Cecilia May Hylton

October 3, 1942February 8, 2021

Cecilia May Hylton passed away February 8th at her home in Gainesville, with family close by. She was the oldest child of Cecil D. Hylton and Irene Virginia (Winegord) Hylton. She attended Fairfax High School, and later went on to work in the family business.

She was a gifted leader and like her father, a developer, and a woman not easily intimidated. She worked in various construction-related roles and was a construction superintendent in the 1970’s in a time when a female in this role was unheard of.

She made her mark in 1980, after being called upon by her father to finish a large construction project with a seemingly impossible deadline. She completed the project on time and under budget.

Her love of horses developed at a young age when her father bought her first horse, Midnight, at their family farm in Centreville. She never lost her passion for horses and made an indelible mark on the Quarter Horse industry.

She finished in the top five American Quarter Horse Association World Show, 2010, and bred many outstanding horses with several other distinctions. She was also inducted into the Virginia Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. Cecilia made a great impact as a benefactor to the Virginia Quarter Horse Youth Association.

She was once quoted as saying, “I know there’s money in horses, because I put it there!” Cecilia made history in 1999 when she harvested an egg from her beloved mare, Widow Rider, after its passing and then had the egg fertilized with a deceased sire to become a viable foal. This was a first in history.

A pioneer in equine reproductive research, she assisted in philanthropic efforts in the field through CSU, UK’s GLUCK Research Equine Center and other organizations.

As well as working to continue the legacy of her parents by managing the family commercial and residential real estate leasing, she participated in the oversight of Hylton Memorial Chapel and served on the boards of the Hylton Foundation and Hylton Enterprises.

She is survived by five children, Preston Wines, Jr., Irene Grice, Kelly Markley, George Markley, and Jamie Hylton.

Also surviving is her brother, Conrad Hylton, of Woodbridge. She was predeceased by her brother, Cecil D. “Sonny” Hylton, Jr.

Grandchildren, Cecilia Irene Grice, Joseph Grice, II, George Markley, Jr., Gabrielle Hemperley, Caleb Wines, Jared Wines, Josiah Wines, and Judah Wines.

Great-Grandchildren, Kinsley Wines, Rylee Hemperley, and Maverick Hemperley.

Her last months were enhanced by the love and compassion of angelic caregivers who tended to her every need. Julye Amaya, Erin Van Gin Hoven, Yolanda Moore, Kristen Etter, Kathy Carder, Gracie Brown, Jasmine Fulton, Taka Stevenson, and Shekia Downing.

Special thanks also go out to Capital Caring Hospice. Visitation will be at Mullins-Thompson Funeral Service, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford on Monday, February 15th from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM with COVID precautions in effect. Please visit to view a live stream of the visitation.

Funeral Services will take place 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 16th at Christ Chapel in Woodbridge, VA. Due to COVID 19 restrictions and limited seating, please visit to view a live stream of the service . Burial will be at Little Georgetown Cemetery 5370 Trapp Branch Road in Broad Run, VA

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice or the AQHA or NSBA Crisis Funds.


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021


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Robin Pepples

February 19, 2021

My sincere condolences to all family. Mrs. Hylton really didn't know me but she made such a big impression and impact on me when I had and showed Quarter Horses. Her kindness and generosity to many programs was amazing. That gave so much to youth and amateur riders. Later I was very fortunate to "cross paths" again working with a few of her amazing mares. Mrs Hylton will be truly missed. Prayers to all the family. Robin

Caroline Acevedo (Thomas)

February 17, 2021

I'm not 100% sure but I believe this is the same Mrs. Hylton that used to live on Spriggs Road and had a beautiful farm land.. ? If you are the same one God Bless You.. when I was a little girl, you used to let my family pick apples from your trees. Such wonderful memories. Even if it's not you, God Bless this family's loss.

The Thomas Family (From the old Rt 234 land)