Alphonzo V. Hines

Sunrise: January 2, 1952

Sunset: November 10, 2018

Alphonso Vernon Hines “Fonz” fought a good fight and on Saturday November 10, 2018 he surrendered his spirit to his Father in Heaven. But not before making a huge impact here on earth.

He was one of seven brothers and three sisters born to his parents, the late Murray Lee and Anne B. Hines. He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita Elizabeth Hughes Hines. From this union Juanita L. Hines and Alisha A. Hines were born.

Alphonso was born in Winston Salem, NC and raised and schooled in the Chesapeake School System where he attended and Graduated from Crestwood High School. Crestwood Bombers Class of 1971. While at Crestwood he was a member of the Track team with his longtime friend and neighbor, Pastor Michael R. Toliver, a friendship that has lasted over 50 years.

Alphonso enlisted into the U.S. AIRFORCE in the summer of 1971. Shortly after graduation, following in the steps of his Father (United States Navy) and older Brothers (United States Army), He Retired from service with an Honorable Discharge. A family-oriented Man, he enjoyed spending time with family and traveling to visit Relative’s near and far and they relished the opportunity to see him as well.

In September of 1998 Alphonso met and married his wife to be Ms. Sonia Lazarus in Manhattan, NY and from this union was born Alphonso Vernon Hines, Jr. Sonia and Alphonso were married for 20 years and spent many days and nights enjoying life and family. Alphonso often took frequent trips to Jamaica (a place he called his second home). He enjoyed visiting the island with Sonia. He was often laughed at for trying to “sound” Jamaican. To be honest I’m almost sure Fonz was convinced he was the Read Deal Jamaican that is. He was loved and adored no matter where he went. Sonia and alphonso had an amazing friendship/Marriage. They never did anything without talking it through with each other. Always debating as to who was the better cook or the better dancer. He would often tell stories about living at home with all his brothers and sisters playing games around the house and in the yard. How they use to say them “Hines Boys” when we lived on River creek road in Chesapeake. One of the saddest moments in his early life was the lost of his Mother Anne B. Hines at the age of 38, he was 14 years old and everyone had to pitch in to take care of each other. Alphonso rose to the occasion basically took care of his younger sisters Joy and Bridget. I mean he really did everything, hair, lunch you name it he was the BIG Brother.

He loved meeting new people, talking on the phone (Perhaps you received a call from him anytime of the day or night). You could hear him singing and still trying to dance around the house like he was still seventeen and please don’t ask him about playing a game of cards (Spades) talking trash all night and laughing out loud whether he won or lost. Oh yeah, the computer was his BFF. I remember one night talking to him on the phone and he told me he had to go and feed his animals (Farmville) I said Man you don’t have any animals in NY. We laughed and laughed about that one because he seemed so serious. He was very easy going to everyone he met and never met a stranger he couldn’t speak with. Of course, Football and Baseball were another one of his pleasures as he would go from room to room watching on the many TV’s he installed around the house to ensure he wouldn’t miss any game action.

Alphonso is survived by his wife Sonia E. Hines, children Juanita L. Hines, Alisha Ann Hines-Townley (Tyler), Alphonso Vernon Hines, Jr., Venisha Lazarus-Barnes (Willie) and Jermaine Lazarus (Katja). Siblings: Velvet L. Jones, Cecil R. Hines (Kathy), Gregory V. Hines, Derek C. Hines, Alan G. Hines (Dolores), Murray L. Hines (Leticia), Mark A. Hines, Joy Wilson (Keith), Bridget A. Hines, Ron L. Cook (Sally), Roy Cook, Rovia Cook, and Robin Cook-Nobles (Maurice). Grandchildren: Johnathan William-Levant Hines,  David Oscar Schoennagel III, Cheyenne Marianne-Lailee Hines, Abigail Joanna -Lynn Townsley , Jordan, Kaian and Estella Lazarus, William Barnes and a host of cousins, nephews and nieces.

Viewing Sunday, November 18, 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Family Receiving Friends Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Monday, November 19, 2018 11:00am First Baptist Church South Hill 3633 Galberry Road Chesapeake, VA 23323 Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Gregory Perry says

    I had re-connected with Fonza thru Facebook and received a phone call from him . We talked about Creestwood { school and community } especialy River Creek Rd. We laughed so long and hard that we followed up with occasional calls and Facebook. I am so sorry to know I wont be laughing.and talking with him any more , but I am convinced that he knew Jesus as his personel savior and console myself and you his family that he’s resting in the arms of Jesus.

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      Juanita Hines says

      Thank you so much Mr. Perry for your condolences! Yes, my father knew Jesus Christ and he is truly missed everyday!

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    Alvera Davis says

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear brother. May God be with you and your family and lean on him for healing….God Bless, Alvera Davis and Family

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      Juanita Hines says

      Thank you very much for your kind words Ms. Davis and for taking the time to leave us this message! God bless you and your family!

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    Elaine Gordon Randolph says

    To the Hines Family:
    I pray that God grant the family healing power during your moment of bereavement. Growing up on River Creek Rd, was a blessing because we truly believed that we were one big family. We had each other to talk and laugh with when we had life changing events (growing up, death of parents, closing of Crestwood High) Continue to remember Alphonzo as a strong link to the Hines Family. God Bless you all, Elaine Gordon

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      Juanita Hines says

      Thank you very much Ms. Randolph for your prayers of healing; the loss of my father has been very difficult but we are continuing to persevere. He always spoke very fondly of his memories growing up in Crestwood and he instilled many of those values within his children as well- family, love and community.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave kind sentiments about my daddy… he is gone but DEFINITELY not forgotten!!

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    Matilda Wstson says

    Sending prayers to the Hines family and my dear friend Joy.

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    Vernell Batts says

    My condolence to the family of Mr. Hines. May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one is resting in the limitless memory of Jehovah. You can be reunited withhim again when death will be no more.[ ISAIAH 25:8]
    As long as hearts remember
    As long as hearts still care
    We do not part with those we love
    They’re with us everywhere,
    I hope these words will comfort you at this time.

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      Juanita Hines says

      Thank you very much Mr. Batts, we truly appreciate those words of comfort that you’ve extended to our family on the loss of my father! We truly do carry him within us but also miss him tremendously!!

      Anyone who knew my daddy, knew that he loved with all of his heart. Love your loved ones while they’re here as much as you can so that you will never have regrets when they’re no longer here in the flesh.

      May God bless and keep you and your family!

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    Deb Gedney says

    My deepest sympathies to the Hines family on the loss of this kind and caring man who always managed to bring a smile to folks around him, no matter how may have been feeling himself. It was my honor to serve him at the VA.

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      Juanita Hines says

      Thank you very much Ms. Gedney for your kind words, it seems as if you knew my daddy very well! He truly loved to smile, laugh and bring joy to others without regard to how he was feeling and the pain that he consistently experienced.

      As a family member of a service member, we truly appreciate the compassion of professionals such as yourself and the care that you provide for them. Just the fact that you took the time to leave this message of love for my daddy demonstrates just how amazing you are and I know that you left an indelible impression on my dad and all those that you continue to serve. Never underestimate the importance of the work that you do!

      Thank you for taking great care of him while he was on this earth!

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    Anonymous says

    Can’t place Alphonso. I knew Gregory and Cecil. I remember when their mother died. They did not appear to be a rowdy bunch to me, well mannered at Crestwood. Glad to see they did well. I remember seeing the mother once, a thin woman, genial. God bless you all, time is a moving.

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