John Hines ’74

John Hines was born on November 28, 1952, at Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, and entered into eternal rest on September 21, 2022. John was pre-deceased by his parents, Samuel M. Hines and Rachel Carroll Hines. He is survived by his brother, Samuel M. Hines, Jr. and his sister-in-law, Laura H. Hines; his niece, Catherine Hines-McCormack and her husband, Albert McCormack; and his grand-nephew, Samuel A. McCormack.

John was raised at 3309 Alabama Avenue in Alexandria, VA, and although he moved to Charleston, SC, in 2007 following his father’s death, he remained involved with the lives of his dear friends on Alabama Avenue, all of whom fondly referred to him as the Mayor of Alabama Avenue.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria for over fifty years. He attended George Mason Elementary and T.C. Williams High School, graduating there in 1970. He then went to Davidson College and received his AB degree in French in 1974. He returned to Alabama Avenue in 1974 and lived with his parents while he began his career. John worked for the National Academy of Sciences where he was the Supervisor of Documents for the Survey of Earned Doctorates. He was with the National Academy for twenty-three years before retiring.

John was loved by so many family members and friends. He was a gentle, gregarious, social, and deeply caring person who made friends instantly. He was known by his friends by the attention he gave to their lives by calling, emailing, and sending greeting cards on all occasions. He was Hallmark Cards best customer! John kept in touch with so many people and he also helped them connect with one another. He will forever be remembered by his family and friends for his sly wit, great sense of humor and unwavering loyalty. He was our family historian and was the font of all memories for us. We will forever miss his special phrases and questions he would always say to us when we visited or talked on the phone: “Start from the beginning. Tell me the news.”

Visitation will be held at the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, SC 29414 on Monday, September 26 from 5-7 pm. Burial services will be in Wilmington, NC, at Oakdale Cemetery. There will be a Visitation at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, NC, on Saturday, October 1, from 2-3 prior to his burial. Visit our guestbook at