SCARBOROUGH — Christopher Ray Hinton, 38, died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 17.
On Sept. 29, 1972 he was born in Louisville, Ky., the son of Kenneth Ray and Peggy (Holsclaw) Hinton.
Before moving to Maine in 2000, he worked for distribution companies in Louisville and was a cross-country truck driver.
While living in Maine, he worked for various companies as a truck driver and was last employed as a materials handler for SYSCO.
When he was in high school he enjoyed playing sports, especially basketball, and was a longtime fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Louisville Cardinals.
With a zest for life, his bright smile and charming southern drawl endeared him to many. He enjoyed the fellowship of the First Free Methodist Church in Portland and was a gentle, loving person who never realized the strength of his 6’3” height and large size.
He was predeceased by his dear father, Kenneth Ray Hinton of Lebanon Junction, Ky., maternal grandparents, Leslie Earl and Dorothy Ann (Simms) Holsclaw, grandfathers, Marion Hinton and Albert Bradbury, both of Kentucky, uncle Leslie Earl “Buddy” Holsclaw Jr., of Shepherdsville, Ky., stepbrother Travis Wade Allen, and aunts Betty Jo (Holsclaw) Bullard and Sue Hinton, both of Kentucky.
Survivors include his loving fiancee, Melissa Williams of Scarborough; mother Peggy Ann Holsclaw of Scarborough; stepfather Russell Allen of Scarborough; stepmother Theresa (Bradbury) Hinton of Kentucky; brother Nathan Hinton of Kentucky; grandmother Marie Hinton of Kentucky; stepsister Gillian (Allen) Hedler of Wisconsin; great-aunt Mary Louise (Holsclaw) Thompson; aunts Debby (Holsclaw) Fischer, Letty Holsclaw, and Conny (Holsclaw) Large, Conny (Hinton) Bailey, and uncles Greg Holsclaw, Brent Holsclaw, Leslie Earl “Eddie” Holsclaw, and Steven Hinton; many cousins; his recovery family; and friends.
A celebration of life was celebrated in Maine on Jan. 23. Arrangements were by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
Another celebration of life will be held in Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Kappel Funeral Home.
Flowers are welcome, or if desired, a memorial donation can be made to the Milestone Foundation online at milestonefoundation.org.