William Birdie Hillard was born November 14, 1923 in Livermore, Kentucky to the late Murl and Iva Lou Coffman Hillard, was married to the former Ray Kassinger on December 15, 1951, and was better known as "Chief" by his flea market friends. He was a self-employed furniture upholsterer and a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II. B was a mason, a member of the Rizpah Temple in Madisonville, and also enjoyed dancing, gardening, and going to flea markets.
In addition to his parents, Birdie was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Ray Hillard, who passed away July 16, 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Eaton and husband, Eldon of Livermore; five grandchildren, Jesse T. Huff, Jr. and wife, Beth of Madisonville, Terry Huff of Owensboro, Christopher Freels and wife, Brenda, Matt Huff and wife, Carey, and Shelly Stevens and husband, Aaron all of Livermore; eleven great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmy Hillard of Livermore and Leon Hillard of Island; and four sisters, Sue Henson of Dry Ridge, KY, Janice House of Hartford, Brenda Simpson, and Becky Sutherlin both of Livermore.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Muster Funeral Homes, Livermore Chapel with the Rev. Tony St. Clair officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Livermore with Military Honors conducted by the McLean County Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post # 5415. Friends may visit with B's family from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Friday at Musters in Livermore.
The William B. "Chief" Hillard family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the McLean County Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post #5415, Honor Guard Unit; C/O David Bolton; 1026 Doug Hill Road; Island, Kentucky 42350. Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at Musters in Livermore.
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