Age: 78

Zack Berry Hinton Zack Berry Hinton, 78, of McDonough, Ga., died Tuesday, July 19, 2011. He was born in Henry County to the late Tobe Berry and Mary Bowen Hinton. Zack lived his entire life in Henry County. He graduated from Gordon Military College and attended Georgia State University. He served in the U. S. Army Reserves. Zack was an entrepreneur, and he opened his first grocery store on the square, in McDonough, in 1956. He later moved to the edge of town to open the largest supermarket in Henry County. He continued to expand that store and created a 17-chain convenience stores named Nite Owl. He loved grocery business and always did promotions with cars, planes, clowns and even Annie Oakley shooting. Once he had bread and wooden nickels dropped from a plane. He also had his son, Zip, pulling air banners advertising specials each weekend. Zack was a well-respected community leader and very generous to those that could not afford food from his stores. He was a member of the Georgia Grocers Association, a board member and later became president. He served on the board of Associated Grocers, and he became chairman of the board. He was a founder of Founders Guaranty Bank where he served as Chairman of the Board until the bank was sold. He became a land developer and developed Lake Dow, with the late Harold and Ed McGarity, as well as Mallard’s Landing, with his son, Zip. He was a member of McDonough First United Methodist Church, and served as finance chair, trustee chair, and youth director, for many years. His time was spent traveling the world with his wife of 53 years, Laura. Zach was an avid tennis player. He and Laura spent every weekend playing tennis with The Golden Balls. He loved his church, was proud of his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved McDonough, Ga., and Henry County. Zach is survived by his wife, Laura Hull Hinton, son Zip and Debbie Hinton, daughter, Angie and Franklin Hayes, grandsons, Jake Hinton, Matt Hayes, granddaughters, Lauren Hayes, Caitlin Hayes, Alex Hinton, and the late Courtney Hayes, two great-grandchildren, Nicky Poliseno, and Alyssa Hayes, sisters, Sara Upchurch, Margaret McGarity, sister and brother-in-law Susan and Don Jeffares, and several nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m., at the McDonough First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Darris Baker, the Rev Dana Everhart, the Rev. Mack Riley, and the Rev. Mike Broome officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday, July 22, from 6 p.m., to 9 p.m., at the Funeral Home. Those who wish may make contributions to McDonough First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 151 Macon St., McDonough, Ga. 30253. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414, are in charge of arrangements.