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Margaret Virginia HIlton

May 20, 1922 ~ April 10, 2018 (age 95)

Virginia Lamie Hilton died peacefully on April 10, 2018, at her home.

She was born on May 20, 1922, to James Buchanan and Jennie Clear Lamie, in Erwin, TN.  After graduating Unicoi County High School in 1940, Virginia worked at the Clinchfield Railroad during World War II, then completed her education at East Tennessee State University in 1948.

Virginia was a dedicated teacher of young children.  She began her long career at First United Methodist Church kindergarten, after which she taught one of three kindergarten classes at Dunbar School.  She later transferred to Towne Acres Elementary where she taught five-year-olds for the remainder of her career.

Virginia was a member of First United Methodist Church, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators. She greatly enjoyed storytelling, and faithfully attended the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough every October for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Evans Hilton, in 1975, her sisters, Louise Lamie Lynch and Ruth Lamie Schappert, and her brother, Jim Lamie.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Hilton and Leslie Hilton Sams and her husband Bill, grandsons Evan Sams and his wife Liz, and John Sams, all of Johnson City.  Also surviving are several cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service for Virginia will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring Street, Johnson City.  Reverend Jane Taylor will officiate.  The family will receive friends in the sanctuary from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

A private burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, TN.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Virginia Lamie Hilton died peacefully on April 10, 2018, at her home.

She was born on May 20, 1922, to James Buchanan and Jennie Clear Lamie, in Erwin, TN.  After graduating Unicoi County High School in 1940, Virginia worked at the Clinchfield Railroad during World War II, then completed her education at East Tennessee State University in 1948.

Virginia was a dedicated teacher of young children.  She began her long career at First United Methodist Church kindergarten, after which she taught one of three kindergarten classes at Dunbar School.  She later transferred to Towne Acres Elementary where she taught five-year-olds for the remainder of her career.

Virginia was a member of First United Methodist Church, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators. She greatly enjoyed storytelling, and faithfully attended the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough every October for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Evans Hilton, in 1975, her sisters, Louise Lamie Lynch and Ruth Lamie Schappert, and her brother, Jim Lamie.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Hilton and Leslie Hilton Sams and her husband Bill, grandsons Evan Sams and his wife Liz, and John Sams, all of Johnson City.  Also surviving are several cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service for Virginia will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring Street, Johnson City.  Reverend Jane Taylor will officiate.  The family will receive friends in the sanctuary from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

A private burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, TN.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

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