WILMINGTON — Hyton Wago Babson, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
He was born in Ash, N.C., on July 4, 1927, the son of the late Walter Raleigh and Amanda Caroline Phelps Babson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Maurel Deans Babson; and his brother, Walter Jervie Babson.
Hyton was a graduate of Waccamaw High School. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II and graduated from Appalachian State University. After receiving his teaching degree, he taught history and coached sports at Waccamaw High School. Hyton then began his 35-year career with Federal Paper Company performing various roles including Quality Control Supervisor. After his retirement, he became a successful real estate property manager and investor.
Hyton was a longstanding member and supporter of the First Baptist Church of Wilmington, where he served on various committees, taught adult Sunday school classes and was a deacon emeritus. He was an active Republican Party member and served as the chairman of the Board of Elections for New Hanover County.
Hyton was a loving and devoted Brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition to being an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, he was also a skilled handyman, carpenter and gardener. Hyton was happiest with a tool in his hand and a project to work on.
Hyton is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Lillian Owens Babson; children, Karen Norris of Holden Beach, Bruce Babson, and his wife, Marisol, of San Diego, Calif., Roger Babson, and his wife, Cindy, of Cary, N.C., David Babson of Wilmington, Brad Cullen, and his wife, Sandra, of Wilmington, and Brett Cullen, and his wife, Maria, of Rock Hill, S.C.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Luella Hilburn of Stone Mountain, Ga., Delray, and his wife, Hilda Babson, of Zachary, La., Melva Jean Sibilia of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; and former wife, Ivy Wrightson of Wilmington.
Hyton will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Andrews Market Street Chapel, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401. A Christian funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at First Baptist Church, 411 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, or the charity of one’s choice.