Glen H Chilton
February 2, 1922 – October 12, 2020
Glen Helen (Arnett) Chilton joined her Lord on October 12, 2020. Glen was born February 2, 1922 to Wiley Willis Arnett and Lillie Mae DeHart Arnett. She joined an older sister Myrtle Fay Arnett and was followed by two younger siblings, Peggy Arnett and Charles Arnett. Glen attended school at Union School in the Schoolerville community in southern Hamilton County until the eighth grade when she finished her high school education in the Evant schools. Glen learned hard work and built a strong faith in God as she and her siblings helped their parents on the family farm. Glen took that work ethic and strong faith with her as she grew into adulthood, married and raised two sons.
She met a handsome farmer, Dale Chilton, one night while playing in her high school basketball game and after a short courtship, they were married on November 30th 1941. This began a 68-year marriage that lasted until Dale’s death on July 10th, 2009. A son, Harold Wayne Chilton, was born April 23rd, 1943. Soon after that, Dale was drafted into the US Army and sent to Fort Knox , Kentucky for training. Glen once again leaned into her faith as she followed Dale and lived in a converted chicken house, meeting Dale on the weekends until he transferred to Fort Ord, California. Glen followed him to California and stayed close by, seeing him on weekend passes until Dale was shipped out to the Philippine Islands where he served his remaining time in the military. Glen would then keep the home and family running in Hamilton until Dale’s return. Upon returning from military service, Dale and Glen began farming in the Star and Ireland communities. During this time a second son, Jerry Blake Chilton, was born on May 28th, 1947. In 1949, Dale and Glen realized their dream of purchasing a farm on the Cowhouse Creek in the Shive community where Glen would continue to care for and live until last June.
Glen was a long time member of First Baptist Church where her amazing cooking skills, friendly smile and contagious laugh were well known by all. She will be remembered for her love of Aggie football, her awesome mashed potatoes and angel food cake that tasted like heaven. She will be most remembered, though, for her willingness to help all who needed it, for her fierce devotion to her family and her unwavering love for God.
Glen is survived by her son Harold and wife Wanda, and her son Jerry as well as three grandchildren, Heath Chilton of Richardson, Blake Chilton and wife Sarah of Bryan, Jodie DeFrancesco and husband John of Dickinson, Texas. Glen is also survived by four great grandchildren, Corban Chilton, Crew Chilton, Eden Chilton and Owen Dale Chilton as well as her sister Peggy Jennings and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandson, Keith Chilton, preceded his grandmother in death in 2016. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Myrtle Faye Davenport and her brother, Charles Arnett.
Pallbearers are Heath Chilton, John DeFrancesco, Mark Melde, David Courtney, Larry Smith & Larry Venable. Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice or the First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Texas or the Hamilton Public Library.
- Wiley Willis Arnett, Father (deceased)
- Lillie Mae Arnett, Mother (deceased)
- Dale Chilton, Husband (deceased)
- Harold Chilton (Wanda), Son
- Jerry Chilton, Son
- Heath Chilton, Grandchild
- Blake Chilton (Sarah), Grandchild
- Jodie DeFrancesco (John Dickinson), Grandchild
- Keith Chilton, Grandchild (deceased)
- Myrtle Fay Arnett, Sister (deceased)
- Charles Arnett, Brother (deceased)
- Peg Jennings, Sister
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- Larry Venable, Active
First Baptist Church
200 S Bell, Hamilton, Texas 76531
- Hamilton Public Library
Celebration of Life
Friday, October 16, 2020