Billy Wayne Hindman, 72, of Greenbrier, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. He was born in the rural farm town of Sallisaw, Okla., at the beginning of the Great Depression on March 17, 1937, to the late Bill and Jessie Hindman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 37 years, Lucille Kasprowitz Hindman. He was a beloved father to his best friend and son, Lance Hindman and wife Krista of Damascus; and his loving daughter, Dina Martinez of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Erica Hindman and Corbin Martinez. Also surviving him are his sisters, Maxine Havard, Lois Kenner, both of Yukon, Okla., and Jonie Farney and their families.
He was a friend to many people. He led a life that most people would be amazed with. He was a race car driver, an accomplished machinist and an engineer. He was also an aircraft pilot and even a portrait artist. Mr. Hindman rose from humble beginnings to a successful director of engineering for Gulfstream Corporation that built business jet aircraft. He retired from Gulfstream after 25 years of service; he along with his son and wife moved to Greenbrier and ran another successful business doing upholstery work until health problems forced him to quit. He never met a stranger, and leaves many heartbroken friends behind. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him and those that loved him dearly.
The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Monday from 6-8 p.m. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Brother Bob Robinson officiating. Funeral arrangement made by Bishop Griffin Funeral Home in Greenbrier, (501) 679 4400.