Charles C. Hines, a prominent Carbondale attorney and Air Force veteran who traveled the world to hunt game but remained deeply committed to his southern Illinois community, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 81. On June 15, 2013, he had joyfully celebrated his marriage to Gloria Corder Hines, surrounded by friends and family at Lyerla. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his daughter, Sarah Beth (Sally) Hines Brevoort, married to Roger Brevoort, of Scottsdale, Arizona; his step-children, James Busse, Ben Hoffman, Jamie Drake, Jeff Drake; his grandchildren, Emily Brevoort, Lauren Brevoort, and Kathryn Brevoort; his sister, Betty Richley, married to Ed Richley, of Fairview Park, Ohio; and his nieces, Suzanne LeSure and Stephanie Betts. Visitation will be at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014. There will be a graveside service with military honors at Walker Hill Cemetery in Grand Tower at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16th. Hines was a skilled advocate and negotiator whose legal prowess was recognized by prosecutors and defendants alike. He practiced law for nearly six decades, sometimes representing families for generations. A highly respected mediator, he was called upon to negotiate labor disputes and was a panel member of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He served as U.S. Commissioner and U.S. Magistrate for the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Illinois between 1962 and 1969. A lifelong outdoorsman, Hines delighted in hunting the exotic--from wild game in Africa to ducks in Russia--but found joy close to home as the owner of the Lyerla Lake Farm and Hunting Club in McClure, IL. Though he'd hunted on five continents, he cherished the local landscape and was a sponsor of the Jackson County chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a wildlife and wetlands preservation organization. Hines reveled in life's simple pleasures: telling a good story to close friends, boating on Crab Orchard Lake, or watching the Cardinals and Rams--occasionally even managing to attend both a baseball game and a football game in St. Louis on a single day. Born in Carbondale in 1932, Hines grew up in Grand Tower, Ill. and received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University in 1954. He studied law at the University of Illinois at Urbana, earning his J.D. in 1960. Hines was an active duty U.S. Air Force pilot between 1954 and 1957 and continued in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until 1962, when he was released as a captain. He founded the law firm Twomey and Hines with George Twomey in 1963 and practiced law until 2008, representing clients in civil and criminal cases in both state and federal court. Between 1981 and 1982, he served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. Hines suffered the loss of his son, Scott Hines, in the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 on August 16, 1987. He established a scholarship fund in his son's honor at John A. Logan Community College and helped choose the scholarship recipients. Hines was committed to helping the region's young people and was a longtime member of the Carbondale school board. He was involved with foundations to support Carbondale Community High School, the University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University. Hines was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Carbondale Elks Lodge and a member of the American Legion Paul Stout Post. Contributions can be made to the John A. Logan College Foundation for the Scott Hines Scholarship Fund, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville, IL 62918 or the Charles C. Hines Law School Scholarship c/o SIU Foundation.
3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014
Graveside Service with Military Honors at Walker Hill Cemetery Grand Tower, Illinois
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014
Meredith Funeral Home Carbondale, Illinois