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Celebrating the life of

Ralph "Skip" Hinely, Jr.

Passed away on February 18, 2023


Ralph Vincent “Skip” Hinely, Jr., 70, known by his friends as “Skip”, passed away Saturday February 18, 2023 at Candler Hospital.  Skip was born September 1, 1952 in Savannah, GA to the late Ralph Vincent Hinely, Sr. and Laura Lindner Hinely.  He attended several churches around the Savannah area, to include, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Islands Christian Church and Higher Ground Baptist Church.  Skip had a musical gift and shared his talent with his churches and many other places around Savannah, such as the Night Flight Café on River Street, the Hilton Head Resort, the Windjammer in Charleston, and went on a college circuit tour.  He had the honor and privilege to open for big artists like B.B. King and Tina Turner.  As a small child Skip played the drums, and then learned to play the guitar.  He eventually went on to play for several bands throughout his life, including the Original Roques, the Dynamic Deltas, the Deap Blue, Marble Fawn, the Grit Band, The Voyage Show, Radio Flyer, the Veraflames, and the Telfair Babies.  Skip also had a long career in finance, working as the Finance Director for J.C. Lewis, the Vaden Group, Fairway Lincoln Mercury and Group, and O.C. Welch, and also worked in sales at Portman’s Music Store.  He was the founder of Video Vision, a video store he started and worked in for many years with his family. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his son, Illya, and his close friend and music partner, Thad Strickland, who died just hours before him.

Skip is survived by his wife of 46 years, Becky McCranie Hinely, his three children, Victoria Hinely (Dave), Charles Hinely Sr., and Jeffery Hinely (Amber), his six grandchildren, Mandolin, Cassidy, Charles Jr., Angelique, Silas, and Sawyer.  Also surviving are his mother, Laura Hinely, his sister, Linda Price (Johnny), his brother, Barry Hinely (Tracey), sisters-in-law, Jean, Debbie, and Julie (Corey), several nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends, and his faithful companion, his dog, Freddie.

A Celebration of Skips life will be held Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Higher Ground Baptist Church, 9120 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, GA 31406. 

The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 p.m. prior to the service.




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So sorry Becky and Family. So glad we had the family reunion. wish more had attended. You never know who will be next. May God wrap his arms around all of you. If I can help in anyway, please don't hesitate to call. Love You!

- Elizabeth Dadin, Savannah, GA

Sorry to lose my cousin. Life is a precious, and Skip lived it to the fullest extent!

- Richard Hinely, Savannah, Georgia

Prayers are with the family

- Charles B Harris , Bloomingdale , Ga.

I was saddened to hear of Skip's passing. He was a super guy and long time friend of mine. He will be missed by all of his friends and family. My condolences go out to the family. Stanley Walls

- Stanley Walls, Savannah, Ga

Man,my heart breaks. First Thad,now Skip. They brought so many people a lot of joy and good times over the years as the Veraflames wth the other guys in the band. Hopefully they hooked up with Butch and JAY for a jam session in heavan. God bless to the family Eddie Coppage


BECKY I am so sorry for your loss pray that God gives you strength and comfort to enter into the part of your life love ya

- Cathy Faircloth Hebert , Rincon, Ga

So sorry for your loss sending prayers

- Sherie Lynn jarrell, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Anthony always wanted to hear Skip play. I did not know him well but my condolences to you and your family

- Gober, Rincon, Ga

Prayers and comfort to Skip’s family. I am so sorry for your loss.

- LeAnne Jones Consos, Savannah, Georgia

Prayers and comfort to Skip’s family. I am so sorry for your loss.

- LeAnne Jones Consos, Savannah, Georgia

My deep sympathy for the loss of Skip. We worked together at Portman's Music and I must say, Skip was inspiring as an extremely talented musician and colleague.

- Phil Sellers, Boca Raton, Florida

Becky, so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace for all of you.

- Mary Smith , Springfield , Georgia

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Becky and family, I’m so sorry for you’re loss, thinking of you. Love, Julie

- Paige, Savannah, Ga

Thoughts and prayers for the Hinley family.

