William "Bill" Nelson Hilliard, 60, of Bunker Hill, passed away, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, peacefully in his home, which he shared with his loving wife of 41 years, Deborah Ruth (DeHaven) Hilliard.
Born Nov. 6, 1952, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late George and Evelyn (Kerns) Hilliard.
Bill graduated in 1970 from Shepherdstown High School. He went on to attend WVU and later worked for General Motors.
On Aug. 19, 1972, he married the love of his life, Debbie, and together they were owner/operators of HillHaven Dairy Farm in Pikeside for over 20 years. He served on the board of directors of FHA and Southern-States Co-op. He was a member of the Holstein Association, D.H.I.A., Farm Bureau, and was a proud supporter of local youth organizations, such as 4-H, FFA, and Berkeley County Youth Fair. Throughout his life he received many awards including West Virginia State Farmer, and "Outstanding Farmer of the Year" by Potomac Edison.
Bill was a dedicated family man, who loved the land because he was "Strong hearted, Strong handed, and Strong headed."
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marlene Edward Walters; and a brother, Donald Hilliard.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Deborah R. (DeHaven) Hilliard; three sons, William Jason Hilliard and his fiance, Bobbi Jo Jenkins, Zackary Arron Hilliard, and Marcus Nelson Hilliard and his wife, Renee; grandchildren, Natalie and Arron Hilliard, Dustin and Cheyenne Pierce, Aleister Trusty, Travis Martin, and Desiree and Mason Myers; two sisters, Linda Johnston and Kay Manor; and his ever faithful yorkie, Tike Hilliard.
He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rosedale Funeral Home, Martinsburg.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Rosedale Funeral Home with the Rev. Bucky Chapman officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Johnston, Matt DeHaven, Scottie Dugan, Greg Ahalt, Ronal Greise, and Tom Shade. Honorary pallbearers were Johnathon Dugan, Travis Martin and Greg Shiley.
Interment followed in Rosedale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of William Hilliard to the Berkeley County Youth Fair Association, P.O. Box 1302, Martinsburg, WV 25402.
Condolences may be sent to www.rosedalefuneral.com.