Billie Kay Hinton, 76, of Ft. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 4, 1936 in Ft. Thomas to Willie Hinton and LaVona Peck Hinton.
Billie Kay spent his life in Ft. Thomas, on the Goodwin Ranch. He graduated from Ft. Thomas High School, and then from ASU with a Bachelor Degree in Education. He was teaching school at the early age of 20. He then graduated from U of A with his Master’s Degree in Education Administration, but he was always a die-hard Sun Devils fan.
Billie Kay started teaching school in Pima and then he went to Ft. Thomas. He spent over 32 years teaching and over half of that time as the Principal of the Ft. Thomas Elementary School. He worked for the Tonto Cattleman’s Association for several years.
After retirement in November 2007 he started his partnership in the Bryce Mountain Ranch. During his retirement he broke four horses with his son, Riley.
He is survived by his sons, Wil (Patti) Hinton of Ft. Thomas and Riley (Lupita “Lou”) Hinton of Ft. Thomas; daughter, Heide (Collier) Hill of Tucson; grandchildren, Lacie Hinton, Tori Hinton, Erik Hinton, Tye Hinton, Kayla (Heath) Berryhill, Jayme Hinton, Jace Hinton, Cheyenne Hinton, Riley Hinton, Wacy James Hinton, Cydnee Hill, Caylor Hill, and Caleb Hill; great grandchildren, Hoyt Berryhill and Coltin Berryhill; one brother, James (Fauna) Hinton of Show Low; sisters, LaNell (Larry Sr.) Douglas of Eden, and Mary Beth (Bruce) Weddle of Ft. Thomas.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Ft. Thomas School’s Old Gym. Visitation will be on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Caldwell Funeral Chapel, 112 East Main, Safford, and one hour prior to services on Saturday in Ft. Thomas School. Interment will be in the Bryce Cemetery.
Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com