Mary Garnett Wilson Hiner was born May 9th, 1918 in Charlotte. The youngest of the three daughters of Reuben and Leila Wilson, she and her sisters, Hazel and Norma, grew up on a ranch in the Crown, Texas area. She became a member of First Baptist Charlotte on June 24, 1936. Garnett graduated from Charlotte High School and attended college at TWU, then Baylor, where she graduated in 1939. She also married Kenneth Hiner that year in Grapeland where he was pastor at First Baptist Church.
Throughout her life, Garnett and Kenneth lived and pastored churches in Grapeland, Houston, Karnack, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Devine and Charlotte. She also sailed on the Queen Mary from New York to London, and flew on the Concorde from Miami to Paris. In 1976, Kenneth retired as pastor and they moved back home to the ranch outside of Charlotte. Here she taught school at Charlotte, became an active member and supporter of First Baptist Church where she helped in Vacation Bible School, taught Bible studies, and taught a womens Sunday School class until she was in her 90s.
Garnett is preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Hiner; second husband, John Wipff; infant children, Samuel, Glenda and Virginia Hiner and parents, Rueben and Lelia Wilson. She is survived by her two children, Linda Evans and Tommy of The Woodlands and David Hiner and wife Priscilla of Georgetown; stepchildren, Terry Wipff, Joan Glasgow, Stephen Wipff and Sara Beth Mueller. She is also survived by grandchildren, Trent Thomas, Angel Brown, Julianne Ballard, Paige Wing, William Hiner and Karen Elmore, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton on Friday, February 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church of Charlotte on Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Charlotte City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Garnett’s honor to Operation Christian Love at PO BOX 117, Charlotte, Texas 78011 or to the charity of your choice.