Dwight Reid Hilton, 57, of the East Fork community, died in the line of duty on February 1, 2014, from heart failure, while pulling in the hose atop Liberty Volunteer Fire Department’s truck. Dwight left home that day not going to a fire, but to run an errand. He came upon the fire and reported it to the fire department to get them rolling to the scene. There were actually three fires, and houses were in danger. East Central Volunteer Fire Department was also toned out to respond.
Mr. Hilton was born on July 10, 1956, to Densel Hilton and Ivene Hackler Hilton.
He was a shuttle driver for Mt. Zion Adult Day Care in Summit. He also worked for over 25 years as a delivery driver for Carlstedt’s Wholesale Florist in McComb. He was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. He was a dedicated fireman for the East Central Volunteer Fire Department in Amite County, Mississippi, and was also a devoted member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Teresa H. Hilton; his mother, Ivene Hilton; his daughter, Heather O’Quin, and her husband, John; his sister, Kathy Eakin, and her husband, Robert; and a host of other relatives and special friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Now he has a granddaughter, Brookelyn Reid O’Quin, born April 3, 2015. Brookelyn has Dwight’s middle name to carry on in the family.
Dwight was a very loving husband, father, and friend and is greatly missed by friends and family. He enjoyed his volunteer duties and helped everyone in need. When the tone went off, he was there to help. Now he is with God forever! Lord, I miss him so.