In Loving Memory

Christopher M. Hinton

November 28, 1951 - March 9, 2024


Always eager to be at the beach, dark-thirty Saturday morning on March 9, 2024, Chris Hinton was in his element, doing what he loved to do best, fishing from the shore of Orange Beach. In his estimation, it was as near to Paradise as Alabama could provide. Adding to the excitement of this day, the pompano were running. Chris snagged one early on. Then came the thrill of the fight and successful landing of a 42” Redfish on the beach. Is this a fish story? Just look at that picture! The catch, a photo, and release back into the water.  The fight was fierce enough to twist and tangle the lines of two poles. Although there was nothing extraordinary about a snarled line, most unexpectedly while he was unknotting the lines, the LORD reached down and called Chris into His Heavenly Paradise. His fishing buddy, Doug Vermeulen, rushed to his aide, but Chris was already present with the LORD.

Born on Mare Island, California, Chris moved extensively as a child because his father was in the Navy. Constantly on the move with his family, he lived in mostly coastal areas, all over the United States as well as Guam.

Chris is predeceased by his father, William Ralph Hinton and mother, Violet Beatrice Cathey; and brother, William R Hinton, Jr. (Debbie). He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Janet Bryan Hinton; son, Cory Michael Hinton (Casey); brother, Larry Hinton (Wanda); sister, Cathey Hebert (Alan); two granddaughters, Camille and Caroline; nieces and nephews, Stacy Welch (Jimmy), Christy Eller (Ryan),and Chad Hinton (Devon), great nieces and nephews as well as several cousins; and his many friends; as well as his dog, Ziggy, who is inconsolable.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, with a BFA in Graphic Design, Chris enjoyed a long career in the jewelry industry and was primarily employed by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry of Louisiana as a manager and diamond buyer. In his later career, he was employed by Sid Potts Private Jewelry of Shreveport. In his mid 60’s Chris desired a change and he and his wife moved to Fairhope, Alabama where he established a successful private jewelry business, CMH Designs which primarily helped countless young couples design their custom dream engagement rings. Simultaneously he became a successful Realtor with Exit Realty Gulf Shores affiliating with Brokers Tom and Tony Stanton and their son, Tommy.   In 2023 he was a member of the Exit Realty Gulf Shores   $4 million $ club and was #5 in top listings for Exit Realty Gulf Shores. Just last week he passed the ABR exam to be an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, adding to his expertise in real estate. He never stopped trying to get better at everything he did.

Chris loved the LORD Jesus and served His church as an ordained Deacon.  He served as a Bible Study Fellowship Group Leader for many years in Shreveport and continued to enjoy BSF in Fairhope.  Service was his gift. He loved to help others, daily looking for ways of assisting others. He was a humble, selfless, gentle, quiet, faithful, steadfast, and dependable man of many talents, who just quietly went about seeking to help whoever needed a helping hand. His life on earth was full of God’s grace which he poured out on others. We give thanks to God for the life of Chris Hinton. In life and in death he belongs to the LORD. 

Chris would encourage you:  Today is the day of salvation. “Today if only you would hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” Psalm 95: 7-8

There will be a service to celebrate Chris’ life on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Mars Hill Church, 17176 Greeno Road in Fairhope, AL at 12:30PM, with a visitation before the service beginning at 11:30AM. Burial services will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making memorial donations to Mars Hill Church, Fairhope Campus, 17176 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 or online at; BSF International or to the charity of your choice.

“Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live;” John 11:25

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Patricia Welty

    Bob and I only knew Chris for a few years as neighbors. But when we wanted to sell our home he was the best choice for us. He went to extreme length to get everything done in time for the closing. We also enjoyed his company with his sweet wife Jan, in our new home for an Alabama football game. He was a kind and gentle man and he will be greatly missed by so many.

  2. Elizabeth Potts

    I am so very sorry for such a tragic loss. I have so many wonderful memories of our lives and I know that Chris is with Jesus. My heart is sad for Jan and Corey as y’all must adjust to life on Earth without him. Sending prayers for peace and comfort

    Love from Sid and Liz Potts

  3. Steve O'Dell and Sherrin Puckett

    How do we say goodbye to you our dear friend for so many years. God must have needed a special soul to aid Him in heaven and He could not have chosen a better man than you. We love you and Jan so much and our hearts now have a piece in heaven because you are there. Until we meet again best friend…

  4. Britney McDow

    Chris you will be greatly missed . Words can’t describe. Our time at Sid Potts was so extensive, close and you were the perfect mentor! Your service to your clients/ friends was always top of the line. Your real estate too!!! Jan, bless u my sweet friend. Praying for everyone 🫶

  5. Bob Davis

    We are so very sorry for your sudden and tragic loss Jan. Chris is now experiencing what we believers can only imagine, our eternity with Christ! What an honor to work with Chris at Sid Potts & after your move. He made a lasting impression on all who knew him. God bless, In HIS love, Bob & Sheila Davis

  6. Cindy Norton

    So glad I got to spend a few hours with you and Chris in January! He knew my jewelry well.

  7. Ann and Tim Holston

    Tim and I are so sorry to loose such a special friend! Chris and Jan are wonderful, Godly people and we enjoyed the times we have been together playing our favorite game of LCR!!! Jan, we love you and will definitely miss Chris! Prayers for you and your family!

  8. Mark Sloan

    What a wonderful tribute. Chris was much more than a friend–he was a dear brother. I met Chris in front of his house just a few days after he and Jan arrived in Fairhope. They both instantly became dear friends and confidants. If you knew Chris, you knew he was an ice cream man. No, he didn’t drive a beat-up old ice cream truck; he just appreciated gooooood ice cream and never had to twist my arm to enjoy it with him. Chris was a man of God, and he walked the walk! He loved everything Jesus and is now with his best friend. As I write this, my heart and eyes well with tears because I selfishly wanted to see him while in town this past weekend, but God knew Chris needed one last morning on the beach doing what he loved. Jan, we love you, are praying for you, and will always be here for you!

  9. Sidnee Barb

    Dear Heavenly Father. I come this beautiful morning to thank you for the life of our brother and friend, Chris. Many of us who knew and loved Chris, are feeling stunned, bewildered and well, even sad this morning knowing our walk forward will be missing a friend so dear . . . Thank you personally for the time in my home a few days ago when Chris came to help me in a work capacity, but encouraged and inspired me as a friend. And, Father thank you for Jan’s faith, —her family and friends who will surround her now with all the love and support she will need in the days ahead. Amen.

  10. Doug Vermeulen

    Two weeks ago today my life changed forever. My best friend died next to me at Alabama Point. He died doing what he loved the most: Praising his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the beautiful creation around him, and catching pompano and redfish. While I grieve today, along with Jan, Cory and others, I do not grieve without hope. I am now looking forward to the eternity I will spend with Chris, an eternity with no sin, suffering or pain, Only the fulfillment of all of our deepest desires. Chris, you are just beautiful!

  11. Wayne B Holder

    Jan, Margaret and I have such fond memories of working with Chris when he was with Lee Michaels in Mobile. He was so gracious to work with at the store and was a good friend. We are both so sad to here of his death but what a way to go doing what he loved. Wayne & Margaret Holder


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