Robert "Bob" Candee Hilton
June 27, 1937 – April 7, 2021
Robert “Bob” Candee Hilton died in his home on April 7. 2021 from natural causes at age 83. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Hilton Lasley, son Robert Candee Hilton, Jr. (Christina), sister Martha Hilton Nolen (Norman), grandchildren Cecelia Gardner Lasley, Peyton Nicholas Hilton, and Ryan Walker Hilton, step-son K. LeMoyne Billings Harwell (Azimahana), two step-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. The family is grateful for the dedicated care of Bob, especially by LaTonya Baker Hathaway. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert Clark Hilton and Cecelia Candee Hilton, his first wife Macon Winfree Hilton, second wife Ann Howe Billings Harwell Hilton, and sister Caroline Hilton Woodard. Bob lived a full life. He was born in Bronxville, NY, moved to Terra Haute Indiana as a young boy and to Nashville as a teenager. He attended Mercersburg Academy, Princeton University, and University of Virginia Law School. While at Princeton and the University of Virginia, he was involved in ROTC and was deployed to the Army at Fort Riley Kansas for two years. Upon honorable discharge as a captain from the Army, he moved back to Nashville where he started a career with Genesco. After several years there, he joined Hospital Affiliates International and began a long successful career in healthcare management. He was the founding CEO of two start up healthcare companies, American Healthcorp and Home Technology Healthcare. At various times in his career, he was a board member of many organizations including Cracker Barrell Old Country Stores, the Salvation Army, and Harpeth Hall school. Although a world traveler with over 50 countries and 6 continents visited, Bob was happiest sharing his Virginia home, “The Stone House” with family and friends. He will be missed by family and many long time friends. He was known for being smart, driven, an avid reader, and having a strong positive influence on those around him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Salvation Army or to the Cowpasture River Preservation Association. The graveside service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Sunday, April 11. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held when the pandemic restrictions have lifted. Condolences may be offered by visiting www.mountolivet.com.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Robert "Bob" Candee Hilton
April 17, 2021
I met Bob as a Board member of Harpeth Hall. He was welcoming, supportive and dedicated. My experience was enriched by his presence.
April 14, 2021
Bob and I were fellow executives at Hospital Affiliates in the 1970s and then in the 1980s he was a legal client as he pursued the home health business. While we did not agree on everything, it was a pleasure to deal with Bob's intelligence and intregity. He was a good man.
April 13, 2021
I worked for and with Bob at Hospital Affiliates in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Bob hired me to work for him as Controller at Hospital Affiliates in 1974. He was great to work with and was always supportive and helpful. In the 1980's when I returned to HAI as President, he was a key part of the Senior Management team.
April 12, 2021
Rob and Betsy I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was an amazing man and a friend to many and will be missed for sure. When I last saw him at camp he loved that Kit and I had bought the farm on the river and had moved to Bath County. As always he asked me if I still had access to the grenade simulators. Funny guy. I am proud to be one of his many friends.
April 11, 2021
I knew Bob when I first came to Nashville. I was hired in an entry-level position at Hospital Affiliates, and he was one of the senior executives there. I remember him as always being friendly and helpful to a young man just starting there and I would certainly count him as a mentor. We would see each other from time to time over the subsequent years, and I always enjoyed the chance to catch up. I was sorry to learn of his passing, but hope his family can take comfort from both the successful life he led and the friends he made with his generous spirit.
April 9, 2021
Bob & I got to know Bob H. during his marriage to Ann Howe with whom I had been friends since the 1st grade at Woodmont School. It warmed our hearts to see them so simpatico. Bob H. made her very very happy. Bob H. was the epitome of a “gentleman” and such a voracious reader with quite the personal library. He was a highly successful businessman and a very cultured individual who enjoyed The Nashville Symphony as much as the Tennessee Titans. He was a gracious host and a gracious guest. We enjoyed every minute of our time together and we will always remember him with great fondness. We send our condolences to his family. Bob & Susan Tuke
April 9, 2021
What a wonderful guy and friend. We will miss him very much Much love Mary and Paul Stumb