Hilas Clyde Earhart Jr.

Published 7:14 am Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hilas Clyde Earhart Jr. was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Louisville, and was a resident of Pell City, Alabama since 1974. He died on March 13, 2018.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at New Hebron Cemetery in New Hebron.

Saulters Funeral Home of Prentiss was in charge of all arrangements.

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Earhart was 96 years old. A veteran of WWII, he served as a second Lieutenant in the Air Corps.

After graduating from high school, he received a football scholarship to Southwestern of Memphis, Tennessee (Rhodes College), to play for Coach Ed Kubale until he joined the Air Corps during WWII.

After the war, he continued his education, receiving a football scholarship to Duke University.

He later transferred to Mississippi College where he earned his B.S. degree in 1946, and later earned his Master’s in Education from Mississippi State University.

He accepted a position of football coach and women’s basketball coach at Louisville High School and later became Principal.

He was employed at Louisville High School for eight years before accepting a position as safety engineer for Southern Natural Gas Company, where he worked for over 30 years.

H.C. was an avid golfer and a founding member of the Niknar County Club  in Mississippi and later a member of the Pine Harbor Club in Alabama.

He also loved to travel the world with the love of his life, his wife of 70 years, Mary “Willie” Buckley Earhart.

H.C. was preceded in death by his parents, Hilas Clyde Earhart Sr, and Zelma Johnson Earhart. He is survived by his wife, Mary Willie Buckley Earhart; his sister, Imogene Thompkins, three daughters Cassandra Dickson (Charles), Jolayne Powell (Mike) and Pamela Young (David); four grandchildren, Wicks Dickson (Kelly), Cody Dickson Morgan (Matt), Whitney Young and Shelby Young and one great-grandchild, Drake Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pell City First United Methodist Church, 2200 3rd Ave N, Pell City, Alabama 35125 or Alacare Home Health and Hospice, 1240 Martin St. S, Pell City, Alabama 35128,

Online condolences and a guest registry are available at www.saultersmoorefuneralhome.com.