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Ernest Hilton Newman

13 October, 194622 July, 2021
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Ernest Hilton Newman

Loving husband and devoted father, Hilton passed away peacefully on July 22, 2021. Born and raised in Sampson County, North Carolina, 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 NC, Idaho, and Alaska. After undergraduate school, Hilton attended and graduated from Wake Forest Law School. He worked 3 years as an Assistant DA 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 his brothers Marshall Joseph and Edwin Carraway “E.C.”. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tory, his three children, Marshall Newman and wife Ana, Addison Newman and wife Emma, and daughter Emily Newman. He is also survived by his sister Kitty, her husband Jay Parker, his granddaughter Isabell Newman, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1155 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412. Following the reception there will be a get together in Hilton's honor at Pantana Bobs on College Road at 12:30pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.CobleGreenlawn.com for the Newman family.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 31 July , 2021

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The Nagy family

22 August 2021

We recently learned of Hilton journey to heaven.
What a wonderful man and amazing legacy Hilton leaves behind.
We are a better family to be able to call Hilton friend.

Teddy St Pierre

30 July 2021

They broke the mold after Hilton was made.

Great guy who always had a smile on his face.

He will be missed.

Randall King

30 July 2021

Hilton was the best friend a young man could have who dreamed of some day being an aviator. I will always miss him. God Bless Hilton and his family that he was so very proud of.

Corinne Hester Crews

30 July 2021

I have many memories of playing in the Newman backyard with Addison, Ashley, Brantley and others, with Mr. Newman watching us from the back patio. I will always remember his kind and gentle spirit, and his love for his children (and their wild childhood friends!). The pictures of your family are so beautiful and warm my heart. I'm thinking of you all and sending lots of strength for this difficult time.
With love,
Corinne (Hester) Crews

EDDIE KEITH

30 July 2021

My friend will be missed but never forgotten. We had beautiful memories. Rest in peace my Brother and save me a seat next to you.

John Newell

30 July 2021

Hilton was a friend for life. When I had nothing, he shared what he had. When I needed an ear, he was there to listen. When I flew with him, he showed me how an airline Captain should be. But most of all, he was my "golfing buddy". Fair winds my friend....ooh baby. ooh baby, ooh.

Garland Meadows

30 July 2021

Hilton and I were friends for over 50 years. The life experiences we shared were full of laughter, joy, sorrow and will always warm my heart. Hilton was an amazing friend always there for his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Cecil Pope

29 July 2021

My good friend Hilton has left the bonds of this earth,
But he will forever be in my heart.
May his memory be eternal.

John Ballard

29 July 2021

Hilton and I were playing the Landfall Member-Member one year when Hilton chipped in for an eagle 3, net 2. We ended up tied for the championship. In a card playoff, the assistant pro asked one of the staff to pick a number, 1-18. She picked 13, the par 5 I live on, the hole Hilton chipped in on for eagle. It was another win for Hilton and JB! Hilton was my dearest friend. I will miss him, as we all will. Legendary golfer Bobby Jones once said, "Friends are a man's priceless treasures, and a life rich in friendship is full indeed." Hilton indeed had a full life.

Lucia Messina

29 July 2021

Good bye, My Friend .
I met Hilton while flying, he made me smile and laugh and loved to talk about politics. He had a kind soul and i will not cry over his memory, but smile because it happened.
My deepest sympathies to his wife Tori and his children. As Hilton would say...Your wings already exist. All you have to do is Fly.

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