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B. Paul Hillman
B. Paul HillmanFlagB. Paul (Squire) Hillman, 90, who passed away on Wednesday morning, November 19, was a longtime resident of the West Jackson community near Richwood.

He was born on a cold night on December 17, 1923 in a mining camp near Bluefield, West Virginia. A pitcher of water froze in the bedroom where he was born. He was of English, Scots-Irish, and Cherokee descent and a distant relative of President Andrew Jackson.

He grew up in the Millseat area of Ashland, Kentucky, but his family was originally from southwest Virginia. His ancestors helped settle the United States, and some were longhunters who traveled with Daniel Boone. Others served in the French-Indian, the Revolutionary, and Civil wars. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed at Mare Island Naval Base in Vallejo, California, and later at a Navy facility in the Philippines.

His great grandfather was a minister as well as his father. Paul graduated from what is now Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, Kentucky in 1958, and preached on occasion and was a Sunday school teacher for many years.  He was an electrician, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and worked for 35 years for Triple Service in Marion.

He was a faithful, kind, humble, hard-working, godly, loving man. A truly good man. He was devoted to his wife, Fern, for over 72 years and had a deep love for all of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He had a wry sense of humor, a calm confidence, intelligent eyes, and a fondness for Lawrence Welk, fishing, and cherry pie.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bascom Paul and Tempa Alice Hillman, and two brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his sister Peggy Vermillion, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; his four children, Paul Michael (Olivia) Hillman, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Diana (Ron) Martin, Richwood; Dennis Ray (Pamela) Hillman, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Betty Shaunene (Jim) Van Buren, Grand Rapids, Michigan; his fourteen grandchildren, Nathan Hillman, Rachel Shafran, Sara (Hamdy) Kassem, Danae (Jamie) Marquis, Danielle (Billy) Hoff, Danara (Zach) Moore, Elizabeth (Andrew) Beatty, Jessie (Rachel) Hillman, Andrew (Shannon) Hillman, Elizabeth (Doug) Blocksma, Matthew Hillman, Joanna Hillman, Chris (Ayten) Van Buren, April Van Buren; and his ten great grandchildren.  

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, where friends may call two hours prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Sons Paul Michael Hillman and Dennis Hillman will officiate.  Military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Paul Hillman Scholarship in care of North Union High School, 401 N. Franklin St., Richwood, Ohio 43344.

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#1 from: Tommy and Chris Floyd
Soddy Daisy, TN
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Squire's passing .  We loved him so much and will miss him greatly.  My Mom was really sad to hear about his passing, also. She loved him very much also.  Our thoughts, love and prayers are with each and every family member! May God hold you close to Him and comfort you in this great loss!  We love you all !  Love, Tommy and Chris

#2 from: Bob and Donna Clady
Richwood, Ohio
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Dennis and family,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You all will be in our prayers during this difficult time.
Bob and Donna Clady

#3 from: Bonnie Williamson Dantzer
Springfield, Oh
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Reading this brought back many memories. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.

#4 from: Ned & Terry Bumgarner
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

#5 from: Gail DeGood-Guy and Tom Guy
Richwood, Ohio
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

We are so very sorry for your loss.  We wish we could be there as team members of the Richwood Area Veterans for his military funeral honors.   We send our sincere condolences to our brother in arms.  May God rest his soul.      

#6 from: Lavone "Kerns" Eastman
Mount Victory, Ohio
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I did not know B. Paul Hillman, but I went to school at Byhalia with his son, Paul. I wish to share my sympathy with the whole family. I read the obituary of Mr. Hillman. What a wonderful man he must have been. May the LORD bless you all with HIS wonderful Peace.

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