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Chase Dawson Hilton

Chase-Hilton-1Chase Dawson Hilton, 31, of Batesville, Arkansas, formerly of Mena, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  He was born Saturday, March 3, 1984 to Johnny and Fran Stroud Hilton in Mena.

He was the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Southside Charter High School for the last 8 years and Lincoln High School for one year. Chase had a passion for team roping.  He enjoyed raising cattle on the farm with his family.  He loved being an educator and helping to shape the lives of his students.  He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandson, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Chase was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert H. Stroud.

Survivors include his wife of ten years, Rana Hilton and his daughter, Harper Claire Hilton, of the home; his parents, Johnny and Fran Hilton, of Mena; his brother, Conn Hilton, of Mena; grandparents, John and Trevia Hilton, of Mena and A.B. and Ruby Smith, of West Monroe, Louisiana; uncles and aunts, Terry and Becky Maye, of Greenbrier, Arkansas, Jimmy and Kay Hobbs, of DeQueen, Buddy and Beth Deen, of DeQueen; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Brother Mike Lance and Brother Cody McDaniel officiating at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Honorary Pallbearers are Donnie Evans, Tell Evans, Chris Lance, Rodey Strothers, Greg Goss, Wes Falls, Uncle Billy Hull, and Jason Harris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Mena High School FFA, P.O. Box 1810, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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  1. Dear Fran & Johnny, There are no words to tell you how sorry I am. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  2. Chase was the coolest kid I knew; intelligent and wise beyond his years even at age 11 (the last time I saw him). My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hilton Family.

  3. Chase will forever have a place in our hearts.

  4. Phillip and Karen Bunda

    Our Hearts are very heavy and we are Over-Whelmed at the loss of Chase. We only knew Chase through his family, but what we do know is that he was Love by a whole lot of wonderful people. We are praying so hard for our friend Johnny, his wife, and his family. We can only pray that some how, some way , some day, we can make sense of this terrible tragedy. We may not know what tomorrow may bring we do know who holds tomorrow. We are at a lost for words at this time, all we an say is that our thoughts, our prayers, our cares, are going up and out for all of you.

  5. Jan Crenshaw Stepanian

    Praying for you during this sad time. May The Lord ease your pain.

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