YAZOO CITY, Miss. – Robert D. “Sha” Hines, president of Yazoo Planters Gin Co., Yazoo City, died Sunday, Dec. 19, following an extended illness.

“He was the consummate southern gentleman,” says Tim Price, executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, of which Mr. Hines was a long-time member. “His interest in farming and the cotton industry, and his personal involvement in the ginning sector and our association spanned his working lifetime.

Mr. Hines was president of the Mississippi Ginners Association in 1988-89 and served as a director of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association for many years. He was honored with the association’s “Ginner of the Year” award in 2001.

He began his ginning career more than 50 years ago, writing gin tickets for his father. At the time the family gin processed four bales of hand-picked cotton per hour. Now, Yazoo Planters Gin is a state-of-the-art operation that turns out more than 30 bales per hour.

“I’ve seen cotton production move from mule power to six-row mechanical harvesters today,” he said in an interview in 2001, the year his gin processed a record 46,240 bales of cotton.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Hines played a leadership role in many industry and community organizations, including Farm Bureau, the Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association, and the South Mississippi Electric Power Association.

He was also active in the Delta Wildlife Federation, the National Cotton Council, the Delta Council, the Yazoo County School Board, the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce, and the Yazoo Community Action Agency.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, he was a member of its Bulldog Club and the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Mr. Hines is survived by his wife, Sara, three daughters, two sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Yazoo City First United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.

Memorials may be made to the church at 203 N. Washington, Yazoo City MS 39194.