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Mr. Hillis, World War II Patriot, passes. Eulogized by his Son

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Homer Hudson Hillis, Sr., a World War II Navy veteran andproud resident of Uvalde, passed away Thanksgiving Day morning at age 87,following a brief period of illness.   Hewas born January 22, 1925 in Sabinal to Benjamin Winslow and Clara Kate Hillis. Hudson lived a life ofcontentment, a gentle and humble man much beloved by family and respected byeveryone he met. He was gifted withsimple tastes – gardening, hunting, and especially fishing – as well as anabundance of common sense and deep thinking.   A patriot, Hudson enlisted in themilitary in 1943, along with his brother Martin, and his lifelong friend, BryanConnor. As a merchant marine, he made 21roundtrips to the Philippines during the war. Upon his return, Hudson seldomleft Uvalde and then only for short stays.He loved being home and with his friends and loved ones too much to stayaway for longer stretches. He spent 34years working for the United States Post Office. {{more}}   Hudson was most in his elementwhen he was enjoying nature, the ever-changing seasons, and, of course,fishing. As far as his family knows, henever owned a good fish scale and never exceeded his allotment offish tales and exaggerations. He proudlytaught his son and his grandchildren to fish, too, so that they might bothenjoy the time spent with nature and never know hunger.   Hudson is survived byhis wife, Johnnie Hillis of Uvalde; two daughters, Linda Gloor and husband,Carroll of Universal City, and Helen Hillis of San Antonio; son, Homer HudsonHillis, Jr. and wife, Ronda of Abilene; four grandchildren, Katy Engle, DannyEngle, Johnny Ray Engle, and Hannah Hillis; and two great-grandchildren, JesseyEngle and Christian Brand. He waspreceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Barnes, Martin, and NolanHillis; and two sisters, Johnnie Faye Hillis and Winnie Clements. Hudson is also survived by a large communityof friends, everyone of whom feels blessed to have known and grown wiser fromtheir time spent with this good-spirited man.   Graveside services were be heldon Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Sabinal Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Don Hillis,Robert Hillis, David Engle, Ken Rutherford, Jimmy Rutherford, Charley Newman,Thurman Shackleford, Danny Engle, Johnny Ray Engle, David Hillis, and JohnHillis. The family would like to thankthe wonderful care at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation, and Uvalde MemorialHospital. Memorial donations may be madeto the Uvalde Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, 1025 Garner Field Rd.,Uvalde, TX 78801. Death is the worst; a fatewhich all must try; And, for our country, tis a bliss to die. The gallant man,though slain in fight he be, yet leaves his nation safe, his children free,entails a debt on all the grateful state; his own brave friends shall glory inhis fate; His wife lived honor’d, all his race to succeed; and late hisposterity enjoy the deed! – Alexander Pope

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