Sunday’s Obituary – William Joseph Hines III – Died 18-December-2007

Relationship to me: 2nd cousin, 1x removed

This obituary was published in the Morning Call on December 21, 2007 and can also be found online at


William Joseph Bill Hines III, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007. He was born, October 19, 1927, in Mt. Pocono, the eldest son of the late William J. Hines Jr. and late Helen E. (Roche) Hines. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Margaret Davis. As a youth, Bill was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was an altar boy at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Mt. Pocono. He worked with his father at the post office delivering and sorting mail during the early war years. Bill and some of his classmates graduated in early 1945 from Stroudsburg High School, so they could enlist in the service at the tail end of World War II. Bill entered the Navy at age 17 and completed his basic training in Sampson, N.Y. He completed training to be a radar operator and was then stationed aboard the U.S.S. Boxer CV-21 in the South Pacific Fleet. Following his honorable discharge from active duty in August of 1946, he remained with the U.S.N.R. until 1958.Bill also attended the Radio Television Institute in 1947-48 in N.Y.C. and then began 41 years of employment with Radio Corporation of America in Allentown (later purchased by General Electic). In 1947, Bill met the love of his life, Margaret Marge Davis, of Scranton, and the couple was married on February 19th, 1949 at St. Marys in Mt. Pocono. Initially living in Allentown, the couple purchased their home in Bethlehem in 1954 and have remained ever since where the family belonged to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church. Survivors: Bill was the loving father to three children, William B. of Myerstown, Mary Beth, Sherri M. of Bethlehem. He was also the grandfather to Kaitlin E. of N.Y.C.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Iris Hines of Johnston, R.I.; a nephew, Thomas Hines and his wife Melony, a grand-niece, Tia, of Greenville, R.I.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Clara Gross of Cresco. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas A. Hines of Esmond, Rhode Island in 1987.Bill was a baseball coach for Northwest Little League in the mid-1960s. Bill and his wife, Marge, were avid bowlers and were members of the Wednesday Night Boulevard Mixed League for over forty years. Additionally, Bill bowled on Thursday nights with the men’s Notre Dame Holy Name League. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 2124 in Allentown. He also enjoyed attending annual mini-reunions of the U.S.S. Boxer each summer for the last few years of his life. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a good friend to many who knew him and always a kind and gentle man. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Services: 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, December 27, in the Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, 1861 Catasauqua Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Viewing will be held 10-11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, in the church. Burial will be at Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Send online condolences to Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Bills name to the U.S.S. Boxer Veterans Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Jerry Aukland, Treasurer, 1870 Mary Rose Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648, or to the charity of ones choice to support veterans and their families.



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