- Perry L. Granat, Sr, Hardeeville, SC

Becky, Laura, Barry and family: life consists of many pains, sorrows, disappointments, trials and tribulations, but it also consists of joy, love, friendship and family. Skip rose above the pain and sorrows, and with the help of a loving family and music, kept his head on straight and his path straight. His aspirations were always for goodness and heavenly pursuits. I know that he and Thad are now singing with the angel’s choir inside the Pearly Gates. I, for one, look forward to hearing him sing and play again. Stay the course. There are many mansions in Heaven. Love transcends time and space and abides eternal in the soul. It’s the only thing we can take with us, and Skip was blessed with an abundance of it! My love to all. May God grant you His peace beyond all understanding. David

- David Dickey, Savannah, GA

Becky & Family, My Heart Truly Goes Out To You All. I, Too, Loved Skip, As A Brother Since Our High School Days. There Is No Doubt As To Where Skip Is Now & We Will, With Faith In Jesus Christ As Lord And Savior, See Skip Again In Eternity Before The Face Of Almighty God. Please Know That I Am Here For You, If There Is Anything I Could Do For You, Don’t Hesitate To Call On Me, Becky. You Know, With My Losing My Precious Wife, Brynda, That I Understand. I Envision Skip Singing Praises To God In His Hallelujah Choir Now With Thad And So Many Others. Love, Tommy, III

- Tommy Grooms III, Savannah, Georgia

Dear Becky and the extended Hinely family. Please accept our deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers on the passing of Skip. May his soul rest in Peace

- Chris Desa, Savannah, GA

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Hey Becky and family ,i am very sad to hear of skips passing .He was a giant of a man .kind,gentle,he brought many good times and happiness to many with his music and great spirit .my prayers and thoughts r with u and his family. Love I allways prayers u find peace and comfort in these times ..

- Joey smith, Miami, Fl

A man so easy to love and admire has left us, but will never be forgotten.

- Michael Joseph Gross, Savannah, GA

Becky and Family, Skip was the epitome of a cousin who was more like a close brother. Many good memories of earlier days on Daffin Drive, where Skip would scare the heck out of us with his infamous UFO stories! I’ll always remember his music and the stories behind the music. Skip, I know you’re up there with Thad, playing music “Savannah Style “!

- Keith Dryden, Monroe, Georgia

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers go to your family in this difficult time! May he rest in peace.

- The Melton’s, Savannah, GA

I remember my cousin Skippy as a kind person. I remember he came to stay with my family in Decatur when I was a young girl. I remember he played drums. I think he was about 16 years old at the time. I remember his drum playing was amazing. As a young girl who had a tough time growing up, I felt a kind of kinship with my cousin Skippy, because I felt like he was going through something too. I still have a card with a picture of him and his fellow band members, The Deap Blue. My sincere sympathy goes out to Becky, Skippy's children, his mother Laura, his sister Linda, and his brother Barry. With Love, Donna

- Donna Lindner Almquist, Greenbelt, Maryland

Becky, I’m so sorry for your loss! He sure was one of the good guys, for sure! My heartfelt condolences to you and your family! May his beautiful memories comfort you during this time! Sending love, prayers, light, and peace knowing that he is with his maker!❤️❤️

- Jan Spillane & Jon Erickson, Thunderbolt, GA

Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the memories from your marriage of 41 years. Skip must’ve been a very talented musician. Take care Wendy

- Wendy Pierce, Savannah , Ga

My thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time. Remember who he was and may your hearts take the warmth he leaves behind to follow you all through the hard times. He was a wonderful man and loved his family. God bless you all!Marianne, Jason Rody and family.

- Marianne Smee, North Vancouver BC., Province

Ms. Victoria, Sawyer, Silas and your family, I was sorry to see that your dad/grandpa has passed away and gone to Heaven! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers! Ms. Stephanie, your Pre-K Teacher

- Stephanie Clegg, Savannah, GA

Sending love to all of you...Amazing human being. Thanks for the memories, Skip. You rock brother!

- Cindy & Mark Carter, Savannah, GEORGIA

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My heartfelt condolences to the family… On the loss of Skip….. he had a meticulous way about him musically….. his bass playing was impeccable… I asked him one time Skip… did you hear the one about the bass player who was so depressed about his timing that he threw himself behind the train?…. we laughed about that every time I saw him…. i’m gonna miss you Skip…. i’m glad we got to perform together! Godspeed my brother… Thank you for being my friend…Barry

- Barry Johnson, Savannah, Ga

Richard and I share your sadness and send prayers of love to Skip's family and friends.

- Anne Allman, Wilmington Island, Georgia

I would like to share my condolences and send my thoughts and prayers to Becky Hinely, Barry Hinely, Mother Hinely and Tracy Hinely along with the entire Hinely family and the many close friends Skip had made over a lifetime. Just know that I’m thinking about all of you and hope you find peace soon. Shane Berryhill.

- Shane Berryhill, Savannah, GA

To the Family of Skip, Please accept my condolences. I went to church with Skip at Central Christian as a teen. He was always so focused in what he wanted to do (Music), and was very successful at it. Prayers for comfort for his family.

- Margaret Daniels Reese, Cumming,, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel