Wally Simpson Hines, 76, of Galveston and Houston, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at UTMB Hospital.
His family will receive visitors from 4:00 until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 25th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 31st and Broadway, in Galveston.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Thursday, April 26th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 14th and Broadway, in Galveston, with Father EJ Stein, OFM and Deacon Doug Matthews officiating. Burial will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, NY.
Wally was born June 19, 1935 in Burlington, North Carolina. He moved from North Carolina to New York in 1961, where he met the love of his life, Rosalie Asta, and married at the Top of the Fair Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1965. Wally and Rosalie moved to Houston in 1967 when Wally was Vice President and Director of Marketing for Wide Light Corp. In 1972, he founded a lighting and electrical sales company with his partner, Sherm Alford. He was a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Wally retired in 2010. He was involved in real estate and served on the Board of Directors of Southeast Commerce Bank. He was also a longtime president of the Galvestonian Homeowners Association and the Islander East Homeowners Association.
Wally had numerous and varied interests and activities. He loved to dance, play tennis, shoot pool, read newspapers and periodicals, and look up words in the dictionary. He enjoyed listening to “Rhapsody in Blue” and “The Three Tenors.” Wally was an avid reader of Wine Spectator magazine and enjoyed learning all there was to know about different types of wine. He was of the Catholic faith.
Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Wentworth Scarboro Hines and Douglas Elizabeth Wood Hines; sister-in-law, Serena (Sherry) R. Asta; mother-in-law, Rosalia Asta; father-in-law, John Asta; and brothers-in-law, Austin and Anthony Asta and Russell Samo.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 47 years, Rosalie Asta Hines; son, Wally S. Hines, Jr. and wife, Kim; grandsons, Scott Hines and wife, Stacy, Wally S. Hines, III, and Christopher Hines; great granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hines; sisters-in-law, Ann Samo and Stella Asta; niece, Joy Oropallo and husband, Anthony; nephews, Anthony Samo and wife, Rosemary, John Asta and wife, Selvi, and Anthony Asta and wife, Rachel; great nephews, Donnie Oropallo and wife, Felicia, Russell Oropallo and wife, Jackie, Jonathan Asta, Brian Asta, and Anthony Asta, Jr.; great niece, Bianca Asta; great great nephew, Logan Oropallo; and great great niece, Mya Oropallo.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Thomae, Carlos Ovies, Bill Alford, Ken Strange, and Austin Edgar.
Wally’s family would like to thank Maria “Chayo” Pimentel, Jo Ann Hardey, their friends at the Galvestonian, and all of their Galveston friends.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Association for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301, alsa.org; or to the charity of your choice.