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Rev. James Manchester Hindle, 89

Rev. James Manchester Hindle, 89

Rev. James Manchester Hindle, 89, of Hendersonville died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Carolina Village Medical Center.

Jim was born July 3, 1925, in Drexel Hill, Pa., to the late Howard Brooke Hindle and Marion Beach Manchester Hindle. He graduated from Upper Darby High School and Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. He received his Masters in Theology from General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1952. He also spent a year studying at St. Augustine's College in Canterbury, England.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as an electrician aboard the U.S.S. Decker, an Atlantic convoy ship.

Jim spent his adult life as an Episcopal priest, serving parishes in Mt. Holly, Tryon and Greensboro. His first and final parish was in Bat Cave at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. He also served as chaplain and headmaster of the Bethany School in Cincinnati and as chaplain at Christ School in Arden.

Affectionately known as "Father Jim" throughout his career, he married Carol Burch in Bat Cave. They lived in Bat Cave and Hendersonville until her death in 2013.

Community service was important to Jim. In addition to mentoring young people, he served as chaplain of the Bat Cave Fire Department and VFW Post 10473. He also served on the board of Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville.

He is survived by his brother's children, Margaret Hindle Hazen of Bethesda, Md., and Donald Morris Hindle of Greenwich, N.J., as well as by the children of his two step-brothers: Robert Goldsmith, Barry Goldsmith, and Barbara Goldsmith McGuire.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

An online register book available for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.