots. She was also a member of the Junior League. Her career included being in public relations with Henry Holt and Company, as well as Verne Burnette Public Relations in New York City.
She was also employed with the Greensboro News & Record. Her first job was in 1944 with the Political Action Committee to re-elect Franklin Roosevelt for a fourth term. She was a board member for The Travelers Aid Society and Family Services. She also volunteered with children with Cerebral Palsy in the 1960s at a center in Greensboro.
She is survived by her brother, John Bonitz Jr. and his wife Suzanne; children, Marshall Taylor Harper and her husband Stephen Harper, William Raymond (Trip) Taylor III and Katie Taylor Murdock and her husband Sonny Murdock; stepchildren, James Hines Jr. and his wife Linda and Ira Hines II and his wife Debby; grandchildren, Allison Harper Farmer (John), Taylor Harper (Kristi), Ross Taylor, Josh Taylor (Brittany), Austin Taylor and Will Taylor; step-grandchildren, Michael Hines (Alexis), Lathan Murdock and Lindsay Murdock; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family expresses sincere appreciation to the caregivers of Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or the charity of your choice.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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