Florida College Remembers Vernon Hinely

February 22, 2012

Vernon Hinely, a board member for 22 years, has passed from this life into the next.

Hinely was elected to the Florida College Board of Directors in 1981, serving alongside his brother Herbert. He made an immediate impact on the progress of Florida College, bringing a keen business sense and energy to the Board that motivated others to move the College forward. He was extremely generous with his financial resources.

In 1994, President Emeritus C.G. “Colly” Caldwell, III announced a one-million-dollar gift to the College from Hinely and his brother. In 1998, they cemented their legacy at Florida College by significantly contributing to an initiative for a new women’s residence hall—named Hinely Hall in their honor.

“You’ll never find a more generous gentleman,” said Board member Dr. Dan Burton. “Vernon gave of his time, money and himself—more often than not, without anyone’s having to ask.”

Board member John Roberts also expressed, “The Florida College family has lost a great friend with the passing of Vernon Hinely. Having served on the Florida College Board along with Vernon, it was easy to see that his first love was the Lord.”

President H.E. “Buddy” Payne, Jr. and President Emeritus C.G. Colly Caldwell spoke at Hinely’s funeral on February 21, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. President Payne recalled, “we all left with an even deeper appreciation for this good man who, as a man of above average wealth and great influence, personified our Lord’s admonition that the greatest in His kingdom would be servants.”