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Funeral: 3 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Visitation: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Interment: Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery
Harold L. Hilliard, age 83, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Tuesday evening, February 6, 2018, at his home.
He was born September 15, 1934, in Akron, Ohio, to Hershel and Doris (Courtright) Hilliard. He married Mary Catherine “Katie” Murphy on May 17, 1955, at Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Geff, and together they shared 62 years of marriage.
Harold’s family moved to Illinois during his youth. He played high school basketball in Cisne, a sport that he remained interested in throughout life, and later emerged into his dedication for the Flora Wolves Basketball team as a devoted fan, as well as serving as assistant coach, and faithfully attending games. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Washington and Alaska. He and Katie started their family in Portland, where he owned a Shell station. Harold loved horses, and he served in the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Posse and Governor’s Honor Guard. Throughout life, Harold made his living working around cars, but his mark was truly made as a man who was always willing to stop whatever he was doing and help someone who was in need, and for giving the most generous gift of all to others—his time. He was a faithful follower of Christ for over 60 years, and was a member of the Louisville Church of Christ where he enjoyed leading others in song.
He is survived by his wife: Katie Hilliard of Flora; son: Michael T. Hilliard of Flora; daughter: Patricia L. Hilliard of Du Quoin; 5 grandchildren: Katelynn Hilliard, Mason Wood, Payton Wood, Bailee Hilliard, and Danielle Hilliard; sister: Mildred (Bob) Grubb of Flora; brother: Dennis (Natalie) Hilliard of Creal Springs; sister-in-law: Sharon Hilliard of Sandwich; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his granddaughter: Tareena Hilliard, and her mother, Amy Paul; and a brother: Lewis Hilliard.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Flora Wolves Basketball or the Carbondale Saluki Swim Club and will be accepted through the funeral home.
Sorry for your loss and were sending prayers ,wanted to let you know ,and give your our support I cant be there sat,so god be with you all,and other friends.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of a very good person. Prayers to Harold's family.
So sorry for your loss. Such a dear sweet man! Thoughts and prayers with you all.
So very sorry....prayers & condolences to Mike & the family. Such a fine man........RIP.
Mike ,Katie,and Patty so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mike, and all the family, we are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
So sorry for your loss Mike & Patty, Prayers for your Family!
Dear Katie & Family. So very sorry for your loss. Harold was a wonderful generous man. I feel so blessed to have known him. Hugs & prayers for you all.
Prayers and hugs to Katie and Mike and family. So sorry for your loss.
Prayers and hugs to Katie and Mike and family. So sorry for your loss.
Harold was a good friend during high school. My prayers are with all my his family.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend...he will be missed.
We are sorry for your loss! We will be praying for you all!
Hello friends. So sorry to hear about Harold. He is one of my favorite friends. He was so good to every kid in town, and attended their basketball games. God bless you all, friend and Christian, Harold and family. With love and prayers, Dave Lewis
Edd and I have such wonderful memories of Harold. Katie, you are in our hearts and prayers. Much love.
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and the family.
Patty, Mason, and Payton... I am sorry for your loss...Harold was always smiling...a sweet smile! Love and hugs....
So sorry, my sympathy to all of the family.
So sorry for your loss. Sending you love and prayers for your family, Mike and Patty.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
So sorry for the family loss of a good Man, Husband and Father. He is now sitting at he hand of God. Prayers for all .
Ms. Hilliard, Mason, and Payton, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. Beth
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sending our love across the miles to you Katie, Mike, Patty! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Harold was such a special man and we are so blessed to call him friend... We wish we could be there with you at this difficult time...
Harold was a great neighbor and a good friend. He was always willing to help and loved to talk. I will miss him a lot. Your family is in my prayers.
So sorry for your loss. Harold will be greatly missed.
From Oklahoma - Condolences of God's Love and prayers for peace and comfort are offered for Harold's family and friends. In Philippians 4:4-9 Paul assures the "peace of God" will be with Kathie, family and friends if they will think of the things Paul writes in this scripture of Harold. Blessings to all +++
So sorry for the loss of your loved one! The pain is like no other, so sorry!
Sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and strength for your family.
The Cisne basketball team would not have been the same without out classmate.. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep him until we meet again.
Our sincere sympathies to Harold's family and many friends during this difficult time. God Bless
So sorry for your Loss. He will be missed on the Golf Course.
Sorry I cant give you anymore quarters like I did when you were little.I still love you,be a good angle,your cousin Modena.
Mike sorry for your loss anything we can do let my sister know ok
Condolences to the family. Praying God gives you peace and comfort.
PATTY I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR DAD MAY GOD BLESS BLESS ALL OF YOUR FAMILY WE WISH EVERYONE THE BEST WE LOVE YOU PATTY AND THE BOYS RICHARD AND VIRGINIA
Sorry for your lost.
Katie, Mike and Patti, I am so sorry for your loss. Harold was a good friend to everyone he knew, and I am sure that is a great comfort to /ou. I am praying for you all. God bless.
So, so sorry, such a good man, meant a lot to me, and had such a great influence on my life. My prayers and condolences.
Mike, I am so very sorry to hear about your father. I hope you can find comfort at this difficult time. All My Love