Era Lee Hillis, 1916-2015

Era Lee Hillis

Era Lee Hillis

Era Lee Pierce Hillis, 98, of Texarkana, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Wadley Hospital in Texarkana.

She was born Dec. 26, 1916, in Prairie View, Ark., to the late Robert Lee and Era Ethel Blair Pierce.

She attended Arkansas Tech in Russellville, and taught school for several years in Conway. She married James Ralph Hillis on Aug. 23, 1942, after his graduation from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Together they served Christ in numerous Methodist churches across Arkansas for over 30 years. They were blessed to spend 51 years together before he passed away in 1993.

Era Lee was a devoted minister’s wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church Texarkana, Ark., and its Montgomery Sunday School class. She enjoyed cooking, baking, all kinds of sewing and needlework, her friends in the Nandina Garden Club and her sisters in PEO Chapter V.

In addition to her parents, Era Lee was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. J. Ralph Hillis; one sister, Dana Pierce Blaylock; two brothers, William and Fay (Pat) Pierce; and one son, James Robert Hillis.

She is survived by two children, Dr. Mike Hillis and his wife Sherri of Texarkana, Ark., and Ellen Jo Hillis Tate and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Tate of Rogers; daughters-in-law Aimee B. Hillis of Little Rock and Kathy S. Hillis of Baton Rouge, La.; 10 grandchildren, Lisa Hillis Browning and Beth Hillis McCandless of Little Rock, Deborah Hillis O’Meara of Bent Mountain, Va., Dr. Michael Hillis of Alma, James Andrew Tate of Brooklyn, N.Y., Christopher Hillis of Conway, Elizabeth Tate Bradt of Owasso, Okla., Lindsey Hillis and Hampton and Brennan Hile of Texarkana, Ark.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Era Lee’s life was held Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church Texarkana, Ark. Burial followed at East Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, 400 E. 6th Street, Texarkana, AR 71854, or the Multiple Systems Atrophy Coalition, 9935-D Rea Road #212, Charlotte, NC, 28277.