Born on Mar. 18, 1939, at her family’s homestead, Helen was the only living child of Sylvia and John Walton.
Helen grew up in Cornstalk, West Virginia and went to Williamsburg School, graduating in 1957. Upon graduation, Helen obtained a business degree at Bluefield College. Helen married her high school sweetheart, Charles Hinkle in 1959. Together they had four children and remained together (for 62 years) before death did part. They worked and raised their family in Virginia before returning to Greenbrier County (WV) in 2007. Helen had several paying jobs including baby-sitting, banking, and teacher’s assistant, but most of her work was dedicated to raising her four girls and maintaining their home.
Helen had a love for children, was an avid reader, and enjoyed her time in women’s groups such as the Red Hat Society and playing Mahjong. She was an active church member, most recently at The First Baptist Church of Fairlea.
Helen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles Hinkle; her daughters, Terry Gandy of Fredericksburg, VA, Cathy Stuple (Gary) of Stafford, VA, Lisa Hinkle (Satima) of Asheville, NC, and Jamie Matteo (Steve) of Charlotte, NC; her sister-n-law, Ada Gregory of Lewisburg; she is also survived by six grandchildren, David Gandy (Sylvia), Matthew Gandy (Sabrina), Telia Bannister (Sam), John Stuple, Madeline Matteo, and Giovanni Matteo; and four great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Elijah, Samson, and Madison.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in the Andrew Chapel UMC Cemetery Williamsburg, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made in her memory to Hospice Donate – Hospice Care (hospicecarewv.org)
Online guestbook may be signed at www.morganfh.net