Ila Dean Hines, age 83, departed from this life on October 2, 2020. Curtis "J.R." Hines, husband, and best friend of 63 years, preceded her death. Ila is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whom she loved and spoiled. She will be missed and forever respected by a plethora of relatives and friends.
Ila Dean Jackson-Hines was born on October 13, 1936, in Glendale, Florida, to Parents Enoch and Lee-Ray Jackson, who preceded her death along with seven other siblings, LD Jackson-deceased, Lonnie B Jackson, deceased, Cora Dean Johnson-deceased, Bornie-Ella McKinnon-deceased, Mittie B Smith-deceased, Bobby Jackson-deceased. The surviving siblings are Esther Jackson, Delores Ware, Richard Jackson, and Olar Dean.
Ila moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in her late teens and met the love of her life and best friend, Curtis "J.R." Hines, in 1952. On July 13, 1953, she married Curtis and began having children in 1954. Ila was a homemaker and incredibly involved in her children's scholastic success. The couple started Hines Lawn Service, and Ila served as the CEO until her death; she and the children were heavily involved in the business's success. Ila regularly showered her children with surprises ranging from clothes, shoes, trips, and jewelry; if her children showed an interest in anything, those items would miraculously appear.
Ila was a dedicated wife and loving mother, and she and Curtis had eight children together Carter Hines (sons Corey and Bobby Hines), Curtis Hines Jr, Garry Hines (wife Karen, son Garrett), Keith D. Hines (wife Becky, daughter Raven), Linda E. Hines (son Lamont Hines), Kenneth D. Hines (daughters Vivian and Hailey), Ronald E. Hines (wife Theresa and daughter Kirsten), and Rhonda P. Hines.
Ila was also a devout Christian and committed church member of the Hollywood Church of God in Christ of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher, Hospitality Board team member, and in her later years as the Program Director over the Women's Day Program. Debilitating health issues caused her to pass the reigns to another Woman of God.
Her family and friends will always remember her as a savvy businesswoman, well versed in strategy and finance. Ila had compassion for people, and she could cook and bake as If she was a trained culinary chef. Thousands requested her desserts and meals from the states to oversees. Her most sought-after cakes were the Red Velvet Cake and the Yellow Butter-nut cake. Ila had a special place in her heart for young military people who were stationed away from home. She mentored and invited them into her house, whereby she and her husband became surrogate parents to many. Not only did she feed military servicemen and women, but she also provided for the homeless, known as to many as "Mom," she taught life skills to young men and women. Ila had an exceptional aptitude for gardening and growing house plants successfully. Christmas was her favorite time of the year, mostly due to it amplified the Birth of Christ; and everything that came along with the spirit of the season.
The funeral is scheduled for 10:00 AM on October 5, 2020, at Beal Memorial Cemetery, located at 316 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. All are welcomed to attend the celebration of Ila D. Hines' life; however, the family asks that attendees submit to safety precautions and wear a mask and practice social distancing. Flowers and Donations can be sent to Emerald Coast Funeral Home located at 161 Racetrack Road N.W. Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
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