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Harold Hilliard

veteranSep 15th, 1934 - Feb 6th, 2018

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. 


Jean Henson

Nov 10, 1933 - Feb 22, 2018

Doug King

Sep 13, 1956 - Feb 20, 2018

Elmo Kebodeaux

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Emma Henson

Oct 11, 1936 - Feb 16, 2018

Veda Campbell

May 23, 1945 - Feb 9, 2018





February 8th

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.

Scott Paxton

February 7th

Very sorry to hear of the passing of a very good person. Prayers to Harold's family.

Debbie Greenwood

February 7th

So sorry for your loss. Such a dear sweet man! Thoughts and prayers with you all.

Jerry "Butch" Erwin

February 7th

So very sorry....prayers & condolences to Mike & the family. Such a fine man........RIP.

Chris & Bev Britton

February 7th

Mike ,Katie,and Patty so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

John and Judy Lusk

February 7th

Mike, and all the family, we are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Misty Henson Bradham

February 7th

So sorry for your loss Mike & Patty, Prayers for your Family!

Jack & Betty Enlow

February 7th

Dan & Dodie Payne

February 8th

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.

Amy Simpson

February 8th

Prayers and hugs to Katie and Mike and family. So sorry for your loss.

Amy Simpson

February 8th

Prayers and hugs to Katie and Mike and family. So sorry for your loss.

Vernal Roush

February 8th

Harold was a good friend during high school. My prayers are with all my his family.

Lisa Erbacher

February 8th

So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend...he will be missed.

Terry Igert

February 8th

We are sorry for your loss! We will be praying for you all!

David Lewis

February 8th

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

Julie Sterchi

February 8th

Edd and I have such wonderful memories of Harold. Katie, you are in our hearts and prayers. Much love.

Ron& Oralene Lindsey

February 8th

We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and the family.

Libbie Oakes

February 8th

Patty, Mason, and Payton... I am sorry for your loss...Harold was always smiling...a sweet smile! Love and hugs....

Lucy Burgess

February 8th

So sorry, my sympathy to all of the family.

Jackie Thatcher-Brandibas

February 8th

So sorry for your loss. Sending you love and prayers for your family, Mike and Patty.

Barb eckelberry

February 8th

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Max McKneelen

February 8th

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 .

Beth Roberts

February 8th

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

Linda Kennedy

February 8th

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Don & Jane Evans, Roger & Kendal Edmison, Chris & Kelley Anderson

February 8th

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...

Mike LeMay

February 8th

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.

Lewis/Vicki Courtright

February 8th

So sorry for your loss. Harold will be greatly missed.

Jerry K. Coldren, Pastor

February 8th

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 +++

Patty Manuel

February 8th

So sorry for the loss of your loved one! The pain is like no other, so sorry!

Anita Dickerson

February 9th

Sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and strength for your family.

Rich Ash

February 9th

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.

Doug & Debbie (Showalters) Slover

February 9th

Our sincere sympathies to Harold's family and many friends during this difficult time. God Bless

Dennis Major

February 9th

So sorry for your Loss. He will be missed on the Golf Course.

Moderns green

February 9th

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.

Steve and Gayla karns

February 9th

Mike sorry for your loss anything we can do let my sister know ok

Bill & Charlene Gilmore

February 9th

Condolences to the family. Praying God gives you peace and comfort.


February 10th


Steve&glenda wiley

February 9th

Sorry for your lost.

Edna Sebring5

February 12th

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.

Asher Wathan

February 14th

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.

Dena Rinehart

February 16th

Mike, I am so very sorry to hear about your father. I hope you can find comfort at this difficult time. All My Love



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