A Southern Oregon racing legend, J. Harold Hinton Sr., 73, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at home with family at his side. Harold was born on April 8, 1937, in Chester, S.C., to R.L. and Eva Hinton. Both parents and a younger brother, Junior, preceeded him in death.
Harold owned his own auto repair shop for 30 years in Central Point, and had many customers and friends. In his early years, he enjoyed and won many stock car races at the Medford Raceway. Harold drove a yellow #8, stock car with "the little stinker" skunk emblem. His son, Jay, continued the sport of racing, and brought Harold much joy to participate with him after his retirement.
Harold met and married his wife of 52 years, Barbara, in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1958, while serving in the Air Force at Luke AFB. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1961, and raised five children. He was called "Grumpy" by his ten grandchildren, Corey, Brett (Krista) Christine, Andrew, Christopher, Marika, Tiffany, Joshua, Chase and Reese; and three great-grandchildren, Alexa, Cayden and Parker, whom each he loved dearly.
Harold is survived by his wife, Barbara; sisters, Lucille and Francis; brother, David; as well as his children, Debra, Robert (Sue), Tamara, Jay (Michele) and Mark (Megan). Harold was loved, and will be greatly missed by his family.
A memorial service will be held at the Medford Neighborhood Church, 1819 Stewart Ave., Medford, Ore., on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 3:00 p.m.