Born on February 3, 1934, in Levelland, Texas, one of six children to Newton Aquilla and Lena Michelle (Parker) Hinson. Ruthie grew up in Levelland and married the love of her life, Tom McCoy on February 10, 1952. Ruthie’s primary work career was as a lifelong hairdresser and as a Texas Tech Dorm supervisor where she touched the lives of many Tech students. Her early jobs included serving as a telephone switch board operator and an elevator operator.
Her main dedication was to her family and her Church. At Trinity Church, she was very active in the Prime Timers Class and also served as the communion and wedding coordinator for many years.
In the realm of family, Ruthie’s tender and nurturing nature was cherished by her beloved husband, Tom McCoy, and their children, Gary (Sally) McCoy, Lisa (Dan) Wilson, and Bryan (Tamara) McCoy. She adored her role as a grandmother, finding immense joy and pride in the presence of her grandchildren, Natalie (Corby) Bryan, Alyssa (J.J.) Abbas, Dani (Josh) Bloodworth, Grant Wilson, Nolan (Marcy) McCoy, and Kilton McCoy. Leona’s legacy of love extended further with the arrival of her cherished great-grandchildren, Jorja, Laura, Scout, Thatcher, Hayden, and Nora. She shared a loving bond with her sister, Fada Sheek, cherishing the unbreakable ties of family throughout her life.
Ruthie is reunited with her loving parents, Newton and Lena Hinson; and her siblings, Hazel Surratt, Charlene Carter, Ed Hankins, and Harlan Hankins.
The family kindly requests that donations be made to the Trinity Church Prime Timers, 7002 Canton Ave., Lubbock, Texas 79413, an organization that was near and dear to Ruthie’s heart.
The family would like to thank The Callander House and The Beehive Assisted Living Home for the wonderful care of Ruthie through the past few years.