Dr. Wilbur (Bodie) Hinton, Jr.
Dr. Wilbur (Bodie) Hinton, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at his home in Hattiesburg, MS. Born on January 28, 1921, he was 95.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie Jones Hinton.
He is survived by a large, loving family including daughter Cindy Bivins (John), sons Steve and Skip (Barbara), grandchildren Jeff (Louisa), Henry and Ben Bivins, Elizabeth Hinton Harwell (Russell) and Hal Hinton, great-grandchildren Libby, Fred and George Harwell, Trey and Noah Hinton, Isa and Lucas Bivins, and many nephews and nieces.
Bodie grew up in Tuscaloosa and received three degrees from the University of Alabama. He married his childhood sweetheart, Margie, while serving in the Army Air Corps. Following WWII, he and Margie lived in Tuscaloosa where he was director of the Tuscaloosa High School band. In 1956 he accepted the position of Director of Bands for Auburn University, leading the development of one of the nationís most respected marching bands before becoming head of the AU music department in 1969. Bodie and Margie retired from Auburn in 1984, receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award jointly.
Bodie was inducted into the Alabama Music Educators Association Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class in 2008, and was a long-time member of the American Bandmasters Association.
On Thursday, June 9, at 4 p.m. a celebration of Bodie's life will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 Church St, Auburn, AL. Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. preceding the service, in the parish hall.
There will be a visitation beginning at noon Friday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, 5434 Old Birmingham Hwy, Tuscaloosa, AL.
The family is considering a memorial to support the Auburn Alumni Band Scholarship Fund. Details will be forthcoming through the Alumni Band website. Bodie wouldn't want a fuss.
Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, MS is in charge of arrangements.