Bobby Joe Hines

Bobby Joe Hines

Bobby Joe Hines, 67, of Anna, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 7, 2021, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Family and friends came to celebrate his birthday with him on Jan. 6, the day before his passing. He left this Earth knowing that he was loved and will be missed by many. 

He was born on Jan. 6, 1954, in Anna, and was the fourth of five children born to Loren W. Hines and Olive L. Boyer Hines.  

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dianne Hines, of Anna; two children: a daughter, Hillary Hines-Holl (Tim) of Anna/Clinton, and a stepson, Billy Joe “B.J.” Colson (Shelby) of Anna; two grandchildren Billy Joe of Murray, Ky., and Lillian Grace of Anna; siblings Lennie “Jerry” Hines (Diane) of Kansas City, Mo., John Hines of Anna, Debby Hines Kent (Ron) of Jonesboro and James “Jim” Hines of Anna; nieces, nephews and many other family members and friends.

Mr. Hines was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister-in-law, Linda Hines.

He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1972, where he played football, baseball and basketball. He also umpired for IHSA and summer league baseball for several years.

After retiring from the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna in 2012, he enjoyed spending his retirement years fixing, repairing and selling lawn mowers.  

He was an avid NASCAR and St. Louis Cardinals fan and, of course, he loved his A-J Wildcats. Football Fridays behind the A-J football field in the Hines garage was a tradition for many people for several years.  The tradition will continue.  He enjoyed frying fish and cooking out with family and friends every chance he got.

The family thanks everyone who has reached out, visited, or contributed in any way to support the family during these trying times.  

The family extends a very special and sincere “thank you” to Bobby Joe’s buddy, Adam Mays.  When Adam found out his friend was sick, he made one of Bobby Joe’s dream projects a reality.  

For 20 years, Bobby Joe has said “I am going to put Christmas lights on that 50 foot cedar tree in the front yard.” Without hesitation, Adam, with the assistance of B.J., spent many hours to surprise Bobby Joe by putting Christmas lights on that very same tree. Bobby Joe was beyond thrilled to see the lights.  Special thanks to all of our family and friends who donated lights to help make a 20-year dream come true. The tree is still lit in Bobby Joe’s memory.

A graveside funeral service will be held at the Casper Church Cemetery near Anna on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Individuals may arrive starting at noon to pay respects to the family, with the service starting at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Stephen Clardy officiating. Interment will immediately follow.  

Everyone who attends the service will be required to wear a face cover and to observe social distancing guidelines.  

Individuals may choose to remain in their cars at the cemetery and listen to the service on the radio. The service also will be live streamed through Zoom.  Meeting ID code: 924 4493 2183. Meeting Passcode: Hines.

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.  

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home at 301 W. Spring St. Anna, Ill. 62906, or to the cemetery on the day of the service.  

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and cemetery.

To leave online condolences for the family, visit

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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