Malachi B Hiott
June 17, 1929 – September 5, 2018
Malachi Bays "Sonny" Hiott, Jr., age 89, of Stuart, FL, entered into eternal rest on September 5, 2018. Born June 17, 1929, in Walterboro, SC, he was the son of Malachi Bays Hiott, Sr. and Ida Mae Sauls Hiott.
Sonny was a native of South Carolina and a graduate of The Citadel, class of 1950. His career spanned over 37 years in the cigar industry. He ran one of the largest cigar factories in the world, became a master blender of cigar tobaccos and held positions of increased responsibility while working at the American Tobacco Company. He retired in 1987 as President of the former American Cigar company best known for cigar brands Antonio y Cleopatra, Roi-tan and La Corona.
He was married to his loving wife, Helga, for 55 years who was his "sweetheart," constant companion, and dedicated caretaker. His daughter, Lisa Hiott Perino, and son-in-law, John, meant the world to him and always made him smile. His step daughter, Eileen Newton Banks, showed him creativity and family love. He was pre-deceased by his step son, Benjamin M. Newton. Sonny's life passions included sports cars and racing, touring the United States and Canada on his motorcycle, reading, training his dogs, and planning family reunions for over 25 years.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in Sonny's memory to the following charities or any charity of choice. Sonny was a supporter for many years of The Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090 (smiletrain.org). The family is also grateful for the support and care given to Sonny by Treasure Coast Hospice, 1000 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart, FL 34994 (treasurehealth.org). A private celebration of life service is planned for a later date.
- Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, October 6, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2018
- Celebration of Malachi's Life Saturday, October 6, 2018
Malachi B Hiott
September 12, 2018
The first time I met Mr. Hiott was in 1975 when both my family and the Hiotts moved to Ridgefield, CT. Our families became close and till this day will mean the world to me. I am so glad I got to see you last year and will treasure our talks that day!!! May you be at peace now and ride those heavenly roads on your motorcycle along with my parents.
My love to the family.
September 10, 2018
Mr Sonny was a true southern gentleman & a friend of mine for almost 30 years.
He will be missed!
My thoughts & prayers are with family & friends.