Jack Allen Hilton, 83, Elizabethton, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Alonzo and Annie Mae Bradley Hilton.
Jack was a 1949 graduate of Elizabethton High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was owner and operator of Hilton’s Bear Safety Service for 40 years.
Jack was a member of Southside Christian Church. He was also a member of the VFW Post No. 2166, the American Legion Post 49, Watauga Masonic Lodge No. 622, the East Tennessee Corvair Club and the Corsa Corvair of America.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Hilton, and a sister, Mary Evelyn Tapley.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Billie June Livingston Hilton; three daughters, Debby Hilton Proffitt and Jackie Hilton Slagle and her husband Charlie, all of Elizabethton, and Phyllis Hilton, Knoxville; two grandsons, Justin Alan Proffitt and wife Sarah, Norfolk, Va., and Jonathan David Proffitt, Winter Garden, Fla.; a granddaughter, Ashton Elizabeth Slagle; a great-grandson, David Alan Proffitt; two nieces, Mary Juanita Hilton Hammitt and Shannon Tapley Vien, Jacksonville, Fla.; and a nephew, James “Jimmy” Hilton.
Funeral services for Mr. Hilton will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Mike Koruschak and Mr. David Siebenaler, ministers, officiating. Honorary minister will be Mr. Paul Knapp. Music will be provided by The Gospel Trio and Mr. Keith Whitehead. The entombment service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, will be Rick Meredith, Frank Mustard, Jimmy Hilton, Gary Simerly, Casey Burgess, Walter Pierce, Andy Naylor and Dwight Stiltner. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and family of the Southside Community, nurses and employees of Ivy Hall Nursing Home, the Elizabethton High School Class of 1949, Elders and Deacons of Southside Christian Church, members of the East Tennessee Corvair Club, Max Williams, Jim Hampton, Jeff Pritchard, Bill Hyder, Paul Lumston, Mack Murray and Randy Lingerfelt. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at his residence. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion and the Tennessee National Guard. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Hilton to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Hilton family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.