Funeral services for "Sarge", 81 of Montgomery, will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Pastor Randy Weaver officiating. Interment will follow at 11:45 a.m. in Houston National Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2003 from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Cashner Funeral Home.
Mr. Hilson was born on March 4, 1922 in Conroe, Texas and passed away on March 17, 2003 in Conroe, Texas. He entered the U.S. Calvary on March 14, 1939, he was in the 9th Infantry in World War II, and the 3rd infantry in the Korean Conflict. He retired from the army as a Master Sergeant. During his service he was awarded the following: Bronze Star Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters; sharpshooter badge with rifle bar; army commendation medal; Purple Heart; Republic of Korea Presidential unit citation; good conduct medal; American Defense service medal; American campaign medal; European-African-Middle Eastern campaign medal with 3 bronze service stars; World War II Victory medal; Army of Occupation medal with Germany and Japan Clasps; National Defense Service Medal; Korean service Medal with 3 bronze service stars; United Nations service medal; combat infantryman badge; honorable service lapel button (WWII); overseas bars; service stripes; and expert badge with pistol bar.
His wife, Maxine Ashe Hilson, preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Miller of Tempe, Arizona; son, Hugh Irvin Hilson of Oregon City, Oregon; step-sons, Robert "Bob" Ashe of California and Larry Ashe of Torrance, California; sister, Estelle Stout of Lafayette, Louisiana; special friends of the family, Patsy Dover of Navasota, and Roy Cook; cousin, Mary Jefferson of Conroe.
Pallbearers will be the American Legion Post #618 of Willis, and honorary pallbearers from the VFW of Conroe. A reception, starting at 1:30 p.m., will be held at the VFW hall.