Charles "Mel" Melton Hillyer

June 29, 1951March 2, 2019

Charles Melton "Mel" Hillyer, born June 29, 1951, in Kilgore, passed away Saturday, March 2. He was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. After retirement, he worked part time for Clayton Personnel/DNOW.

Mel is survived by his wife Cassie Awalt Hillyer of Kilgore; daughter Sandy Northcutt Zahirniak and her husband Cory of Bullard; daughter Beth Northcutt Smith of Kilgore; sister Joy Hillyer Bowden and her husband Mike of Kilgore; niece Christi Bowden of Austin; granddaughters Deonna and Alexandra Thurmond of Kilgore and Zoie and Zaylee Zahirniak of Bullard; grandson Zak Zahirniak of Bullard; great grandchildren Damon and Penelope Thurmond, as well as many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.W. "Dub" and Josephine Hillyer.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to Highland Park Baptist Church.


  • A Time of Visitation with Mel's Family Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Charles "Mel" Melton Hillyer

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Mitzi Hartfiel

March 9, 2019

I’m sorry to hear about Mel’s passing. I will always have fond memories of him. He sang He didn’t throw the clay away like no one else could . We were out of town the evening of the visitation or we would’ve been there . I will always remember Mel as a soft spoken caring individual who loved the Lord ! He will be missed !

Michael Warlick

March 6, 2019

Cassie, I am so sorry to hear of Mel's passing. I had no idea that he was having physical problems. But of course I haven't seen Mel in quite some time. But I have very good memories of him. The Bell Supply days as well as the EFC days. We always had a saying, "We live and die, at Bell Supply". We had lots of fun working together. Mel was as good a friend as anyone could ever have. The comforting thing is, we all know where Mel is today. Singing in the Heavenly choir, talking to Jesus and asking questions. How great is that! Cassie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. John 14:1-4.
Mike Warlick

Yvonne Blanchard Redmon

March 5, 2019

Dear Cassie,

I am so sorry to hear that Mel died....and so suddenly too. I'm just heart-broken for you all, but especially for old friend! I will be keeping you close in my heart and prayers in the days ahead. What a lifetime of great memories you and Mel have shared! Mel was always so kind, sweet and funny too! I will always remember our fishing and "fun-in-the sun" days spent together at Lake O' the Pines with the old Bell Supply crew. And of course, our old friends, beer, tequila, lime and salt! What a great life you two have shared!! May your cherished times together sustain you in the difficult days ahead.


Yvonne Blanchard Huskey Redmon

Kalynn (Gibson) Harrison

March 5, 2019

I went to school with Mel. He was always a kind person. Mel was such a thoughtful person and very likable.

Janice Spurlock Ballard

March 4, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family.
I was in the band with Mel and I enjoyed his calm and collected times from the trumpet section.
He was a wonderful person and It was a privilege to know him.
Janice Spurlock Ballard

Jimmy & Madeline Zahirniak

March 4, 2019

Mel was always a very pleasant and upbeat person with a quiet demeanor and positive presence. We were always pleased to be around him especially on Thanksgiving when all his family was around at his daughter, Sandy ,and our son, Cory's, house. He made us feel like we were a part of his family, and we are sure he will make everyone in his heavenly choir feel the same. He sang at Sandy and Cory's wedding too; so they will have the same memories of his pleasant voice and his caring love.

We hope Cassie and all members of Mel's family will keep him in their hearts with pleasant memories of his presence too.