Deborah (Debbie) B. Hinton was the first of four children born to the union of Robert L. Hinton and Joan L. Hinton (nee Forney). She graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1971 and attended the Ohio State University.
After college, Debbie held numerous retail management positions. In recent years, she worked for REI and Sam’s Club. From 2008-2010, Debbie served as Assistant Manager of Field Operations for the U.S. Census Bureau office based in Cincinnati. It was a coveted position for her.
Debbie was also active in the community. She served 25 years as one of the coordinators of the Midwest Region Black Family Reunion.
As a faithful member of Lee Chapel AME Church, Debbie was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society and her love for children led her to serve as YPD (Young People’s Division) Director for a long period of time. For many years, she organized Lee Chapel’s Thanksgiving outreach event and received accolades from the church drivers for her effectiveness coordinating each aspect of this ministry. It was a ministry dear to Debbie’s heart. She loved seeing the looks of excitement on the people’s face as they ate, sang songs, and received gifts. She co-chaired Women’s Day for five years, designing and printing the bulletins. She used her outstanding organizational skills as project manager for many other church events including fundraising dinners and the annual Mardi Gras event. She directed several plays, was a contributing writer for the church newsletter Chapel Chat, and played on the Lee Chapel softball team. Debbie was loved by her church family and was a great leader and servant of God.
Second only to the Lord, Debbie loved her family. She put a lot of energy into bringing everyone together and keeping them connected. She never let important dates or events in the lives of family or friends be forgotten or go unacknowledged; and she treasured taking and collecting family photos and family heirlooms passed down through the generations. She also loved the broader Black American family, and was an avid collector of Black books, stamps, art and any memorabilia that documented the Black experience.
Last but certainly not least, Debbie was an accomplished seamstress, making most of her own clothes and sharing her talents by making clothes for family and friends. Debbie was always very stylish and impeccably dressed.
Debbie departed this life peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at age 67.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, James Thorpe. She is survived by brothers, Maurice (Danita) Hinton of Antioch, CA and Robin Hinton of Cincinnati, OH; sisters, Yolanda “Jinx” Hinton of Yorktown, VA, Brenda Winstead of Cincinnati, OH, Danita (Nic) Newman of Benson, MN and Amaris (Faith Lundin) Hinton of Fargo, ND; aunt Carole (Fletcher) Tukes of Montgomery Village, MD; nephew Diondre (Erica) Winstead; nieces, Danielle Hinton, Ganice Lyles and Ganene Young, and a host of cousins, other family members and friends.