William Gregory "Greg" Hines

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William Gregory Hines, age 71, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. He passed peacefully at his home in Shelbyville, TN. Greg was a native of Nashville, TN and a graduate of Cohn High School (‘70) and David Lipscomb College (‘74) where he met his wife, Jan. During Greg’s career, he was a youth minister at 11th St. Church of Christ in Nashville, West End Church of Christ in Birmingham, and Bellevue Church of Christ in Nashville. He was a pulpit minister at Riverdale Church of Christ in Dayton, OH and associate minister at Western Hills Church of Christ in Nashville. He spent the better part of 25 years as a Bible, Speech and Latin teacher at Nashville Christian School. He was also an adjunct teacher in the Communication department at several colleges and universities. As a former athlete, Greg enjoyed coaching several sports at multiple schools. Upon retirement, Greg enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing golf with best buddy, Frank Harrell, including several golf trips a year. He enjoyed teaching Bible classes at Fairlane Church of Christ since moving to Shelbyville two years ago. He was an avid reader and enjoyed studying the Bible and church history. Greg taught a bi-weekly ladies Bible class at the home of his beloved friend, Mizella and maintained a close friendship with her, visiting twice a week. Before moving to Shelbyville, he and Mizella started a food ministry, cooking and coordinating delivery of meals to many West Nashville neighbors in need. After retirement, Greg still enjoyed keeping up with his former students from Nashville Christian, even having the privilege of officiating at several wedding ceremonies. Surviving Greg is his wife, Janette Blackburn Hines, children Philip (Diana) Hines, Katherine Hines, Sarah Hines, Jonathan Hines and Hannah Hines; four grandchildren, Gavin Hollenbeck, Kaiden Hines, Fiona Hines and Desmond Hines. He is also survived by his brother Mike (Terry) Hines, sister Lesa (Gary) Henry, sister-in-law Kay Blackburn Parker, sister-in-law Joy Blackburn Russell, brother-in-law Tom Russell, sister-in-law Darla Blackburn, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred Leon Hines and Mildred Pickering Hines, grandparents Fred and Nettie Hines of Nashville, TN, and Horace and Daisy Pickering of Charlotte, TN. Greg’s witty and playful sense of humor will be greatly missed. With the heart of a servant, he used his many gifts to teach Bible classes, lead worship, sing on the praise team, cook meals, host and lead small groups, visit the sick, and counsel those in need. His students, many of whom say he was their favorite teacher, would also say he was tough but fair; always pushing them to do their best. Greg touched the lives of so many people during his life – young and old. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. At his last Sunday morning service at Fairlane, he led a prayer for the sick and spoke about the need to demonstrate our faith in Christ by being joyful despite hardship. And that is exactly how he lived out the end of his life. Visitation with the Hines family will be on Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 1PM until 3:30PM, at Western Hills Church of Christ (7565 Charlotte Pike). The service will immediately follow at 3:30PM. **Flowers are being accepted at Compassion on Saturday from 10AM until 2PM, and anytime Sunday after 12PM, at the church. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue's only locally owned and operated burial & cremation provider.

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  1. Mr. Hines was always of encouragement to me whenever our paths crossed at NCS & Western Hills. Thankful for his legacy of service to the Kingdom and prayers for his family at this time.

  2. Thank you Greg for all you did as Youth Minister at Bellevue. You baptized our sons, Brian and Chuck. You will be greatly missed!

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