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Demaine Funeral Home

520 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA

OBITUARY

Billy Hix

July 7, 1932September 1, 2019

Billy Hix died peacefully on September 1, 2019. Born in Gallatin Tn. on July 7, 1932, he was the oldest son of Jay and Myrtle Hix.

A depression era child, Billy lifted himself up by the bootstraps. While working the farm, construction, harvest season caravans, and selling bibles, he excelled in school, sports, and in the community. A Korean War veteran, his specialized platoon quelled Chinese POW riots. Returning from Korea, he entered Middle Tennessee State on a football scholarship. Graduating in 1955, his family’s first college graduate, he was named a football Little All-American and drafted by the NFL. He also met Helen Joyce Wilson, who stole his heart.

After graduation, an intrepid professor lured Billy to more intriguing employment with the C.I.A. While with the U2 program, Billy engineered a trip home to elope with Helen, marrying her in 1956.

Billy’s 28-year career took him to Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Africa, often with his family. Retiring in 1984, he was known for responsiveness, resourcefulness, imagination, and instigating unwitting cooperation.

Characterizing his career as “holding hands with heroes,” he received the Career Intelligence Medal and three Certificates of Exceptional Service. Billy then began a second career as an internationally recognized security consultant.

Though an intimidating mountain of a man, Billy’s network of treasured friends appreciated him for his warmth, gentleness, good humor, character, judgment, and loyalty. If the saying "A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth,” rings true, then he left this life a wealthy man.

To his family, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. To his son, grandson, and their friends, Billy cast a giant shadow. Role model, coach, taskmaster, mentor, and confidant, he encouraged them to hustle, learn, and explore, in school, work, and life.

Billy is survived by his wife Helen, his brother Jim, his son Bill, a retired U.S. Army Major General, his daughter in law, Sharon, his grandson, Joe, his wife Megan and their daughter Adeline, Billy’s great joy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209 on Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm. Date for interment at Arlington National Cemetery is pending. Memories and condolences may be registered at dignitymemorial.com.

Services

28 September

A Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Key Bridge Marriott

Capital View Ballroom

1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209

Memories

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Mary Jo Collier/Murphy

September 15, 2019

Helen, I was saddened to read this morning in the Tennessean that Bill had died. I was reminded of the many good times we had together with the Dickersons. His obituary was beautifully written and certainly described a life well lived. Please accept my sympathy.

Marina & Jim Pflieger

September 15, 2019

Dear Helen,
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your Family. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to know Billy, a truly lovable and kind person.
Marina and Jim

Norma Synan

September 13, 2019

Billy was a huge part of my career at Titan. Always a smile, joke or experience to share. He touched many lives and will be missed greatly. Rest well, my friend.

Mitch Charette

September 12, 2019

My deepest condolences, I remember so fondly Billy and Helen from our Udorn/Lao days. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Lois Critchfield

September 11, 2019

Billy was extremely well respected by all his colleagues and set a beautiful example for all who followed him. A lovely man who will be missed.

BURTON GERBER

September 11, 2019

An exceptional officer, who gave me and others a magnificent example of courage, endurance, thoughtfulness in service to our nation. Well done, Billy.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY