Arlon Ray Hiers

Arlon Ray Hiers, 75, of Blackshear, passed away Saturday evening, May 30, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Born January 12, 1945 in Pierce County, he was a son of the late Clyde Alton and Ella Mae Davis Hiers. He was a 1965 graduate of Blackshear High School and served in the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War, rising to the rank of Sergeant.  He retired in 1994 as a machinist from the CSX Railroad in Waycross and had owned his own farm for a number of years.

He was a faithful member of Walkerville Baptist Church and attended the Senior Adults Sunday School Class. He had served on several building committees over the years and had recently helped break ground for the new sanctuary. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenny Hiers, Alton Worten, and Billy Hiers and a half-brother, Randy Hiers.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Willene Taylor Hiers of Blackshear; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Randy Crawford, Blackshear, Kristie and Mike O’Steen, Waycross and Robin and Tony Mixon, Cochran; grandchildren, Brooke (Michael) Williams, Brunswick, Karissa (Bryan) Willis, Adel, Eric Tyler Johnson and Ryan Halsey, both of Charleston, WV, Brandon Johnson, Smyrna, Kyler Crawford, Blackshear, Karrigan Foskey, Milledgeville, Ethan Foskey and Gavin Foskey, both of Cochran; great-grandchildren, Brody, Baylor and Mia Katherine Williams, all of Brunswick and Easton and Elleree Willis, both of Adel; brothers, Wallace Hiers, Bristol, Jimmy Hiers, Mershon, and the Rev. Roger Worten (wife Cathy), Starke, FL; half-siblings, Wanda Scott, Terry Hiers and Clifton Hiers, all of Waycross and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the funeral home. The use of masks and social distancing are recommended. Anyone who is uncomfortable in a crowd is welcome to come by the funeral home between 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, from the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.  

A private burial will follow at Walkerville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Williams, Tyler Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Kyler Crawford, Bryan Willis, and Ethan Foskey.

The Walkerville Baptist Church Senior Adult Sunday School Class is asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to please be at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walkerville Baptist Church Building Fund, 3000 Walkerville Road, Blackshear, GA 31516 or the Southeast Cancer Unit, PO Box 667, Blackshear, GA 31516.

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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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