Ben Doyle Hilliard III
Chesapeake - Ben Doyle Hilliard, III, SSgt USMC Ret., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday afternoon, January 17th, 2014, at the age of 72. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Sharon, his 3 children, Glenn Hilliard, Steven Hilliard and his wife Crystal, Shannon Harris and her husband Joseph, as well as a granddaughter whom he adored, Brooke Marie Hilliard. Ben is also survived by a sister, Jean Boyd, and a brother, Richard Hilliard and his wife Ann, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and family. Ben was born in Anderson, SC, on December 25, 1941. He proudly served as a Marine during the Vietnam War
. He always had a smile on his face and the happiest of hearts. His positive attitude toward life was admirable. He will be forever missed by his family, his friends, and anyone that knew him, even for a short time.
"In many a strife we've fought for life, And never lost our nerve; If the Army and the Navy, Ever look on Heaven's scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines." Semper Fi! The family will receive friends at Snellings Funeral Home on George Washington Hwy. in Chesapeake on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, January 23, at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be made at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com