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William Hilliard

William was born May 1, 1965 in Dallas, TX to Rita Prater Hilliard and Donald Wayne Hilliard. He graduated from Slocum High School, and was a member of Muse Missionary Baptist Church.

William loved his uncle John and thought he did no wrong. Uncle John would help him say his ABC’s; but he liked to never got him to say them correctly. When William started to school, on the first day the teacher called him Bill, he told her that was not his name, his name was William. William was picking peas and dragging around so his mom picked up a few pea vines and spanked him with them. This tickled Uncle John so much that he gave him the name “Peavine”. The Hilliard family moved to Slocum in 1974, he was so happy to be in the country. That is when his love for horses started. He started driving trucks after graduation, and thought there was no greater truck than “Peterbilt.” He also did farm, pipeline, and construction work. If he ever met you he never would forget you. We would go to Waco for doctor’s appointments and I don’t think we passed a place that he didn’t know who it belonged to. He was very tender hearted, he would give you the shirt off his back. He was also quick tempered. The softer side of William was his special nephew, Corbin. He loved him dearly. For Christmas, he gave him a Shetland pony named Shotgun. You better not let Corbin hear you call Shotgun a pony because Corbin would let you know he was a horse. And then came JoJo Bowman. William always had something for his special friend to eat or drink when he was around.

Today we say goodbye to William, but we will see him again in Heaven.

Graveside Memorial Service: Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 2:00 PM

Strong Memorial Cemetery, Slocum, TX

Family & Friends Visitation

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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