J. Monty Hilbourn

La GRANGE - Joyce Monroe "Monty" Hilbourn, 74, of La Grange, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013. Monty was born October 6, 1939 in Horry County, SC to the late James Walter Hilbourn and Bessie McKenzie Hilbourn. Following school, Monty worked a number of years in Virginia. He worked at the shipyard as a welder, worked as a automotive mechanic and also did heating, air conditioning and electrical work. Monty was the first full time building and electrical inspector for Greene County. Monty owned and operated Monty's Service & Repair for many years and was well known for his outstanding work and attention to detail. Monty served in the United States Army and has been a member of the Jason Volunteer Fire Department since 1972. Monty loved racing and was the 1966 Virginia NASCAR Hobby Champion. He enjoyed time spent on the family farm. Nothing was more pleasing than to spend time hunting, working in the garden, fishing or just relaxing in the family cabin. A service of remembrance will be held Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3 p.m. from Rouse Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Hardy officiating. Interment will follow at the Mewborn Family Cemetery. Monty is survived by his wife of forty six years, Belinda Hardy Hilbourn; son, Curtis Monroe Hilbourn; brother, Willis Earl Hilbourn of La Grange; two sisters, Olive Bessant of Sugarland, TX and Elaine Varnadoe of Charleston, SC; and a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Edwin and Joyce Hardy, Bonna Lee Stallings. In addition to his parents, Monty was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. The family will receive friends Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Memorials may be made to the Jason Volunteer Fire Department, c/o John Roy Croom, 3235 Parkstown Road, La Grange, NC 28551 or a . Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange. Sign the guestbook at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

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108 N. Caswell St. La Grange, NC 28551-1725
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Published in Free Press from Dec. 20 to Dec. 24, 2013