Alta Lou Hinkle, 79 of Macclenny passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. Ms. Alta was born June 21, 1941 in Macclenny to the late Mr. Hugh and Irene (Wilkerson) Long. She was called to serve The Lord at the age of nine and she taught a countless number of people over the years in Sunday school at Raiford Road Church. Alta never met a stranger and took in many children, giving them a place to stay when they had no where to go. She was known by all as a prayer warrior and a true servant for God. In her free time, Ms. Alta enjoyed cooking for family and friends and crocheting.
Ms. Alta worked many years as a secretary for Cane Balkman in Jacksonville and for the Baker County Supervisor of Elections under Mr. John J. Barton and Mrs. Anita Crawford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters-in-law: Shirley Long, Becky Long, and Carol Hinkle; and her beloved husband of 54 years: Mr. Cletus Hinkle.
She is survived by her children: Michael Hinkle and Julie (Albert) Cox of Maccleny and LuAnne Hardee of Huntsville, Alabama; grandchildren: Garrett Hardee, Joel Cox, and Joshua (Sophia) Cox; great-grandson: Jamie Cox; brothers: Buddy (Marsha) Long of Lake Butler and Gene Long of Macclenny; sister: Carolyn Gainey of Macclenny; brother-in-law: Bob Hinkle of Missouri; as well as numerous other family members and friends.
The family will be receiving friends Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at Raiford Road Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am at Raiford Road Church with Pastor Johnny Raulerson and Rev. Eddie Griffis officiating.
She will be laid to rest following services at Macedonia Cemetery.
Hawke M.T. Forbes and H.M. “Hank” Forbes Jr. of Forbes Funeral Home are assisting the family with arrangements. “With Your Family In Mind”. 904-259-4600. Please leave your thoughts and condolences for the family in the online guestbook at www.forbesfuneralhome.net.
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