Joyce Ann Hinson

September 24, 1946 - March 22, 2024
Joyce Ann Hinson

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Joyce Ann Hinson, lovingly known as Joyce, was born on September 24, 1946, in Cumberland County, NC. She peacefully passed away on March 22, 2024, in Wilmington, North Carolina, at the age of 77, surrounded by her family.

Joyce was a devoted wife to her husband of 59 years, Walter Lewis Hinson, Jr. Together, they created a lifetime of memories and shared countless joys and sorrows. Joyce was also a loving mother to her son, Waylon Hinson, who brought immense pride and joy into her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Lee McDonald and Myrtle Lucas McDonald, her beloved son Kevin McDonald Hinson, as well as her siblings, Daniel Lee McDonald, Linda M. Crisp and Phyllis M. Hodges.

Joyce leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her family, including her son Waylon Hinson, and her grandchildren Summit Hinson, Braven Hinson, Rollins Hinson, and Brooke Hinson.

The family will gather to remember and celebrate Joyce’s life on Friday, March 29, 2024, from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. During this time, they will share stories, offer tributes, and honor the beautiful life of Joyce.

May Joyce Ann Hinson rest in eternal peace, knowing she was deeply loved and will be forever remembered by those whose lives she touched.

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  • March 30, 2024
    Nina Kragnes Hinson says:
    I have been struggling to find the words to express how much Joyce Hinson meant to me.💔😢 …. So here we go… picture this: I was 19, a carefree sophomore in college at ECU, and was headed to Wilmington for a quick little road trip with this guy I recently started dating (and I’m fairly certain his brother Kev and a friend or two probably hitched a ride with us). We were going to swing by his parents house, just for a quick pop in, so they could say hello, raid the fridge for some home cooked leftovers, maybe grab some clean clothes, and then we’d be on our way. So needless to say, it wasn’t a big formal “meet the parents” type of thing. But that is the day I met Joyce 🫶 And I remember warmly thinking to myself after I left there, “well, what a sweet little pleasant lady she is”, and I just immediately felt a connection to her… Little did I know that 10 years later, I would have “popped in” for 100s more visits, and she would become my mother in law. And then a year after that, I’d welcome her first grandchild into this world and would make countless more memories with her. Although my marriage to her son Waylon eventually didn’t work out, the connection I felt to HER never left my heart… Maybe because of our joint love for the boys. She was there the day Summit was born, and when Braven and Rollins were born, she actually lived with us for a few months, because well, we would not have survived without her! From keeping 2-yr old Summit entertained while we tended to twin new born babies, or vice versa. She helped change diapers in the middle of the night, would check on one crying baby while I nursed the other. She helped with the dishes, laundry, groceries, toy pickup, etc etc. She happily helped us with it all, and quite often while softly humming a lil tune to herself in her head. I always loved overhearing her do that. You could tell she felt happy just being there to help out. That’s the kind of giving and caring person she was. She loved her grandsons so very much, you could see it in the way she interacted with them, and loved watching them learn and grow over the years. They always brought her such joy. She loved simple things, like… Little Debbie Banana Twins. A fresh homegrown vegetable. Anything chocolate. The natural beauty in a tree, a plant, a flower. The giant hydrangea bush in her backyard. Fall leaves. The mysterious beauty of the moon in a clear night sky. Oftentimes she’d text me, “hey Nina don’t forget to look up at the moon tomorrow night, it’s gonna be a (fill in the blank) moon!” She loved reading on her kindle, listening to audio books, and keeping up with current events. She loved new adventures, or just a simple walk in the park. I am proud to say that her and I were very much alike in a lot of ways. Joyce, cancer may have taken you away from us WAAAYYYY too soon, but I find a teeny bit of peace in knowing you are reunited with your son Kev, and all of your other family members that you lost over the years. I promise to always remind our boys how truly special you were, and how much you cherished every moment with them. We will all carry you in our hearts, always and forever. I love you Joyce 💔🙏💔 ~Nina

  • March 28, 2024
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  • March 26, 2024
    Chandler Charles says:
    Her and Dub (Walter) have helped me and mama Pat (Dub's sister) out so much during our lives. My mother has passed also and she cared and thought of Joyce in the highest regards. I'm just so thankful for the good memories , her love will continue to help strengthen me in this life. I want to hug Dub but am out west on trucking job.

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