John James Hillegas

November 3, 1938October 14, 2020

John James Hillegas, 81, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at his home. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16th, at Evergreen Cemetery with Cory Jones officiating. Mr. Hillegas, the son of Robert Rousomanoff and Jeannie Dinwoody Rousomanoff, was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Akron, OH. He began working for Babcock and Wilcox right out of high school, and his career spanned 50 years with the company, 1956-2006. While with the company he worked in Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Thailand, and Israel. John served in the United States Army from 1962-1964, where he spent time in Germany. He enjoyed gardening, landscaping, and cruises. John was an animal lover and an avid car enthusiast. Survivors include his wife, Gerry Williams Hillegas, sons, Mark Klingler and wife Alicia and Kevin Klingler and wife Roxanne, grandchildren, Sean and wife Noelle, Lindsey and husband Payton, Kelsey and husband Matt, Hannah and Emmah, great grandchildren, Tripp, Wyatt, Joanie Kate, and Hayden. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Baby Gunn’s Animal Rescue, 601 CR 43340, Paris, TX 75462, Due to the COVID Pandemic, it is requested that friends and family who attend the service wear masks and practice social distancing.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020


John James Hillegas

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Elaine Burns

October 15, 2020

Daniel and I were saddened to read of the passing of our kind neighbor! We are thinking of you!

Daniel and Elaine Burns


October 15, 2020

He will be missed! His smile would make my day when he use to come into Xzact.