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Thomas M. Hinkle

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Thomas M. Hinkle, 73, of Atlanta, GA passed away on November 10, 2021 after a hard battle with pneumonia. He was born February 24, 1948 in Moline, IL to Maxine and William Max Hinkle. Shortly afterward his family moved to Des Moines, IA where he grew up. He was very grateful for the supportive community there that filled in many gaps after the loss of his dad in a plane crash when Tom was 7 years old. 

He attended North High School and later graduated from Iowa State University. He was a devoted member of the SAE fraternity. He came to faith in Christ during his freshman year there and was involved with the campus ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Upon graduation in 1970, he joined staff with CCC and served with the campus ministry at The University of Georgia. He later served as the US representative for their Eastern Europe Ministry. He served with CCC (name now changed to Cru) for 33 years. The past 20 years he has worked in the marketplace in various capacities, most recently with Honest-1 Auto Care in Roswell, GA as a customer service associate. 

He exuded gratitude and had a contagious laugh and smile! He always had a word of encouragement to everyone he encountered along the way. He had a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ! He had a child-like faith and trust in a good Father who answers our prayers!

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Mary Hinkle; his sister Mary Kay (Dick) Grodt of Cedar Rapids, IA; his children, Rebekah Hinkle, Jennifer Mattis, Julia (Kelly) Goalby, Daniel Arvid (Averi) Magnuson and grandchildren, Eve Mattis, Stephen Mattis, Frances Goalby, Robert Goalby, Lemon Magnuson and Nora Magnuson. He is also survived by his niece, Stephanie (Kris) Peck and nephew, Eric Grodt. 

In his latter years he had the joy of connecting with relatives he did not know he had, Gary and Carolyn Johnson and Rita Johnson Crozier. His arms were always open wide to include others and make room for them in his heart and at the dinner table. He will be greatly missed by many who loved him and whose lives were deeply impacted by him.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Northlands Church in Norcross GA on December 4th at 10:30 am. Live streaming will also be available. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tom Hinkle may be made to Cru, Eastern Europe Ministry, or to Northlands Church, Norcross, GA, designated to help cover medical expenses.

13 Comments To "Thomas M. Hinkle"

Jim Rickenbacker On Dec 05 2021 at 11pm
I lived with Tom and his roommate Jeff in the summer of 1972 while doing an internship with Campus Crusade for Christ. A joyful, enthusiastic Christian believer with a vision to take Christ to the world and to those who roomed with him. That love stayed with him as cotless others attest around the world and in his home. Reply to this comment
Bill Rogers On Dec 04 2021 at 8pm
I met Tom at a Cru Christmas conference and later when he came and spoke to my fraternity brothers and me (SAE) at UGA. Tom demonstrated and lived out how to walk by faith and not by sight as he mentored me in my college years and beyond. He helped me develop a heart for the world through several overseas trips. I'm so grateful for his legacy. Reply to this comment
Kevin & Rahela Conway On Dec 03 2021 at 11pm
We are so grateful to have seen Tom in August the day before we flew back to Budapest, Hungary. If Tom had not recommended to John Rowell that Northside Community Church adopt the Bosnians as the unreached people group to whom they should reach out to, I would have never met my wife, Rahela! Tom was such a joyful and encouraging brother whenever we would see him (even when we knew he was going through a difficult time). This humble brother taught us so much. He was always "blessing God, Who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus" (Eph 1:3). Goodbye for now, dear friend! Kevin & Rahela Reply to this comment
Fr. Benedict Simpson On Dec 03 2021 at 6pm
When I began working for Honest 1 Automotive, Tom would often come and pick me up in the shuttle. We would boh engage in brief but very enjoyable theological talks. He was a person who exuded love for Christ and his fellow man. May God grant him perpetual rest with His saints! Reply to this comment
David Outten On Dec 03 2021 at 6pm
Tom truly was an encourager — something the world needs more of. He will be missed. Reply to this comment
Larry Okeson On Dec 02 2021 at 10am
Tom was the greatest, I admired him and his skills in leadership, I have to admit I was a little envious. I helped get Tom and Mary together. I was dancing with Mary at a wedding and I said to Tom come over here and take my place. Later Tom told me that the bells went off when they were dancing Reply to this comment
Lisa Alexander On Dec 01 2021 at 11pm
When I first met Tom, I thought that he "glowed like a light bulb" as he was talking about his ministry. Praying for the Lord to comfort the family as they grieve his absence in their lives. Reply to this comment
Barry Bouchillon On Dec 01 2021 at 11pm
When I was a new campus director with CCC at Georgia Southern, Tom was my director. He came for a campus visit -- things weren't going that well. Tom encouraged me by telling me that maybe what the Lord was doing was working IN me more than through me. He brought his tools and did some handyman stuff in our new home. The Lord used him to greatly encourage me and help me keep going. Tom believed in me when I was struggling. Tom modeled caring leadership and a love for people. I thank the Lord for Tom Hinkle. Can't wait to see him again! He was always full of life -- and He still is -- now more than ever. Reply to this comment
DAVID Faison On Nov 30 2021 at 5pm
Tom had an incredible impact on my life. He challenged me as I began my faith walk and was always there as an encourager. I am different and blessed because of Tom. Reply to this comment
Randy McLendon On Nov 29 2021 at 7pm
Tom Hinkle had a dramatic impact on my life. I was in CCC at UGA between 1972-1976 and was in his action group my last year. He obviously saw something in me that I had not seen and he put me in one of the leadership positions in the group. My direction changed and instead of going back into the family business as planned, I went to seminary and became a pastor. I met my future wife Joni in CCC. Tom's love of God and people was infectious. He was a joyous and fun-loving, deeply serious Christian who made himself available to minister to the lives of others. I love Tom Hinkle and will be forever grateful for his ministry in my life and the scores of wonderful people I had the privilege of becoming life-long friends with because of my association with Campus Crusade at UGA. My thanks and gratitude to you all. I regret not being able to attend the memorial service and personally deliver this message. Reply to this comment
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