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SteveH
10-01-2009, 09:07 AM
I first got exposed to Studebakers by my uncle (doesn’t everyone?). He had a long love affair with Studes going back to the 1950s and his ’51 Champion. I think it was sometime in the early 90s that he was able to really get back into them and he got back into them in a big way. Every time I would go to visit him in Northeast FL I would get to drive a different car; Avantis, both Studebaker and Avanti IIs , Champions, GT Hawks, Sliver Hawks, Golden Hawks and many others. There were a few others in there too, like the Kaiser, the ’39 Buick and Fords and Chevys of various makes. But it always came back to the Studebakers. When I got out of the Army in 1999 I was unemployed for a few weeks and my uncle and I traveled all over the southeast picking up cars. On one memorable trip we went to south Louisiana to get a “project” Golden Hawk 400. We left there with the 400 (in pieces) loaded in the back of a ’55 Studebaker enclosed car hauler, a Champ, a parts Hawk and a 26’ U-haul loaded to the gills with various parts we bought in a lot. It included among other things a complete 413 Chrysler Long Ram engine and two extra sets of intakes, so many Pontiac Tempest seats and door panels that I thought we would never get them loaded. In the ensuing years we would have many other Stude related adventures and that started my gradual departure from MOPAR muscle to Studebaker style. This past summer I got my first two Studebakers from him (can't have just one), a 2E7 and a '62 V8 Lark convertible. This morning, Oct. 1st, Nollie Hinton passed away. He will be greatly missed. Everyone who has a loved one, give them a call or better yet a hug. I think I will go for ride in my old truck now.

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492R5
10-01-2009, 09:13 AM
First, I'm, sorry for your loss. I got into Studebaker's in a similar way to you all because of my grandfather who is still alive that took me when I was 10 to a Friday night cruise-in in Saginaw, MI(of course in a Studebaker). It sounds like you and your uncle shared many fun Studebaker adventures. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss.

gordr
10-01-2009, 10:31 AM
Steve, my condolences. I don't think your uncle and I ever crossed paths, but I would have loved to have met him.

By introducing you to Studebakers, he has left you a legacy that will always be with you.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

candbstudebakers
10-01-2009, 10:32 AM
My grandfather and my father were not Studebaker people but I miss them both and think of them often, now Iam the grandfather with the Studebakers and the grandson that loves Studebakers, he was 3 when he started really liking them, now 14 he is more helpful when I need some help and he is with me, it is something special we have between myself and him and Studebakers, lots of you know him from meets, just good times when we are together, hope it never ends, take a look. this is my favorite topic, thanks for starting the post.

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dean pearson
10-01-2009, 10:33 AM
Sorry for your loss,
He sounds like he was a great Uncle and also had a big influence on you.
He will live on every time some little something sparks a fond memory or fun time you had together.
Dean Pearson.

STEWDI
10-01-2009, 10:47 AM
Condolences, Steve, from our family to yours.

Sounds like his memory has a big place in your heart.

Roger "153624" Hill

55 Champion
47 M-5
Izzer Buggy
Junior Wagon

Bob Bryant
10-01-2009, 10:48 AM
Nollie and Janelle Hinton were among the first people we met when we became interested in Studebakers. Nollie was nearly always present at any Studebaker or Avanti function in Florida. His inventory of cars was always interesting at his Callahan location. Nollie was always warm, friendly, and helpful. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

"It's like deja vu all over again."--Yogi Berra

Transtar56
10-01-2009, 10:57 AM
Steve,Im sorry to hear about Nollie. Im the one who sold him your truck. He was a nice guy and alot of fun to talk to about Studes.

BTW,the truck looks great,that passenger side mirrors not in quite the right spot though is it?

55champion
10-01-2009, 11:02 AM
Sorry for you loss. But keep those GREAT memories he gave you. I too was interduced to Studebakers by 2 uncles. Uncle Bob had a 50 coupe and a 55 wagon, while Uncle Worth had a 59 Lark and a 57 Silver Hawk. I later owned the Lark and drove it all through High school and College. I am so thankful for their memory and I know your Uncle's memory will stay with you always.

Milaca
10-01-2009, 11:42 AM
My condolences to you Steve. None of my uncles had Studebakers, but rather, I am the uncle with Studebakers and am sharing them with my nephews. I hope they appreciate it as much as you did with your uncle. The photo shows my youngest nephew that came with me to a local car show in August. His favorite Studebakers are the Wagonaires...but I guess my Hawk will do for now :)
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Roscomacaw
10-01-2009, 12:00 PM
Whoa! Sad to hear of Nollie's passing. I never met him in person, but I have dealt with him and provided a body tag or two not too long ago. My condolences to you and yours.[V]

Not that it's any consolation, but we're all headed in "that direction". It's just a matter of time for each of us arrive. Enjoy the time we are alloted and try to spread the "mania" along the way.[^]

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1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

mbstude
10-01-2009, 04:24 PM
The first time I remember meeting Nollie, I was 10 years old and he and my family both had red Avanti's at a show in Memphis, Tenn. My granddad locked the keys in our car, and was able to open the rear quarter window with a coat hanger, and he put me in the car feet first through that window opening, to unlock the doors. Nollie stood there and watched. Everytime I'd see him at a show since then, he'd always say "Well, have ya stolen anymore Avanti's lately?"

