Ocie Hicks Hylton, age 100, of Hillsville, Virginia, widow of Jesse T. Hylton, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the Pulaski Retirement Center.
Born Ocie Emma Hicks, on April 6, 1910, near Little Reed Island Creek, in Carroll County, Virginia, she was the fourth and longest lived of seven siblings. After graduating from Hillsville High School, she studied teaching at Radford University (then, the State Teachers College at Radford), and taught school in Laurel Fork, Virginia, before marrying and raising her family in Hillsville.
She is survived by her son, James M. Hylton, M.D. and daughter-in-law, Glenda, of Pulaski; three grandsons, Neal and wife, Jennifer, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Thompson, also of Pulaski, and John, of Baltimore, Md.; three great-grandchildren, Jesse Kenner, Shelby, and Sarah; and also, Mrs. Betty Hix of Draper, with special recognition for her long-time care, friendship and devotion.
Mrs. Hylton was very active in many civic organizations throughout her life, including, as a Charter Member, the Hillsville Women’s Club, and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Hillsville. During World War II, she directed local cannery operations and organized community victory gardens throughout Carroll County.
Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, she will be fondly remembered for her joyful laughter, her generous and kind-hearted nature, her wonderful cooking and gracious hospitality, as well as her captivating oral history.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 8, at noon in North End Cemetery, Hillsville, with The Very Rev. Vickie L. Houk officiating, followed by a reception for family and friends at the First Baptist Church of Hillsville.
The family will receive visitors Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.