Kathryn Inez Marsh Hyne was born August 24, 1922 in Pikeville, and died on December 18, 2013 in Blue Ridge, Georgia. A woman of courageous faith, joyful thanksgiving, exuberant intellect, bold tongue, devoted loves, and vibrant hospitality. A mother, wife, home-maker and home-builder. A teacher, women’s leader, and mentor. An avid reader and quilter. A church-librarian, missions advocate, world-traveler and political advocate. She was best known as a follower of Jesus Christ.
She died at 91, of natural causes, at the home of her oldest daughter Jeril Cline. She was preceded in death by six years by her beloved husband Ernest Eugene Hyne, married 62 years, and her parents Isaac Lee and Etta Elvira Marsh of Pikeville.
She is survived by her brother Lee Marsh and sister-in-law Ann Marsh of Nashville; daughters Jeril Cline (and Dan) of Blue Ridge, Georgia and Nancy Poole (and Wayne) of Auburn, North Carolina; son Ernie Hyne (and Linda) of Nashville; daughters JoEtta Deaton (and Michael) of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Marsha Lanier of Grass Valley, California; grandchildren Shauna (and Chris) Rose, Daniel (and Kristin) Cline, Adair (and Jose) Romero, Carly (and Grant) Penny, Kimberly (and Jacob) Gregson, Lindsay (and Jonathan) Wilkerson, Brett Deaton, Jessica Hyne, Will Lanier, Grace Lanier, Rachel (and Josh) Goldman; and great-grandchildren Christopher and Haley Dallas, Caitlin, Mitchell and Christian Cline, Daniel Romero, Emaline Jane Penny, Cole Gregson, Wilkerson twins on-the-way; and many loving relatives and friends who are like family.
She was given [in her words] “a heritage in Christ through generations vigorously sharing the Good News,” and was baptized May 15, 1938. She was valedictorian and yearbook editor of her Bledsoe County High School. She attended Freed-Hardeman and Abilene Christian Colleges. She and Ernie were married in Boston, Massachusetts July 21, 1945. She taught at David Lipscomb Elementary School. She helped build and encourage the growth of Cedars Church of Christ, Wilmington, Deleware (and numerous other Churches of Christ in North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Deleware, and beyond); Northeastern Christian College (and Women’s Auxiliary) in Villanova, Pennsylvania; Christian camps in Laurel, Deleware and Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Kimbilio Guest House in Nairobi, Kenya; After-School program at Lipscomb Elementary; and Association of Lipscomb Ladies in Nashville (founding board).
She and Ernie were family to numerous international students, families, and missionaries from Nigeria, Kenya, China and beyond for half a century. They travelled to and provided aid to Christian works in Israel, Kenya, U.K., and Switzerland. She’s prepared to travel “farther in and farther up.” (C.S. Lewis)
Funeral services were held December 28 with family members presiding at Bethel Church of Christ. A graveside service followed at Worthington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Nairobi Great Commission School (www.nairobigreatcommission.com) c/o Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, Nashville (615-832-2541; BrentwoodHills.org; 5120 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220).
Arrangements were entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blue Ridge, Georgia.