Wade Hilliard (1928 - 2017)

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Wade Alexander Hilliard
February 8, 1928 - April 27, 2017
Parma Furniture's "The Friend at the Factory," Wade Alexander Hilliard, 89, passed away on April 27, 2017 at Caldwell-West Valley Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Wade was born in furniture city, USA - Thomasville, North Carolina on February 8, 1928 to Wade Hilliard, Sr. and Lillian Valley.
Wade is best known as the long-time owner of Parma Furniture. Those lucky enough to know him would easily argue that furniture ran through his veins. Wade began his career in furniture early, where as a child, he worked at his aunt's furniture store in Thomasville, and later cutting legs for tables and chairs in one of the factories.
Prior to joining the US Air Force, Wade attended Oakridge Military Academy until the age of 17. He served in the pacific islands in World War II and also served in the Korean War. While stationed at Mountain Home Air Force base, he met and married his wife of 63 years, Joan Fitzsimmons of Fruitland. Their early years were spent in Washington DC, Houston Texas, Boise and Weiser Idaho.
In 1960, while working for Sam Emrich at Globe Furniture in Weiser, an opportunity arose for Wade to branch out on his own. Sam asked Wade to drive to McCall to close his second store. Wade told Sam he would not get ten cents on the dollar for the inventory, to which Sam replied: "It doesn't matter, we're closing anyway." Wade traded the keys to his pink Cadillac for the merchandise and an old truck, and began looking for a store-front of his own. The old Peckham furniture building in Parma was vacant, and shortly after, Parma Furniture was born.
Over the last 56 years, Wade spent long hours building the furniture business. However, he loved the business and his customers, so this was not work to Wade, this was pleasure. Parma Furniture afforded Wade, Joan, and their 3 children several opportunities to travel for business and pleasure. Over the years, the family became great tourists enjoying history, museums, and Cathedrals. Wade also found joy in simple pleasures, such as his many coffee breaks throughout the day. He loved golfing with friends and watching the PGA Tour on Sundays.
Wade took special pride in having his children and several grandchildren follow in his footsteps. His daughter Susan opened a successful business at Peoples Furniture in Weiser, and son Bo has been his business partner at Parma Furniture since birth. Daughter Penny has helped with the Parma store in various capacities throughout the years. Daughter-in-law Shelby, grandchildren Jody and Alexandria Hilliard, Billy Wagner, and Sally Frye are actively involved in the family business.
It is indisputable that Wade was a man with a great work ethic and determination. Big-hearted, kind, and dedicated to his family, one of his many joys came from seeing his children and grandchildren grow up to become incredible adults, and the added happiness of becoming a great-grandfather. His willful sense of humor and many contributions to this world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Wade was a generous supporter of the Treasure Valley community, contributing to various, churches, schools, children, clubs, athletics, and fundraising events. Never an unkind word spoken, he was always optimistic and lived his life with a spirited sense of humor.
Wade was predeceased by his brother Jimmy, his mother and father, special grandmother Mama Hilliard and Uncle Harold, and a myriad of aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his little dog Lilly.
Wade is survived by his loving wife Joan, his children Bo (Shelby) Hilliard, Susan and Penny Hilliard; his grandchildren Jody, Tiffany, and Alexandria Hilliard, Billy (Nadine) Wagner, Sally (Matt) Frye, AJ (Darrell) DeFabry, and Brandon Brown; his great-grandchildren, Max and Bryn Frye, Huxly Wade Brown, and honorary son Ruben (Tanya) Gaona , special aunt Vera Hilliard, sister-in-law's Jane Waggoner and Helen (Ernnie) Dyer, as well as countless nieces and nephews, all of whom held a very special place in his heart, along with dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Parma School SOS Scholarship Fund, PO Box 60, Parma, ID 83660; , 501 St Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105; the , PO Box 7000, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8001; or your .
A memorial service for relatives and friends will be held at the new Parma High School gym, Panther Way, Parma, ID 83660, on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 3, 2017
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