In Memoriam:
Lydia Barnett Hines
Lydia Barnett Hines went to meet her Savior on Monday, August 2nd after nearly 15 years of battling cancer and several brain aneurysms. Though she experienced tremendous pain and discomfort for years, she never complained. She was always sweet, kind, caring, and consistently asked about the needs and struggles of others, even while being in great discomfort herself. She faithfully served as Executive Secretary for The Academy of Arts for almost 20 years and was a vital part of the ministry. Academy Staff members affectionately called her “Miss America” because of her tireless joy and encouragement to others in the midst of her pain. Her immediate family and her Academy family will miss her greatly, but we are so thankful that she is now out of pain and has seen her Savior face to face!


The family greeting time and memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 21 at The Academy of Arts Logos Theatre (80 School Street, Taylors, SC 29687). The greeting time will begin at 1:00pm and the memorial service at 3:00pm. 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectively request memorials be made to The Academy of Arts, In Honor of Lydia B. Hines.


A native of Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Dean Albert and Lois Louise Mosteller Barnett; the Executive Secretary of The Academy of Arts Ministries in Taylors, where she faithfully served for 19 years and member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Taylors.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Lynn Hines of the home; two sons, Michael Aaron Hines (Anna) of Spartanburg and Mark Aubrey Hines (Hannah) of Taylors; one daughter, Meredith Hines Bennett (Dakota) of Taylors; one sister, Sharon Barnett Merheb of Greenville and seven grandchildren, Dominic, Dawson, Devin, Gwendolyn, Asher, Aiden and Avalynn.

She was predeceased by one brother, Robert Barnett; one sister, Angela Barnett Bright; and one half-brother, Ronald James Davis.

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