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Wiley Wilson Hilburn Jr.

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Wiley Wilson Hilburn Jr.

Wiley Wilson Hilburn Jr. of Choudrant, a journalist and professor, died Jan. 16 in Ruston after a brief illness. Hilburn was born Feb. 20, 1938 in Ruston. He was 75.

Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston with the Rev. Edith Hill officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.

He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and LSU.

Hilburn began his career in journalism as a teenager at The Ruston Daily Leader and later worked for The Shreveport Times and The Monroe News-Star.

But the bulk of his career was given to Tech, where he chaired the journalism department and directed the news bureau for more than 40 years. Upon his retirement from Tech in 2009, he was named professor emeritus and in 2010 was named Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Liberal Arts. His is also a member of the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame.

Throughout his career and until his death, Hilburn also wrote a weekly column published by The News-Star and The Times.

Survivors include: his wife Kate Sartor; his three children Anne Marie Hilburn of Ruston, Kevin Hilburn of Ruston and Greg Hilburn of Monroe and their mother Ellen LaCroix; his stepdaughter Jenny O'Driscoll of Lawrence, Kan.; his brother Chet Hilburn of Houston; his daughters-in-law Holley Hilburn of Ruston and Tania Hilburn of Monroe; his grandchildren Steven Ledford of Choudrant, William Ledford of Choudrant and Seth Hilburn of Choudrant and twin granddaughters Shyla and Shyenne Hilburn of Monroe; his mother- and father-in-law C. Lane and Gloria Sartor of Shreveport; and his dog Winston.

Hilburn was preceded in death by his parents Marie and Wiley Wilson Hilburn Sr. of Ruston.

Pallbearers include his sons Kevin and Greg, his grandson Seth, his brother Chet and friends Malcolm Butler and George Butler.

Memorials may be made to the University of Arkansas Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy.

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Published in The News Star on Jan. 18, 2014
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