Rev. Ted Hilliard
Born: 08/31/1922 Died: 08/29/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a
The Rev. Ted Hilliard passed away on Aug. 29, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark., two days prior to his 89th birthday. He was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Grapevine, Texas, to George Washington Hilliard and Daisy Dean Callahan Hilliard, who was a Choctaw original enrollee.
Hilliard farmed in both Texas and California until the late 1950s. He then operated a nursery and landscape business in California, retiring from that business and relocating to Sallisaw in the early 1990s. Before leaving California, he taught high school vocational education classes in Chowchilla, Calif.
He served as pastor for Round Mountain Community Church in Vian for several years. The Rev. Hilliard was proud of his Choctaw lineage, which traces to Louis Durant, one of the earliest intermarried whites in Mississippi. He served in the U.S. Army in Italy and North Africa, receiving an honorable discharge in 1945.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha and Hattie Belle.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Marie Good of Sallisaw; and two sons, Rev. Phillip Hilliard of Alhambra, Calif., and Ted C. Hilliard of Tracyton, Wash.; six grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.