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“My deepest sympathy to Gary's family. I remember Gary as a cheerful, sweet classmate at Hildebran, always with a smile on his face. His courage in...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Rita Shumate Miller

“To the Gary Hildebran Family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. May the knowledge of knowing he is resting in Jesus's arms give...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Betty Jo Stine Pierce - Hickory, NC

“I was truly blessed to have known Gary for a short period of about 5 year's I have attended Hildebran United Methodist church for a little over 5...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Todd Speigle - Hildebran, NC

“Donna and Family, may the good Lord bless you in this sorrowful time and greet Gary with open arms. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Evelyn Newton - Hildebran, NC

“Danny, my sincere condolence in the passing of Gary. I just read about it in the newspaper and regret I could not attend the receiving. The write...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Dick and Gail Adams - Hickory, NC

“Dear Donna & Family, Lori and i are so sorry to read of Gary's passing. Gary was a very good christian man,husband, father. These traits are so very...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: MIRIAM WILSON PETREE - NC

“Our very deepest sympathies..thoughts and prayers with you all. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Steve and Holly Hall - Burnsville, NC

“Pam, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. From reading the obituary it is evident that he loved and was loved by many. May your many...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Sheilia Fox

“Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and the family and give you comfort. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy Hudson

“Donna, We want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for your family. May God bless you and give you comfort during this difficult time. ...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Greg and Carol Childers - NC

“I will always remember Gary for his gentle nature, sweet spirit and sense of humor. My heart goes out to Nikki, Donna, Chanin and all of your family....Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Lena - Hildebran, NC

“Gary, Donna, and my parents have been friends since high school. We still have home videos from the 70's of all of them together, laughing alot. One...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Sharon Hull Chapman - Mocksville, NC

“Donna, Shannon and Nikki, May God give you comfort during this time. We have you in our prayers. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: John & Linda Herold - Lenoir, NC

“My daddy will miss his best friend. Myself and the rest of my family will miss his best friend too. Peace be with you Gary. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Angela Marshburn - Hickory, NC

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16 of 16 | Posted by: JODY SMITH - HICKORY, NC - FRIEND

Mr. Gary Preston Hildebran, 68, of Hildebran won his five-year battle with cancer and went to be with his familly and friends in heaven on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care's Robbins Center, Hudson.
Gary was born on May 10, 1944, the seventh child of Agnes Julia Hallman and Virgil Ernest Hildebran, Sr. He graduated from Hildebran High School in 1962 and Nashville Diesel College in 1963 and was drafted by the United States Army. He went from Fort Jackson to Vietnam after just six weeks where he was a radio operator in the First Air Calvary for seven months; later he was thrown from a jeep after gun fire and spent three months in Yokohama , Japan, before coming back to the states in 1967. Gary was awarded a Purple Heart. His first jobs were with Sharp Motor Lines, Tallent Transfer, and Shull Trucking. His mentor and lifelong friend the late Paul Coffey asked him to come to Deville Furniture, where he worked until they closed; the remainder of his work life was spent at GDS/Republic Services where he retired in 2007. He was a faithful, loyal member of Hildebran United Methodist Church for 38 years, president of the David Hutto Sunday School Class for many of those years . David Hutto was his hero who showed him what it means to be a Christian, not by words but by action. Gary and his wife had been attending Shady Grove United Methodist Church .
He enjoyed breakfast, with his friends at the Snack Bar, especially gravy biscuits.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Gaynelle Hildebran, brothers Virgil Ernest Hildebran, Jr., and Bobby Richard Hildebran, Sr.
Gary is survived by his wife Donna Rebecca Hutto Hildebran, with whom he celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on November 6, 2012; son Gary Chanin Hildebran of the home; daughter Nikki Hildebran Anderson of Greenville, SC; brother Daniel Edward Hildebran of Hickory; sisters Margaret Hildebran Lowman of Connelly Springs, Nancy Sue Hildebran of Hildebran, and Pamela Kay Hildebran of Hildebran; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; brother and sister in law Eddie Kale and wife Vickie, Tommie Abernathy and special friend Ed Marshburn, and everyone in the Hildebran High School Class of 1962.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday February 24,2013 at 2:00 P.M at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Hallyburton and Rev. Wade Ogle officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 48.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:00 P.M., Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory.
The family will receive friends Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 P.M at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 6908 Oak Ridge Church Rd. Connelly Springs, NC 28612, Hildebran United Methodist Church, 203 1st Street SW, Hildebran NC 28637 or Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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