Christian Burton Hilliard

September 25, 1988 - March 26, 2024
Christian Burton Hilliard

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Christian “Ian” Hilliard, 35 of Wilmington, NC passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday March 26, 2024.

Ian was born in Horry County, SC on September 25, 1988 the son of the late David and Lisa Mason Hilliard.

Ian loved nature and all creatures. He had a brilliant mind and was gifted mechanically and electronically. He was so happy helping his friends with their cars computers and phones.

Surviving are his grandparents Jan and Andy Mason his aunts Jana Nethery and husband Tim, Karen Mason and Jerome; cousins Matthew Nethery and wife Anna, Joanna Burns and husband Matt and English Coleman and husband Michael as well as many other relatives and friends who loved him deeply.

His remains will become part of the sand and sea at his favorite place on earth, the family cabin on the outer banks.

“Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free”

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  • April 03, 2024
    Kaye says:
    Such a kind and gentle soul. I cared about Ian and he always blessed me with the sunshine of his personality. I mourn his loss. I would have been proud to call him SON or GRANDSON. CONDOLENCES to the HUMAN FAMILY and his biological FAMILY.

  • April 03, 2024
    John McLaughlin says:
    Ian had a sweet, sweet soul. In fact, I know that he still does. We got to know him and come to love him at here St. Jude's where he often came by on Friday mornings. He has a lot of friends here and in the community and we are all very saddened by this loss. Our condolences go out to the family. We would like to do something here at church to remember and celebrate him. My phone number is (910) 431-7386. Rev. John. P.S. I will always treasure a piece of art he made for me. I keep it next to the altar.

  • April 03, 2024
    Debbie Taylor Mayo says:
    I am so sorry, Jan and family. Thinking of you all.

  • April 02, 2024
    Robyn Stanley says:
    I'm heartbroken for my dear Aunt Jan, Uncle Andy & Cousins. Ian was a beautiful talented young man who was loved. I miss my baby cousin his Mom Lisa & now Ian. Praying for my dear family. Love you all, Robyn Psalm 34:18

  • April 02, 2024
    Robyn Stanley lit a candle:
    Lit since April 2, 2024 at 4:23:54 PM