A memorial service will be held at The Rock, 315 S. 4th East St., in Mountain Home, Thursday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service at the American Legion Post #26.
Hilton was born April 13, 1936, in Parmele, N.C., son of Wilmer Biggs and Hattie Ray James-Biggs. He grew up in Martin County where he helped on the family farm.
He joined the U.S. Air Force on May 5, 1958, and served his country proudly for 22 years. During his service, Hilton met and later married Lauralee Gust on May 29, 1966. They moved back and settled in Mountain Home.
Hilton then worked locally in Mountain Home for Samson Truck Line (owned by Dick and Loraine Edgar) until 1985. At that time he joined the Civil Service until he retired in 1998. After his retirement, Hilton worked for both Liercke Construction and Ronnie Liercke Construction.
Upon retirement, Hilton was a huge fan of NASCAR racing, ATVing, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing at Fall Creek Resort. His evenings would be spent deer watching while partaking in his love for Western novels.
Hilton also enjoyed a little beef auction every now and then when he wasn't raising them in his backyard.
Hilton is survived by his wife, Lauralee, son Wilmer, daughters Kim and Jeri, seven grandchildren; Joshua, Stacie, Tifanie, Nicole, Kimberleigh,Tracy, and E.C., 73Ž4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents and one grandchild Tracie. Now heis watching the North Carolina TARHEELS with the true TARHEELS fans because God made the sky "TARHEEL'S blue"!