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Earl Cantrell Hines, 91, cofounder of Hines Construction Company

Earl Cantrell Hines
Earl Cantrell Hines

WILMINGTON — Earl Cantrell Hines, 91, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends.

Earl was born Dec. 21, 1927, to Marie Cantrell Hines and Risden Hines in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Elyse Pike Hines; brother, J.D. Hines; and sister, Cora Brundage.

Earl graduated from Spartanburg High School. Earl served two years in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Earl was married to Elyse Pike Hines, the love of his life, in 1953. Earl and Elyse spent a large portion of their life at their beloved lake house in Lake Lure, North Carolina. Earl and Elyse enjoyed traveling the world. Their life together was an amazing adventure.

Earl was a 32nd degree master mason with the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Earl was a member of the Spartanburg Shrine Club of the Hajez Temple. He had the honor of serving as the president of the Club in 1966. In 1945, Earl was cofounder of Hines Construction Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1987.

Earl is survived by his children, Paula Mitchell, and her husband, Marvin of Parker, Colorado, Elyse Meyer of Wilmington and Tim Hines, and his wife, Tonia, of Wrightsville Beach; five grandchildren, Ryan, and his wife, Taylor, Ashley, Kevin, and his wife, Mandy, Adeline and Ashton; and great-grandson, Parker.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, June 7, at the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, 2 West Fayetteville St., Wrightsville Beach, with the Rev. Patrick T. Rabun officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood Glendale Road, Spartanburg.

Earl’s family would like to thank Wendy Hobbs for her never-ending support and care for Earl. Her efforts gave Earl his freedom and the opportunity for continuous adventures!

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service.

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