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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.