Nolan Hinson, 84, Founder Of Johnston County Industries

Nolan-Leston-Hinson-FIA well-known local resident, Nolan Leston Hinson died Tuesday at the SECU Hospice House.  He was 84.

Hinson was the founder and visionary of Johnston County Industries, Inc (JCI) which began in 1974. Under his leadership and involvement throughout its 40 year history, he helped nurture and grow the JCI. He served as President or Chairman of the Board various times from its formation until 1993. In 1993 he was then named President and Chairman and served in that capacity through 2003.

He was a life member of the Board of Directors for JCI. Though his commitment and dedication to supporting persons with disabilities, JCI grew from helping four people to a company helping over 1,000 people each year. His work at JCI has had a positive impact in the lives of tens of thousands of people facing the challenges of a disability.

Hinson was self employed as an Independent Insurance Agent and ran his own business, Hinson’s Printing for many years. He was active in the Smithfield Civitan Club for many years where he served in numerous roles including secretary and treasurer.

Nolan was a faithful member of First Christian Church in Smithfield for over 50 years. He served multiple roles in the church including deacon, elder, chair of the board, and most recently served as a trustee and elder emeritus. He served as the Chair of the Property Committee and was instrumental in the building of the church’s fellowship hall in 2001. His life was a testament to his Christian commitment. His involvement in the church was a reflection of his ministry to others and to this community.

He is survived by his wife, three sisters, four children, six grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Johnston County Industries Nolan Hinson Memorial, SECU Hospice House or First Christian Church Memorial Fund. The service will be at First Christian Church, 1001 Crescent Drive at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 6 with visitation to follow. Burial will be at Wayne Memorial Park at 10:00am on Friday, August 7. Parrish Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.