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Bessie Foster Hinkle

Bessie Foster HinkleFuneral services for Bessie Foster Hinkle, age 88 of Austin/Cedar Creek were at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin with Rev. Charles Long officiating. Burial was in Forest Oaks Memorial Park.


Ms. Hinkle was born Aug. 3, 1925 in Red River County. She moved to Franklin County at an early age. She and her twelve siblings were raised on a farm. She attended a small two room school until she attended Mount Vernon High School where she graduated in May 1942. In the fall of 1942, she moved to Longview where she attended beauty school. She met E.H. Hinkle and they were married in 1945. After a divorce in 1962, she raised her five children.
She worked at the Austin State School for some time and simultaneously worked for Night Hawk Restaurants and Richard Jones Pit Barbeque before opening her own restaurant, Mama’s Kitchen, in Austin.
She died Thursday, Aug. 8. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Foster and a step-mother, Willie Foster; her brothers, Edward Foster, John William Foster II, Harold Jasper “Jap” Foster, Ballard Lee Foster, Ivan Earl Foster, Wesley Wayne Foster and Lesley Layne Foster; her sisters Lenny Foster, Ruby Elizabeth “Tommy” Foster Sanders and Roma Jean Foster Mebane.
 She is survived by four sons, Herschel Hubert and Karen Hinkle of Murry, Ky., Danny Ray and Sharon Hinkle of Cedar Creek, James Thomas and Linda Hinkle of Buda, and Joe M. Wall of Austin; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Sue Hinkle Trombley of Cedar Creek, Betty Hinkle Neill and her husband, Jack, of Round Rock and Mary Wall Anderson of Buda; 25 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. In addition there are children and grandchildren from her extended families and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two sisters, Bertie Foster Redar of Mount Vernon and Geraldine Foster Jackson of Oklahoma City, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Children’s Diabetes Assoc. or the Texas Lion’s Camp.