Howard Gene "Tinker" Hair

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Howard Gene "Tinker" Hair

Abilene - Howard Gene "Tinker" Hair, age 84, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 in Abilene, Texas. He was born October 6, 1936, in Tyler, Texas, to Palmer and Nettie Hair. He was married to Lillie Mae Hair on July 6, 1957. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many.

Tinker is survived by his wife, Lill Hair; brother, Bobby McBride of Arlington; daughter, Debbie and husband, Tommy Williams of Brownwood; son, Larry and wife, Robin Hair of Early; son, Tully and wife, Donna Hair of Early; and son, Jody and wife, Cindy Hair of Snyder, Texas. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren, Mandy Houston, Joshua Harrell, Holly Pallette, Heather Bryant, Larin Hair, Christopher Hair, Cortney Hair, Russell Hair, Abby Hair and Richelle Hair. He is also survived by 28 great-grandchildren.

Tinker was preceded in death by his mother, Nettie Locke Hair McBride; father, Palmer Ralph Hair; sister, Jackie Patterson; brother, Fred McBride; and brother James Lee "Sonny" Hair.

He worked 44 years for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was known as a hard worker, antique car enthusiast, and always had a car to work on. He spent majority of his time working in the shop, working on the land, and attending events for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved going to car shows, playing horseshoes, water skiing, and attending local sport events.

Posted online on August 24, 2021