Thomas Henry "Tommy" Hinshaw

                                                          ┌── Henry Luther Hinshaw
                                                          │    1863-1942 
                                ┌── Leak Bazzie Hinshaw ──┤
                                │    1915-2001            │
                                │                         └── Mary Lou Jester
                                │                              1873-1942 
Thomas Henry "Tommy" Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1937                         │
D: 2001                         │
                                └── Leatha Marie Huff
M: Hazel Beatrice Reece
   ├── Robin Lynn Hinshaw (1958-) 1,2,3,4,5
   ├── Ricky Thomas Hinshaw (1960-) 1,2,3,4,5
   └── Randall Todd Hinshaw (1967-) 1,2,3,4,5

Thomas Henry "Tommy" Hinshaw     [ID 10745] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Sep 24 1937, Yadkin County, North Carolina.2,6,7  

He married Hazel Beatrice Reece.2,5  Hazel, daughter of Edward Reece & Vernie Jester, was born Sep 13 1939.2,5  

At times in his younger years Tommy was involved in the moonshine whisky business with some of his Jester cousins.5  On one occasion, he and Walter Jester unloaded a load of moonshine whisky and moved part of it to two other vehicles, this being done in the parking lot of Howard's Grill (a local eating establishment) while two members of the Yadkin County Sheriff's Department and a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol all ate dinner at the Restaurant.5  He also related hiding many cases of moonshine whisky in his basement for his Jester cousins who were running from the law.  They were bold in their activites to the extreme.  At one time Tommy and his cousins had a moonshine whisky still less than 150 yards behind the Union Cross Friends Church in Yadkin County.  The good Quakers were unaware of the still being there for a long time.5  

Tommy was the owner of Hinshaw's Exxon and grocery on Highway 67 near Boonville, North Carolina.5  

Thomas Henry "Tommy" Hinshaw died May 15 2001, Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina.2,5,6,7,8  

Tommy died suddenly from an aneurism in his lower-left side.  On the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2001, he opened his store for business at 6:00 AM as usual.  About 9:00 AM he complained to his wife Hazel of not feeling well, so he walked to his home next door.  About 9:45 AM he returned to the store, bent over in pain.  911 was called and he was transported to Winston-Salem, NC via ambulance, but he went into cardiac arrest just before reaching the Hospital.5  

Tommy's death was noted on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 in the Winston-Salem Journal:8

BOONVILLE - Thomas Henry "Tommy" Hinshaw, 63, died May 15, 2001, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital.  He is survived by his wife, Hazel, of the home.  Arrangements are incomplete. Mackie-Reavis Funeral Home of Yadkinville is serving the family.

Tommy's obituary was published on Thursday, May 17, 2001 in the Winston-Salem Journal:5,6,9

BOONVILLE - Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Henry Hinshaw, 63, of 6428 U.S. Highway 67 died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Forsyth Medical Center.  He was born Sept. 24, 1937, to Leak B. Hinshaw and Leatha M. Huff Hinshaw.  He was in retail sales (gas and grocery) and was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Surviving are his wife, Hazel Reece Hinshaw; a daughter, Robin (David) Hinshaw Johnson of Yadkinville; two sons, Ricky (Issy) Thomas Hinshaw and Randall (Michelle) Todd Hinshaw of Boonville; four granddaughters, Hope Webb and Bridget Jenkins of Yadkinville and Krissy Hinshaw and Briana Hinshaw of Boonville; and a great-grandson, Evan Webb of Yadkinville.  Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Union Grove Baptist Church in Boonville, with the Rev. Kenny Gooden officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Mr. Hinshaw will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Mackie-Reavis Funeral Home, Yadkinville.  Memorials may be made to Union Grove Baptist Church Building Fund.

Social Security information for Thomas Henry "Tommy" Hinshaw: 243-54-7089


  1. Obituary of Leak Hinshaw; The Winston-Salem Journal, Feb 11 2001.
  2. Contribution from Barbara Vestal Byrd ().
  3. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000;
  4. Obituary of Tommy Hinshaw; The Winston-Salem Journal May 17 2001.
  5. Contribution from Ray Parker ().
  6. The Winston-Salem Journal, May 17 2001:
  7. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  8. The Winston-Salem Journal, May 16 2001:
  9. Contribution from Joyce Braswell ().

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