Jo Moore Hinton – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
October 1, 1946 – April 12, 2022
Jo Moore Hinton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter and sister passed away peacefully in the early morning of April 12, 2022 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, surrounded by her loving family.
Jo was born Jo Ann Moore on October 1, 1946, in Omaha, Nebraska, to parents Mary Louise and Lt. Col. Charles L. Moore. As a military family, Jo, her parents and three brothers, lived in several places before settling in Memphis, Tennessee in the summer of 1963. She graduated from Whitehaven High School in May 1964 and attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a Fellow. of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and voted “Campus Cutie”. While at Ole Miss, she met the love of her life, Charles Richard Hinton, and they were married on June 3, 1967, after Jo completed freshman year. Jo and Charles moved to New York where Charles played football for the New York Giants. During the offseasons, they returned to Mississippi where Jo continued her education. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State College for Women, in Columbus, Mississippi. After graduating, Jo began teaching at SD Lee High School in Columbus, where she taught shorthand, business machinery, and business math. After their time in New York and Columbus, they moved to Natchez, Mississippi, where they have resided ever since. Jo taught in the Natchez public school system for twenty-two years, teaching distributive education and sponsoring the DECA program. She then taught Marketing Management Technology at Copiah Lincoln Community College for an additional thirteen years while co-sponsoring DECA-DEX. Jo was an outstanding teacher, even winning the Community College Teacher of the Year award and sharing her passion for learning with thousands of students over the years. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, Jo’s colleagues and students have described her as charming, elegant, caring, creative, passionate and fun. Jo was highly respected and admired.
Life’s simpler pleasures brought great joy to Jo. She was completely devoted to her family and enjoyed visiting her children and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She celebrated every event: Grandparents Day, sporting events, dancing, piano and drum recitals, graduations, birthdays and more. She had many hobbies. Tuesday was her favorite day of the week, spending her mornings studying the word of God with the ladies’ Tuesday morning Bible study group, through the New Covenant Presbyterian Church. In the afternoons, Jo played bridge with some of her closest friends. If it wasn’t her day to host Bridge, Jo could be seen racing along Highway 61 in her vintage red BMW en route to Dirt Cheap.
Jo could do anything. She was a talented seamstress, painter, potter, hostess, cook and gift wrapper – with each gift wrapped so beautifully and carefully that the wrapping was as sentimental as the gift itself. Jo was passionate about Ole Miss. She loved to visit “God’s Country” as she affectionately called it Oxford, Mississippi, in the fall for football games, in the spring for the Double Decker Arts Festival and every summer for M-Club weekend.
Jo was very active in the Natchez community. She was a member of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church where she was active in various ministries. She was also a member of the Natchez Garden Club where she served on numerous boards, was entertained at many pre-war homes in the area, was a guide with Elderhostel, a Pink Lady volunteer at Merit’s gift shop Health and member of The Homemakers. Club.
Jo was predeceased by her father, Lt. Col. Charles L. Moore.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; his three daughters, Tracy Boatright, Meghan (Rhyne) Hooks and Haley (Ben) Claxton; seven grandchildren, Chesney (Roper) Ellison, Karlee Fails, McCray Fails, Colton Easley, Benjamin Claxton, Jr. and Mary Evans Claxton; three bonus grandchildren, Will Hooks, Ben Hooks and Ann Phelps Hooks; two great-grandchildren, Riggen Ellison and Halle Ellison; his mother Mary Lou Moore; three brothers, Chuck (Sally) Moore, Jim (Sara) Moore and Mike (Mary) Moore; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Please join us in celebrating his life, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with a service immediately following at Jefferson Street United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.