“It was a warm, wonderful occasion with family and friends coming to witness and encourage Rick.’’
The following year she held up her son as an example of what can happen when a community nurtures its youth.
“The next time I hear someone complaining about how our young black boys are going to the dumps, I will tell them about the Men of Tomorrow event I attended last Saturday, where 25 handsome, young black teenagers who had excelled in academics and community work were presented.’’
Rick, she wrote, had been one of those youngsters in 1976.
“Over the years, he had his share of ups and downs, but the seed had been planted in his mind that I, and many others who loved him, expected the best from him.’’
Rick was especially close to grandson Jaylen , 6, whose mother, Nykeva Hines, is the eldest of Rick and Debra Hines’s three daughters.
Like his grandfather, Jaylen was a little boy when his father died. “Poppa’’ Rick took him fishing and swimming, kept him on weekends, and attended all his football games.
Friday night, after one of those games, Debra Hines thought her husband seemed sluggish and unfocused. He stopped breathing during the night and died at Memorial Hospital Miramar.
She said that Jaylen told her: “I had two daddies and now both are dead. I’m gonna miss Poppa.”
In addition to his wife, mother, brother and daughter Nykeva, Rick Hines is survived by daughters LaQuonia Hines and Jamie Hines Williams.
A memorial service will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Koinonia, 4900 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., West Park.
After funeral at the church at 1 p.m. Saturday, Hines will be buried at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.
The family suggests donations to a scholarship fund in Hines’ name, in lieu of flowers. Details of the fund will be announced.