Pastors' Memoirs

William Edward Hindman, 1929-1995

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William Edward Hindman was born in Niles, Ohio, November 8, 1929, and died on May 12, 1995. Following graduation from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, my friend, Bill Hindman, served the following charges: Prince George, Trinity, Disputanta, Matoaca, Chincoteague, Isle of Wight, Bethel-St. Matthew, Bowling Green, Sherbourne, Trinity, Petersburg, Richmond, Dillwyn, and Rehoboth Parish.

While in Bowling Green, Bill was the founder of the first library in Caroline County. A keen mind, Bill served as a chaplain associate at Chippenham Medical Center, and presented brilliant papers for our work in a clinical setting.

Bill had much personal tragedy: a wife killed in an accident which almost took his life; cancer 17 years ago from which the doctors said he would not survive; a near heart attack at Dillwyn because of a defective flue from the furnace, calling himself a survivor.

Bill served well in his several appointments. He had a keen sense of pastoral concern for his people. Bill loved railroading, and had a good collection of model trains. Once he arranged for me to ride on a real railroad engine from Dillwyn to Bremo Bluff and back, a 17-mile run -- it was a thrill for him and for me. When I was his district superintendent, Bill would drop by to see how I was doing. Even district superintendents need friends!

Bill is survived by his wife, Carole Diggs Hindman; one daughter, Rachel Buchanan; and three sons, John, Lee, and Mark.

Services were held at Bethel Church, Bethel-St. Matthew Charge, at Mathews, Va., on May 15, 1995, with the Rev. Amos S. Rideout, Jr., his district superintendent; Dr. Henry M. Matthews; Keith Brown, assistant pastor on the charge (Rehoboth Parish); and Henry E. Riley, Jr., a longtime friend. Burial was in a nearby family-community cemetery.

-Henry A Riley, Jr.



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