The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Death Notices

March 16, 2014

Brian Tolbert Hinson

Published 3-16-14

ENID, OK — Funeral service for Brian Tolbert Hinson, 75-year-old Enid, Okla., resident, will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Andrew Phillip Long will officiate. A private family burial will precede the service in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.

Brian was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Enid to Dr. Bruce R. and Elizabeth (Henninger) Hinson and died peacefully Friday, March 14, 2014, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

He attended local schools and graduated from Enid High School with the class of 1957. He attended the University of Colorado, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history. While at the University, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Brian was previously married to the former Janet Jones on Aug. 20, 1960.

He attended the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science, graduating as Valedictorian of his class.

He returned to Enid to continue working at the funeral home that his great-grandfather, H.H. Henninger, founded in 1915. He worked with Jerome Allen, and after his passing, Brian and Jerome’s son, John Allen, became partners for many years.

In the late 70s, he also taught restorative art in the funeral service department at the University of Central Oklahoma.

All Brian ever wanted to do was work for the funeral home. He loved what he did and took great pride in taking care of the thousands of families he was honored to serve.

He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He served as past president of United Way, was an Oddfellow and quietly supported numerous local and national charities.

He is survived by daughter, Katherine (Hinson) Jordan and husband Doug of Tulsa; sons, Matt B. Hinson and wife Betsy of Enid and Adam Tolbert Hinson of Tulsa; three stepgrandsons, Cale, Connor and Lane Daughtery, all of Enid; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousin, Dr. Barton Carl and wife Beatrice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bruce Hinson; and infant sister, Betsy Hinson.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Mary’s, Dr. Shepherd and staff, his care-givers, Vera, Lauren, Bev, Drena and Naomi for their wonderful care. Also, thank you to the staff of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home for their support throughout this time. A very special thanks to Tom and Ruth Ann Sailors, Ruth Ann Burnett and Janet Wright for their friendship.

Memorials can be made through the funeral home to OMRF-COPD division or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Condolences and remembrances of Brian may be given to the family online at

(Submitted by family)

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