John Raymond Hillman, Sr. April 14, 1927 - November 24, 2019

John Raymond Hillman, Sr., 92, of Fletcher passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his residence.  Born in PA, he was a son of the late Emma Roberta Flower and Raymond Stanley Hillman.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean Louise Thomas Hillman; and a brother, Charles Hillman.

John served in the US Navy as a photographer during WWII.  He was employed by Kadet Photo Supply in Pittsburgh, PA as a sales manger until his retirement. He was a member of Avery’s Creek UMC and the Hominy Lodge A.F. & A.M. #491, Candler, NC. Prior to becoming ill, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a former Master Mason at Enon Valley Lodge #411, Enon Valley, PA.  John was a long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts and received the Silver Beaver Award for his commitment to the program.

Survivors include his daughters, Joyce Hillman of the home, Janice Hillman of Simpsonville, SC, Judi Leinhouser and husband David of Allentown, PA; sons, John Hillman, Jr. and wife Bonnie of Allentown, PA and James Hillman of Monaca, PA; grandchildren, Jessica and husband Rob Fortney, Jamin and wife Erin Maradei, Kelsey Hillman, John and Claire Leinhauser; great-grandchildren, Jillian and Dominic Fortney, Adelaide Maradei, Kyleigh and Reese Finamore; sister-in-law, Frances Hillman of East Palestine, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews who enjoyed talking with Uncle Johnny.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Avery’s Creek UMC, 874 Glenn Bridge Rd. SE, Arden, NC 28704 with Chandler Ragland officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Honor Flight, 423 N King St. Hendersonville, NC 28792 or by Clicking Here.




Date: 12/08/2019
Time: 2:00PM


Avery’s Creek UMC

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  1. Denny Edwards. fomal General Manager of Kaget Photo says

    I met John when I was hired by David Mercur, President of Liberty Photo Supply in Pittsburgh, about 1958. John was the buyer for the business and I was his assistant. John was very patient and kind. Our relationship lasted though Liberty Photo and continued at Kadet Photo for many years until his retirement. I will always be grateful for John’s advice, council, mentoring and friendship. We kept in touch through last Christmas. I know that I speak for many in the professional photographic industry when I say. “thank you for your many years of dedicated service to our industry”

  2. Brad Hillman says

    Joyce, Janet, Judy, John and Jim-

    Please accept my deepest sympathy and extend my condolences to your families, on the loss of your father. I know that he had a good run, but, I also know how hard it is to lose someone so special from the great generation.

    I remember fondly my time as a youth, with Uncle John, family friend John Mummey, and, my dad, trout fishing along the north fork of the Little Beaver. And, in the fall, hunting rabbits and pheasant around the fields of Enon Valley and, trips to the Duck Inn II for deer camp. Those were great times of story telling and fun. I am lucky to have had them. Uncle John was the last of the old timers. And, although he hadn’t been “up to camp” for many years; those old stories continue on now thru “the youngsters” ( me and my high school and college friends, who were the kids at camp) to another generation. It is my hope that we can do it half as well.

    Your dad was a good man and a great uncle. Please know that he is missed.

  3. Alisa CerconeSchell says

    Our deepest sympathy to the Hillman family. John was a wonderful person and friend of the Schell family for many years. He took our wedding photos. He and Jean were both wonderful people. Bill and I always enjoyed his quick wit and wisdom.