Walter was born in 1895, the son of Matthew Wallace Hinkle and Mary Elizabeth Bane. He was the brother of Ashby Lee Hinkle (1890-1934), Hallie G Hinkle-Rowe (1893-1984), Hettie L Hinkle (1898-1975), & an unnamed Infant Hinkle (1900-1900).
Walter married Ida Short in 1919 in SunHill, Wyoming County, West Virginia and they were the parents of of Ray Otway Hinkle (1921-2001), Beulah Hinkle-Kucek (1923-2008), Mary Marie Hinkle (1926-1927), Betty Hinkle-Knepp, G Katherine Hinkle (1928-2012), Billy Hinkle & Frank Hinkle.
Walter served as a Private in the U.S. Army in World War I and he passed away in 1981.
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