WILMINGTON — Loving husband and devoted father, Ernest H. “Hilton” Newman, 74, peacefully passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Born and raised in Sampson County, Hilton was the youngest of four children to Isabell and Marshall Thomas “Tom” Newman. Growing up on the family farm, Hilton developed a love for hunting and fishing, but not for the long hours and hard work of farming. At the age of 10 years old, Hilton received a model airplane from his oldest brother and knew he wanted to be a pilot one day. After graduating from Clinton High School, Hilton briefly attended the Air Force Academy and Methodist College, before graduating from Campbell University.
During his college years, Hilton worked in maintenance at the Clinton Airport, got his instructor license at Raleigh/Durham Airport, and flew B-17s with his oldest brother fighting fires in North Carolina, Idaho and Alaska. After undergraduate school, Hilton attended and graduated from Wake Forest Law School. He worked 3 years as an assistant D.A. in the District Attorney Office in Wilmington, followed by 2 years in private practice. After practicing law, Hilton returned to his calling to be a pilot. He joined Piedmont Airlines, became a captain, and then retired from US Airways after 27 years of commercial flying.
During his early years with Piedmont Airlines, Hilton married Tory and became the father of Marshall, Addison and Emily. Although flying was Hilton’s first love, his family was his true love. Hilton cherished playing golf and hunting with his sons and adored his daughter. He would often say that nothing brought him more joy than to receive a compliment regarding his children. Hilton loved his family and loved his friends like family.
Hilton never prayed for himself, but he prayed every night without fail for every family member (extended family included) and friend. This was no small task mind you. Over the years as the list of family and friends grew, Hilton would have to start his prayers well before bedtime in order to get everyone in before he fell asleep. Hilton will be truly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Thomas and Isabell Butler Newman; and brothers Marshall Joseph and Edwin Carraway “E.C.”.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tory; three children, Marshall Newman, and wife, Ana, Addison Newman, and wife, Emma, and Emily Newman; sister, Kitty, and her husband, Jay Parker; granddaughter, Isabell Newman; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 31, at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1155 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington. Following the reception, there will be a get together in Hilton’s honor at 12:30 p.m. at Pantana Bob’s on College Road.
Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.