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BHS graduate dies at home


Andrew Thomas Hinkle, a 2006 Bearden High School graduate who was an All-state center-midfielder on last spring’s BHS Bulldogs’ Class AAA state championship boys soccer team, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 16, at his home in West Knoxville.

Hinkle, 18, is remembered as a “great kid” by BHS soccer head coach Eric Turner, adding, “he was our leader this year on the field” and a “rare two-time team captain.”

“He was a quiet leader that led by example, and I think the kids respected that more than anything else,” Turner added. “He’s one of the key reasons we won a state championship this year, there’s no doubt about it. … He was not going to let us lose. He had a great year for us.”

Saying Hinkle “pushed himself” to be better, the coach added, “For our younger kids he was a great role model on the field.

“We’re going to feel a loss, the kids are going to feel a loss, in his memory. He gave everything he had this year and the four years we had him.”

A member of the National Honor Society at BHS, Hinkle was preparing for his freshman year at The University of Tennessee.

Among immediate family members, Hinkle is survived by his parents, Jim and Linda Hinkle, and brothers Brian and Matthew.

 

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