David B. Hinderliter, 77, passed away on March 16, 2017
David Burton Hinderliter, 77, of Jekyll Island, Ga., passed away peacefully at his home on March 16, 2017 surrounded by his wife and daughters.
He is survived by: the love of his life and wife of 55 years, Carolyn; their daughters, Tanya Hodgson, Lisa (Bryan) Wormley, and Lesley Hinderliter; his grandchildren, Nicole (Logan) Beasley, Tyler Hodgson, Kelsey Hodgson, David Quay, and Reagan Wormle; a new and first great-grandson, Banks Taylor Beasley; his brother, Richard (Leila) Hinderliter of Gladstone, Mo.; and his sister, Diana Rockhill, of Green Bay, Wis.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
David was the son of Robert Verl and Aileen Burton Hinderliter, and was born in Tulsa, Okla. on Nov. 3, 1939. He spent his childhood in Wichita and was a graduate of Wichita High School North. He participated in several sports in high school and was an athlete throughout his life. He starred on the swim team at Wichita North High School and held a number of school records for years, later earning a swimming scholarship to Kansas State University.
Boy Scouting was a very important part of Dave’s youth. He joined the Cub Scouts in 1949, earned his Webelos badge, crossed over into Boy Scouts, and became an Eagle Scout. His love of nature and the great out-of-doors was enhanced by annual Scout trips to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and by hiking the trails of Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. As an adult, Dave enjoyed helping several other Scouts become Eagles. For years, he enjoyed being a resource and support to the Boy and Girl Scout troops of Dawson County, Georgia.
Dave was a loyal alumnus of Kansas State, receiving a degree in Business Administration. He was a member of PiKappaAlpha Fraternity where he made many lifelong friendships. Dave was Captain of the KState Swim team, and held several school records when he graduated. He returned to swimming while in his 70s when he joined the Brenau College Masters Swim team. In 2013, he qualified to swim in two events at the National Senior Olympics in Cleveland, Ohio.
After graduating, he married Carolyn Sue Banks and moved to Kansas City, Kan., where he began a 36-year career in sales and management with Procter and Gamble. After four years in Kansas City, Dave was transferred and his growing family moved to Lilburn, Ga. A lifetime of lively and fun times were had! Camping, sailing, hiking, birding, traveling and canoeing were family times he cherished. He was a dedicated husband and father and his family was his priority. Dave began the Lilburn Lions Swim Team and helped form the Gwinnett County Swim League. Many summers were spent coaching and he enjoyed that entire family and community experience immensely.
For over 30 years, basketball was Dave’s primary exercise and hobby - he awoke very early three mornings each week to drive into Atlanta to play. He often said that he enjoyed the camaraderie and breakfasts shared as much as playing basketball. After the age of 55, he played on a senior team that competed in the Georgia Senior Olympics. For 14 years, their team won the State competition in their age group and qualified to represent Georgia biennially at the National Senior Olympics.
Prior to his retirement from Procter and Gamble, Dave and Carolyn relocated to Dawson County, Ga., where he was dedicated to many conservation causes. During the next 28 years, he accomplished many things. Dave formed The Dawson County Tree Committee to write a tree ordinance for the County and saw it passed, put into place, and enforced. The Committee continued to work on projects for many years beyond the tree ordinance. In 2015, Dave received the Tree Preservationist of the Year award. The County Commission also recognized him for “14 years of leadership and service, and for efforts to maintain the natural beauty of the County.” He was a true conservationist and preservationist and did all he could to protect the environment.
A member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dawson County, Dave served as chairman of various ministries and sang in the choir. As a member of “Bethel Outreach Bunch,” he helped elderly members of the church with home repairs. Throughout his lifetime, Dave was an advocate for women, women at risk, and children. To some of those people, he was thought of as a hero.
Dave was a member of several organizations and served on several boards such as The Dawson County Art Council, RicRack, Keep Dawson Beautiful, and the Dawson County Mentoring Board. Dave was one of the original planners of the Dawson County Mentoring Program and was a mentor for several years. He was a charter member of the Dawson Community Chorale, and served as president of the Chorale for most of 12 years. Dave loved singing, planning the concerts, and his many friendships made there.Dave and Carolyn spent increasing time at their favorite get away, Jekyll Island, Ga., and lived there about a third of the time between 2000 and 2015 until they made it their permanent home. Uniting and celebrating with friends and family became the highlight of Dave’s last two years. His great sense of integrity, strong values, practice of intolerance and equality, and his deep generosity will endure and carry on within and through those who love him.
The family cordially invites you to join them for a celebration of Dave’s life at 2 p.m. on June 30, 2017, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 100 Campground Road, Dawsonville, Ga.