I always enjoyed seeing him at all the meets, and sometimes he would bring as many as 3 Studes on that long trailer he had. At the last few he showed up in his '02 Avanti convertible. He let me drive it once and while cruising at about 85, he looks over at me and says, "Well, are ya gonna step on it or not?" [8D]

Nollie always seemed happy to see me and it was a blast talking with him at shows and looking over his latest restorations. He will be greatly missed.

I looked and this is the only picture I can find of Nollie on this computer. He's the fella in the white cap with his back to the camera. [:o)]

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Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

rockinhawk
10-01-2009, 05:01 PM
I counted Nollie as a friend. He and I were presidents of neighboring chapters. I have visited in his home several times and always felt welcome. I will surly miss him. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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DEEPNHOCK
10-01-2009, 05:02 PM
When I first moved to Florida from Illinois, my job had me tooling all over Florida and southern Georgia.
I remember driving through Callahan with my mind a million miles away, and I glanced out of the corner of my eye and saw a bunch of Studes in a fenced lot.
Almost crashed getting slowed down to turn around.
Met Nollie and we chatted for a couple of hours.
Ever since then, every time we crossed paths at a Stude function, we would have an update chat...
His evolving fleet of Studebakers was as eclectic as it was diverse.
He will be missed[V]...
Jeff[8D]

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Doug M
10-01-2009, 05:12 PM
I meet Nollie at the southeast Zone meet in 05 in Pelham Al He show up about 4:30 on Friday evening withe a three car trailer with a red 57 GH a yellow 48 or 49 champion conv. and the bluegray Avanti. We talked for hours that night I had a great time. Steve It's sad to here he passed he will be missed. I lost my dad in Feburary I miss him so.

Warren Webb
10-01-2009, 05:36 PM
Death is such a terrible thing. Especially when one hadn't had the chance to meet such a loved person as Nollie was, as evident by the tributes of those that did meet & know him. We are all family, especially when it comes to our love of cars & more so with the close association we share here. Steve, thank you for informing us & sharing your love that you held so dear for your uncle. You too are an inspiration for us as a model on how your life was effected & in turn, how we can likewise affect others in such a positive way.

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

jclary
10-01-2009, 05:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by SteveH

I first got exposed to Studebakers by my uncle (doesn’t everyone?). He had a long love affair with Studes going back to the 1950s and his ’51 Champion. I think it was sometime in the early 90s that he was able to really get back into them and he got back into them in a big way. Every time I would go to visit him in Northeast FL I would get to drive a different car; Avantis, both Studebaker and Avanti IIs , Champions, GT Hawks, Sliver Hawks, Golden Hawks and many others. There were a few others in there too, like the Kaiser, the ’39 Buick and Fords and Chevys of various makes. But it always came back to the Studebakers. When I got out of the Army in 1999 I was unemployed for a few weeks and my uncle and I traveled all over the southeast picking up cars. On one memorable trip we went to south Louisiana to get a “project” Golden Hawk 400. We left there with the 400 (in pieces) loaded in the back of a ’55 Studebaker enclosed car hauler, a Champ, a parts Hawk and a 26’ U-haul loaded to the gills with various parts we bought in a lot. It included among other things a complete 413 Chrysler Long Ram engine and two extra sets of intakes, so many Pontiac Tempest seats and door panels that I thought we would never get them loaded. In the ensuing years we would have many other Stude related adventures and that started my gradual departure from MOPAR muscle to Studebaker style. This past summer I got my first two Studebakers from him (can't have just one), a 2E7 and a '62 V8 Lark convertible. This morning, Oct. 1st, Nollie Hinton passed away. He will be greatly missed. Everyone who has a loved one, give them a call or better yet a hug. I think I will go for ride in my old truck now.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b217/PoboyP239/IMG_2883.jpg

Studebaker classifieds! www.studeswap.com


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I am sorry to hear of your loss. When I was in the first grade, my Grandfather passed. I still credit him as one of my most influential teachers. He was very elderly back then, an old watch maker who wore a jeweler’s loupe on his glasses. Regardless of how busy he was, he always seemed to have the time to answer my questions, and if need be, flip the jewelers loupe down to examine and explain things to me. That has never left me. Years later a neighbor’s small neglected boy would wander to my yard and assault me with more questions than I thought a human was capable of asking. He was only 5 years old at the time, but sensing that he might be bothering me he paused and asked…”Am I bothering you with too many questions?”…At that very moment…my thoughts flashed back to my own Grandfather and I replied…”Son, it’s not the questions… but the quality of the answers that is important.” With the picture of your Uncle, you, and the other little boys around you…that journey lives on. Take comfort in your time of grief that you cultivate this wonderful garden of memories.


John Clary
Greer, SC
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Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

SteveH
10-01-2009, 07:25 PM
Guys, thanks for all of the kind words. If any of you would like to know the times of the services just drop me an email.

SteveH

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