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Franklin L. “Leroy” Hillman

Franklin L. “Leroy” Hillman

HEATHSVILLE—Franklin L. “Leroy” Hillman of Heathsville, formerly of Ellicott City, Md., passed away on Saturday, July 20.

He was born to the late Mazie and William R. Hillman on April 12, 1933, in Ophelia. He graduated from Northumberland High School.

He married Betty A. Rew on December 5, 1952, and spent most of his married life living in Maryland. He was a subsidy rate analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.   

He retired to the Northern Neck in 1996 and attended St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville.

Mr. Hillman was a 60-year member of the Masons and was a member of the Jephthah Lodge (formerly Mt. Nebo Lodge) in Baltimore, Md. He was recognized for his membership in a ceremony held in Maryland earlier this year. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Hillman is survived by his children, Julie A. Hillman of Fredericksburg, Valerie Hyer (Mike) of Woodbine, Md., and Christopher (Resa) Hillman of Blackstone. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Rew Blocher (Jared) of Sykesville, Md., Kathryn R. Saulsbury (Travis) of Sykesville, Md., Chasen C. Hillman of Blackstone, Melissa Coffey (Mike) of Cary, N.C., Jeffrey Hyer (Jo) of Woodbine, Md., and Nathan Hyer of Woodbine, Md., as well as great-grandchildren, Cynthia Coffey, Braelynn and Bowen Blocher, and Emerson and Caleb Saulsbury. He also is survived by a brother William E. Hillman (Bettie) of Ophelia.

Mr. Hillman is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Betty A. Hillman.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Rappahannock General Hospital and Commonwealth Assisted Living for care given during Mr. Hillman’s last years of his life.

A celebration of Mr. Hillman’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10, at  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6807 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA 22473.

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