Ralph Hartsell Hilton
KANNAPOLIS - Ralph Hartsell Hilton, 86, of Kannapolis died Dec. 25, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord after a brief illness.
Ralph was born May 15, 1926, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Sidney J. and Fannie Willis Hilton. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Kathleen Hilton and Hazel Overcash; and a brother, Sidney Ray Hilton.
Survivors include his daughter, Vickie Jennings (Duane) of China Grove; sister Fay Wensil (Ray) of Kannapolis; grandson Kenny Harmon of Huntersville; granddaughter Wendy Harmon McKee (Nick) of Kannapolis; and great-granddaughter Kayla Queen of Kannapolis.
Ralph was a lifelong area resident, retiring from Cannon Mills weave room 6. His greatest loves were gardening and spending time with family and friends in the shade of his favorite water oak tree.
Service and Visitation: A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com