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Visitation

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Sunday May 28th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Visitation

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Sunday May 28th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Funeral Service

The Life Center
Tuesday May 30th, 2017
11:00am

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Funeral Service

The Life Center
Tuesday May 30th, 2017
11:00am

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Oneill Hilburn

Neill Hilburn, 67, of St. Pauls, died Friday May 26, 2017.

Neill had a bad heart, according to those in the medical profession. But to those who knew and love him, O’Neill Hilburn had a strong, loving heart.

Neill loved his wife, his two children and his three grandchildren. But he also had enough room in that big heart to love his many friends, his coffee club buddies, his community  and anyone in need of a favor or a helping hand. He also loved rolling out the pastry when he made chicken and pastry for his family and friends, and cooking huge pots of collards, as only he could, and serving them to those who dropped by, as they always, somehow, managed to do when the collards were hot.

Neill endured a lifetime of pain, beginning with polio as a child and continuing with heart problems, but always had a joke and a smile ready for those he encountered. He loved UNC basketball and always loved the good-natured ribbing of Duke fans. He was always smiling when he was at work in his woodshop, creating birdhouses and other things that he made to sell but usually ended up giving away.

So, while some might say Neill had a bad heart, those who knew him, his heart was sweet, strong, simple, loyal and loving.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Terry Hilburn; son, Chris and wife, Karen and their son Austin; daughter, Aaron and husband, Steve Martin and their children, Allison and Alexander; sisters, Shirley Bunnell, and Raye and husband, Bernard Carroll; and brother, Franklin Hilburn.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 11:00 am at The Life Center, 404 E. McLean Street, St. Pauls, NC 28384, with Reverend Michael Gist officiating. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home.


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Guestbook

Rose Ann and family, I am just seeing this about Oneill today. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all. You will and your family will always have a special place in my heart.

Zona Brisson Aug 23 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Neill was a great person and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Melody Broadwell Jun 2 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for the loss of Neal,May god be with the whole family in this time.

MR& Mrs Paul Bowen jr May 30 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss Neill was the sweetest person and no matter how bad he felt he was always thinking of others. Ms Roseann I pray that God givescomfort and strength to you and your family.

BILLY AND GAYLE GRIFFIN May 28 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, I pray God will give you all comfort at this time and in the future days. Neil will be missed by so many

Barbara Osborne-Duhamell May 27 2017 12:00 AM

Neill was everything his obituary said. Indeed, he had a big heart. Just meeting him on the street would make anyone's day. What a loss for St. Pauls! We all loved him dearly. May his family find comfort in knowing so many were touched by his down-to-earth hospitality and love.

Nancy Brown May 27 2017 12:00 AM

We are sorry.We love Neil and we love you.Hugs and prayers to all of you.

Johnny and Dianna Odum May 27 2017 12:00 AM