Linda Louise (Stokes) Hinson
Linda was born on July 25, 1951 in Andalusia, Alabama to Louise & M.V. Stokes, Jr. She graduated from Andalusia High School and was active in the Junior Civitan Club and Central Church of Christ. Linda graduated from Troy State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1982. She also attended Auburn University at Montgomery in the Registered Nursing Program.
Linda served in the U.S. Army as the first female assigned to a MAST crash rescue team at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and she was a Drill Sergeant at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. She is recognized in a display at the Army Aviation Museum and the Lyster Army Health Clinic at Ft. Rucker. Linda completed advanced paramedic training at University of Alabama at Birmingham. After leaving active duty, Linda had assignments with the Army National Guard and the Air Force Reserves. She completed her military career at the 85th Training Division, Chicago, IL and retired as a Staff Sergeant.
Linda began her civil service career at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. She also worked at O’Hare Army Air Reserve Station in Illinois and Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. Linda was selected as a part of the establishment of the Army Reserve Command in Atlanta, Georgia, and this command later moved to Ft. McPherson, Georgia. While at the Reserve Command, Linda held multiple positions, most notably in the Emergency Operations Center during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. She retired from civil service in 2008.
Linda was a staunch supporter of the Troy State and Alabama football programs. A dedicated Republican, Linda followed politics with keen interest. A loving wife, mother and friend, whose compassion was endless.
Funeral services will be at 11 AM Tuesday February 18th from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home. Minister Gary Davenport will officiate the service.
Linda is preceded by her parents, and her brother Mathew Van Buren Stokes, III. Her surviving spouse, L. David Hinson and her son Brandon M. Hinson of Augusta, Georgia. Linda’s extended family are Victoria and Dan Mackey of Indian Trail, NC and nieces Shannon Stanley, Lorna & Lindsay Stokes, and grand-niece Riley Stanley.
Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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