James (Jim) Sidney Hillman, 86, of Brevard, NC, passed away March 2, 2021. He was born in New Haven Connecticut on July 8, 1934. James was a graduate of Hill House High School in New Haven. He proudly served the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1959. James then went to work as a draftsman for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company (a division of Olin Corporation) in New Haven. In 1964 he transferred to Olin Corporation’s Fine Paper and Film Group at Pisgah Forest, NC. He was promoted to Chief Draftsman in 1972. His knowledge of the machinery led to a later promotion to Maintenance Engineer. He stayed with the company through its purchase by P.H. Glatfelter and retired in 1999.
James was a member of the Red Devils company league softball team and bowled in the company league for several years. He was a member of the Transylvania Cruisers antique automobile car club where he and his wife Anita enjoyed attending many car shows with their classic Baby Packard sedan.
James was the eldest child of Sidney Rufus Hillman and Victoria Louella Thomas. He is survived by sisters Jane Gerard, Martha Tokarczyk, and Dorothy (and her husband Frank) Magnotta. He will be deeply missed by his wife Anita of 59 years. James is survived by his children: James Hillman Jr.; and Victoria Shuford, her husband Kent, and grandchildren: Jacob Shuford, Holly Shuford, and Sara Shuford. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
Services will be held March 13, 2021, at Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations, 100 North Country Club Rd, Brevard, NC. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a Funeral service at 11:00 am. with Father Shawn O'Neal officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory, Pisgah Forest, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 222 S. Church St. Suite 336M, Charlotte, NC 28202 or Alzheimer’s Association, 31 College Place, Suite D320, Asheville, NC 28801.
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