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Hamilton, AL – Barbara Joann Snipes Hilburn, age 83, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Friday, October 26th, 2018.

Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.  Burial in the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery in Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama.

Ms. Hilburn was born May 9, 1935, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to J.J. Snipes and Helen Marshall Snipes.  She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and earned an associate’s degree at Bevill State Community College, Hamilton, Alabama. She married Ganus Emerson Hilburn in 1953 and became a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Ms. Hilburn loved to study the Bible, read, garden and paint. She loved Jesus with her whole heart and ministered to family and friends throughout her lifetime, serving as an example of faithful and Christ-like love to all who knew her. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hamilton and taught an adult ladies Sunday School class for over 30 years.*

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ganus Emerson Hilburn; sister, Carolyn Geist; children, Beth Armstrong (Gary), Bruce Hilburn (Linda), and Bonnie Zarzaur (Richard); grandchildren, Ashley Armstrong, John Armstrong (Anna), Allison Rehnborg (Ryan), Brad Hilburn (Emily), Erin Hilburn (Jacob Hargrave), Cortney Hyde (Wade), and Sandra Hilburn; great-grandchildren, Anna Bella Alberts, Emerson Wade Hyde, and Haven Wilder Hillbrave; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.J. Snipes and Helen Marshall Snipes; brother, Charles Edwin Snipes; sister-in-law, Patsy Snipes; brother-in-law, Lyle Geist; son, John Marshall Hilburn; and grandson, Christopher Bruce Hilburn.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers who helped in so many ways: Sitters – Stephanie Holloway, Cindy Raburn, and Ann McBrayer; Dr. John Kerr and Dr. Cesar Romero; the staff at North Mississippi Medical Center; and Kindred Home Health and AsceraCare Hospice. Also, a special thank you to the Faithful Workers Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church who provided lunch after the service.

*Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL.

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