James “Bibby” Hilluard Hillman, 83, of Cotuit, MA and Pinellas Park, FL passed away from cancer on January 22. He bravely accepted his diagnosis and courageously fought for more time. We are forever grateful for the time he gave us.
Born March 21, 1934 to Robert “Hick” and Annie (Ball) Hillman in Leakesville, MS. He joined the Navy at the age of 18 and served in the Vietnam War on the USS Lloyd Thomas and the USS Bainbridge. He married Ruth (Haley) Hillman June 15, 1957 and settled in Attleboro, MA to raise his family. Once his children graduated high school he and Ruth moved to Cotuit, MA. Eventually he became a snowbird who spent summers in Cotuit and winters in Pinellas Park. He is fondly remembered for his love of gardening, long walks, and the seashore as well as his warm, loving smile that brought comfort to everyone it graced.
Preceded in death by his wife Ruth Hillman; parents, Hick and Annie Hillman; brothers, Bob Hillman, Donnie Frank Hillman, Ralph Hillman, and Paul Hillman. He is survived by his partner, Celia Pierce; children, Richard (Shellie) Hillman of Beaumont, MS and Catherine (Doug) Goodwin of Townsend, MA; grandchildren Brian Chalifoux of Lowell, MA, Amy (Jeffrey Braucher) Chalifoux of Boulder, CO, Robert (Rhesa) Hillman of Richton, MS, and Katelyn Hillman of Beaumont, MS; great grandchildren Evelyn Braucher and Ava Grace Hillman; and his brother Jim Lewis Hillman of Leakesville, MS.
A wake will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 6-9 pm at Freeman Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Freeman Funeral Home with his granddaughter, Amy Chalifoux-Braucher and Bro. Kenny Ball officiating. Interment will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Online condolences may be given at www.freemanleakesville.com. Freeman Funeral Home- Leakesville, MS
Special thanks to the staff at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL you gave us the gift of time. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Cancer Society, and/or the Moffitt Cancer Center.