James Larry Hilton

July 12, 1948April 21, 2019
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James Larry Hilton, 70 went home to be with his Lord on April 21, 2019 at his home.

Larry was born in Kingsport, TN. He lived in Kingsport, TN all his life growing up in the community he and his family developed.

Larry was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church. He was known for his work ethic, generosity, & love for his family, extended family, & friends.

Larry was an Electrician, Land Developer & Home Builder in the Indian Springs community. He was employed by UPM (King Pharmaceuticals) of Bristol for the last 18 years.

Larry met his lifelong friend and the love of his life, Lynda Weaver Hilton, when Larry was 14 & Lynda was 13. Larry & Lynda were married 48 years but have loved each other for 57 years.

Larry enjoyed car shows, camping, yardwork, planting his garden & working on projects.

Larry was preceded in death by his Parents C.T. & Florence Hilton, Birth Parents James Martin & Nevada Cole, & Brother David Price.

Survivors include his Wife Lynda Hilton, Daughters: Jennifer Hilton, Colleen Cox, Christina McCann, & Kanisha Bellamy Granddaughters: Jalyn Hilton-Abernathy & Judith Hilton-Abernathy Sister: Phillis Robbins Brothers: Lonnie (Louise) Sampson, Ray (Donna) Hilton, Joe (Judy) Cole Sister-In-Law: Ellen Price Larry had several Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces & Great Nephews.

Larry loved his Granddaughters Jalyn & Judith. Both held a special place in his heart.

Larry considered his Nephews, Matthew Price & Clinton Miller, his sons and loved them fiercely as a father figure.

Calling Hours will be Friday April 26, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be Saturday April 27, 2019 at 11:00 at East Lawn Funeral Home with Dr. David Phillips officiating.

Graveside service will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Christus Garden.

Serving as pallbearers will be Larry’s Nephews & Close Friend. Brandon Hilton, Bradley McKenzie, Clinton Miller, Paul Miller, Matthew Price, Travis Sampson, Michael Weaver, & Todd Godsey Honorary Pallbearers: Aaron Sampson, Erick Sampson, Trevor Sampson, Gabriel Sampson, & Roger Conkin

Online condolences may be made to the Hilton family at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Hilton family.


  • Lynda Hilton, Wife
  • Jennifer Hilton, Daughter
  • Colleen Cox, Daughter
  • Christina McCann, Daughter
  • Kanisha Bellamy, Daughter
  • Jalyn Hilton-Abernathy, Granddaughter
  • Judith Hilton-Abernathy, Granddaughter
  • Phillis Robbins, Sister
  • Lonnie (Louise) Sampson, Brother
  • Ray (Donna) Hilton, Brother
  • Joe (Judy) Cole, Brother
  • Ellen Price, Sister-in-law
  • Matthew Price, Nephew
  • Clinton Miller, Nephew
  • C.T. and Florence Hilton, Parents - Deceased
  • James Martin and Nevada Cole, Birth Parents - Deceased
  • David Price, Brother - Deceased
  • Larry had several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

  • Brandon Hilton , Active Pallbearer
  • Bradley McKenzie , Active Pallbearer
  • Clinton Miller , Active Pallbearer
  • Paul Miller , Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Price, Active Pallbearer
  • Travis Sampson , Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Weaver, Active Pallbearer
  • Todd Godsey, Active Pallbearer
  • Aaron Sampson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Erik Sampson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Trevor Sampson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gabriel Sampson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Roger Conkin , Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 27, 2019


James Larry Hilton

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Judith Hilton

April 27, 2019

My sweet pappy I loved him so very much and I will never forget my pappy when I do anything.
I will keep him in my heart.

Trent Carter

April 25, 2019

I grew up helping out on the Hilton farm. I have many fond memories of working with Larry, whether it was putting up hay, or pulling corn in the fields. He was so fun to be around, always smiling and laughing with us kids. I went to see Larry a few years ago and it was such a joy to reminisce with him, the same old Larry. May God bring comfort to all of the family.

Bill Johnson

April 25, 2019

Lynda and family, so sad to hear about Larry's passing. We had such a good time with you and Larry and the girls a few years back at the camp ground in Sevierville. What a good man. We love you all like family. Praying God's loving arms are around you and the girls during this sad time. If there's anything we can do please don't hesitate to call on us. Love you, Bill and Sandy Johnson

Sandra Wilson Jayne

April 25, 2019

I was glad to see and talk to Larry last September at our 50th BHS Class Reunion. We shared a few laughs. Larry was always a joy to be around. I never thought that would be the last time I would see him.
To know Larry was to love him. He was a precious soul who will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Lynda, I am sorry that I will be unable to come to the service. Please know you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love,

Steve Bailey

April 24, 2019

Linda and Jennifer, I am very sorry to hear about Larry. He was a good man and I am sure he is being received into his heavenly home.

Judy Denton

April 23, 2019

Saddened by Larry’s passing, but I know you were all blessed to spend these years with him in your life. I will keep you in my prayers.

Seth Mckee

April 23, 2019

Larry was a man's man, he worked harder at 60 then any 18 year old ever dreamed about. Larry also was the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back he loved helping people especially kids and will be missed by many. Thoughts and Prayers with the family in this difficult time.

Becky Smith

April 23, 2019

I so fondly remember meeting Larry when he was building my in laws house in Indian Springs. He was a kind gentle man and you could tell that he loved what he was doing.

Linda Greer

April 23, 2019

Lynda and family
He was one of the kindest and nicest people that I have ever met. I worked with Larry before retiring from UPM. I know that he will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and co-workers. So sorry for your loss.

Sharon Brent

April 23, 2019

Linda and girls,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for you, please reach out to us if we can help you in any way.
Larry will be greatly missed by everyone at UPM , especially the Maintenance dept. He was a great employee and role model. We hope you can take comfort in memories of him.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Your friends from UPM Pharmaceuticals