Fred Hinton Rhinehardt

Published 3:12 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Fred Hinton Rhinehardt, 91, passed away on July 12, 2021 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 

Born in Piedmont, Alabama on Oct. 7, 1929, Fred graduated from Piedmont High School and served in the Air Force thinking he might receive a warm exotic assignment, but instead was sent to Fairbanks, Alaska. Upon discharge at Eglin Air Force Base, he established a deep connection to the Gulf Coast, teaching water skiing, skin diving and enjoying life above freezing.

Fred graduated with an engineering degree from Auburn University in 1954, and wore his orange and blue with pride. Upon graduation he began his career in Troy, Alabama in apparel manufacturing with Alatex and Cluett Peabody. In 1962 he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Andalusia where he continued his career with Alatex and later became president. They spent the next 19 years raising their three children, establishing lifelong friendships and were always proud to call Andalusia home. In 1981 Fred and Barabara moved to Weston, Connecticut and afterwards to Barneveld, New York, where he continued his career as a Vice President of Cluett Peabody and President of Duofold Inc.

After retirement he enjoyed several volunteer assignments as a manufacturing consultant in Barbados and Egypt. Fred and Barbara retired to Atlanta before returning to the panhandle. There he settled into an easy coastal life on his own slice of paradise in Mary Ester, Florida, returning to sailing, piddling during the day and enjoying the shank of the evening on the dock.

Fred served as president of the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce, deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Andalusia, Cubmaster of Pack 46, member of the board of education for Andalusia City Schools, and member and President of the Andalusia Rotary Club.

He will be remembered by all as kind, playful, generous and patient.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gilliland Rhinehardt; parents, Albert Lester and Ollie Miller Rhinehardt; and sister, Peggy Rhinehardt Edwards.

He is survived by his sister, Mona Rhinehardt Fuqua of Gunthersville, Alabama; three children, Jann (Jack) Murray of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; Jill (Doug) Barden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Eric (Suzanne) Rhinehardt of Nashville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Andalusia on August 7, at 10:30 a.m., for both Fred and Barbara (who passed away in the early stages of the pandemic on April 24, 2020). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samuel Ginn School of Engineering, Attn: Wade Welch,1320 Shelby Center, Auburn University, AL 36879.  Please visit the online Tribute at Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.