Cynthia D King (cdk7552@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 1 May 1997 07:56:38 EDT
Wayman Edison Hillis, Kingsport, died Tuesday afternoon (April 29, 1997)
at Asbury Center at Baysmont Health Center.
Mr. Hillis was born in Irving College (Warren County) Tenn., on Sept. 9,
1908, and lived in McMinnville most of his life, until moving to
Kingsport in 1994.
Mr. Hillis was co-owner of Hillis Hardware Co. until his retirement. He
was active in every facet of community life, receiving, among others, the
VFW Citizenship Award, the Silver Beaver Award fro the Boy Scouts of
America, induction into the initial class of the Warren County Sports
Hall of Fame, and recognition as a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow. In
1997 he was included in the publication profiling Warren County's
Distinguished Personalities of the Tennessee Bicentennial 1897-1997.
He served on the Warren County School Board, the boards of directors of
Warren County General Hospital during its planning and construction,
Magness Memorial Library, First National Bank of McMinnville and the
Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge.
He was a long-time member of the Warren County Silver and Gold community
band and was active in University of Tennessee alumni activities. Mr.
Hillis participated in and officiated for many sports and encouraged
participation by many others. He was Scoutmaster of the same troop in
McMinnville for 27 years. His outstanding dedication to Boy Scouting was
representative of his philosophy of service to others.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Surviving are his wife, two daughters, three grandsons and one
granddaughter, and one sister.
The body will be taken to High Funeral Home, 101 N. College St.,
McMinnville, Tenn., for services and burial.
It is suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Magness
Memorial Library Building Fund, 118 W. Main St., McMinnville, Tenn. 37110
or The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, William Black Medical Research
Building, 640 West 168th St., New York, N.Y. 10032.
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