Promoted to Glory: Commissioner Harold Hinson
Commissioner Harold Hinson was Promoted to Glory on Sunday, August 21, 2022 from Melech Hospice House in Tampa, Florida. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.
Commissioner Hinson was born in Arkansas, but he grew up in High Point, North Carolina, the son of J.K. and Priscilla Hinson, long time soldiers of The Salvation Army’s High Point Corps. He entered the College for Officer Training and was commissioned with the Soul Winner’s Session in 1955. He married session mate Betty Morris in 1957, and they began their ministry as Corps Officers in Staunton, Virginia.
They also served in the Bluefield, West Virginia Corps before Divisional Headquarters appointments in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma, and Birmingham, Alabama. As Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary, he served as The Salvation Army’s National Relief Coordinator for the devastating Guatemala earthquake in 1976.
He served as the Divisional Commander in Georgia and Florida, as well as Territorial Program Secretary and Chief Secretary for the USA Southern Territory. In 1994, he was appointed as Territorial Commander of the USA Central Territory until his retirement in 2000.
Harold served on two High Councils, helping to elect The General, and prior to retirement, he was the senior commissioner in The Salvation Army world. He was a respected and innovative leader who stood by his convictions. Everyone knew where Harold stood on an issue and that they would be treated honestly and fairly. Betty’s and his ministry included a heart for people, visiting and calling people when they were hurting that extended throughout retirement. They were the ‘chaplains’ of Winding Creek Drive where they lived for over 20 years in retirement.
The Hinsons have two children, Lt. Colonel Dean Hinson, Divisional Leader of Arkansas and Oklahoma Division, married to Lt. Col. Pam, and Mr. Doug Hinson, retired partner with Alston & Bird, married to Michelle. They have five grandchildren: Joshua, Jesse, Jeremiah, Jake, and Emmalee; as well as nine beautiful great grandchildren. “Dad loved people, and people of all ages knew it.”
The Celebration of Life service will be held at the Tampa Corps on Tuesday, August 30 at 10:00 am, with a viewing prior to the service beginning at 9:00 am. The Celebration of Life will also be streamed from the Tampa Corps Facebook page.
A viewing will also be held at Blunt and Curry Funeral Home (3207 West Bears Ave. in Tampa) on Monday, August 29 at 6:00 pm, and the committal service will be held on Thursday, September 1 at the Westview Chapel in Atlanta.
Cards of Condolences can be sent to Discovery Village at Tampa Palms, 17470 Brookside Trace Court, Tampa, FL 33647.