Hildreth 50th Anniversary

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Pat and Johnny Hildreth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today at the Austin Auditorium, Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina.  Pat and Johnny Hildreth are our neighbors and friends since we purchased a home near them in 1989.  They are genuine and talented people, who treat others like they would like to be treated themselves.

Johnny has worked in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning field for many decades having retired from Wingate University about seven or eight years ago and has done contract plumbing work for the general public while working his full time "day job" and has kept our home plumbing and heating/cooling needs going as well as countless others in this county and adjacent counties .  He has always been there when needed but due to serious health problems in the past couple years has had to cut way back on his work that he loves so well and his son Allen is helping to take up the slack. 

I personally cannot say enough good things about Pat and Johnny Hildreth and their devoted loving family and hope you enjoy the pictures taken this afternoon.  I have featured them and their Christmas yard decorations of which Pat enjoys so much as do the many, many folks riding by to view their handy work!


Entrance to the Austin Auditorium at Wingate University.

Pix of napkin

A ton of outstanding refreshments being served at several table locations.

Another refreshment table....note there are far too many people to identify beneath each pix and might get a partial attendance list at a later date for web publishing!

Dinah Hildreth, wife of Allen Hildreth.

Pat and Johnny Hildreth; cake cutting time!  Happy 70th Birthday Johnny!   Hildreth photo.

Brian, Sherry, Pat, Johnny, Teresa and Allen Hildreth.  Hildreth Photo.

Pat and Johnny Hildreth listening to some bluegrass music from a local band Flat Out Bluegrass and also a special treat from Johnny's brother "JB" Lester James who came in from Elizabeth, TN for the celebration.

Bonnie Martin, who gets serenaded by yours truly at the Wal-Mart Pharmacy with my rendition of;  you guessed it, "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean"  Bonnie is going to kill me for sure but I had to do it!  She is a very sweet person.

Buck Morton who is married to one of Pat and Johnny's daughters Sherry.

Pat Hildreth, Wink and Rachel Myers and my bride Joyce Porter aka "Tweet."

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Riddle...Mr. Riddle was my principal in grade school and he kept us young trouble makers in check too!

Ralph Henry Coble.

Terry Gilmore and Tony Barber.

Kyle McLester son of Teresa and Boyce McLester of Hartsville, SC.  Teresa is the daughter of Pat and Johnny Hildreth.  Kyle is field testing my turkey dual hens box call in South Carolina.

Kyle, Teresa and Boyce McLester. Hildreth Photo.

JB aka Lester James Hildreth playing a mean piano in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis and awesome to say the least!

Teresa McLester daughter of Pat and Johnny Hildreth.

Dinah Hildreth with her kids...they certainly are growing too fast!

The cake was also for Johnny Hildreth who celebrated his 70th birthday on December 9, 2008.

Pix of Kyle, Johnny, Pat, Jason, etc.

Allen Hildreth and Hilda Paradice (Pat's Sister).

Brian Hildreth, son of Pat and Johnny Hildreth.

Amy Hildreth, wife of Brian Hildreth.

Jim Boylin with his lovely daughter Mary Catherine and lovely bride Kathy.

Allen, Johnny and Brian Hildreth.

Teresa McLester, Johnny Hildreth and Sherry Morton.

Bill Porter, Joyce Porter aka my "bride", Pat and Johnny Hildreth.

Pat Hildreth stated she counted at least 80 that attended and I only got a small portion of those that attended.  It is hard to snap a pix with a cup of coffee in one hand and refreshments in the other.

We had a wonderful time of honoring and celebrating Johnny's birthday and Pat and Johnny's 50th wedding anniversary which isn't until the 21st of this month and as always, Two of the greatest ships that ever sailed, Friendship and Fellowship!  May God's richest blessings and display of love be manifested  in the lives of each and everyone this Christmas season whereas Christ is the reason for the season!

John 3:16  (King James Version)  For God so loved the world,  that he gave his only begotten Son,  that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,  but have everlasting life.

Bill aka Mickey Porter  12-14-08.

Additional notes and pixs added on May 25, 2009.  Johnny Hildreth passed away around 2:50 A.M. today 05-25-09 after a long battle with cancer.  He was a great friend and neighbor and will certainly be missed.  Below are a few pixs taken on October 14, 2000 of Johnny while working in his yard burning trash and leaves and later that day coming down to do a plumbing repair for me. My prayers go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.

One of my all time favorite laughs with Johnny was when we were talking about my Dobro guitar that I built and told him I hoped the glue would hold and he "busted" out in one of his signature laughs from deep down within.  We both had a good "chuckle" for sure.

This is one of my favorite pixs of Johnny burning trash and leaves.  It always amazed me how he could stay so clean when doing yard, plumbing, heating and air conditioning work.

Johnny has some tools ready to do a small plumbing repair job for me.  I always seem to tear up more plumbing fixtures and pipes than I repair and leave such repairs to the experts! 

Good bye my friend until we meet on the other side in the presence of God!

Bill aka Mickey Porter 05-25-09.


If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please take this moment to accept him by Faith into your Life, whereby Salvation will be attained.   

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Open this link of Bible Verses About Salvation, King James Version Bible (KJV).

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”


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