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“To Bishop Hilton and Family: My condolences to all of you and prayers. God Bless. 2 Timothy 4:7 ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: Leilani H. - KY - friend

The Slater sisters, Sarah, Lossie & Mary. “Love you to the moon, missing you ”
2 of 34 | Posted by: Mary Sabb - Statesboro, GA

“My sympathy to all for your losses.Psalms 116:115 ”
3 of 34 | Posted by: Bj

4 of 34 | Posted by: Demarius Williams - Pensacola, FL

“My deepest sympathy to the Hilton family. ”
5 of 34 | Posted by: Brenda Miles - Cincinnati, OH

“With loving memories of Aunt Sarah Lou and Uncle Lewis. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Herbert Lee & Family ”
6 of 34 | Posted by: Herbert (Bill) Lee - NY

“From my family to your family, our sincerest condolences and prayers. May God bless you all and keep you all in Jesus Name. ”
7 of 34 | Posted by: Preston Charles Jr. - Cincinnati, OH

“I love these two people I think God he allowed me to meet and know them at this time it's an honor to have known them abandoned prisons God bless...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Frances Fagan Wallace - OH

“When I think about the goodness of Jesus my soul shouts Hallelujah. There is no words that can heal the heart from the lost .But when you look back...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Dontae Brown - Cincinnati, OH

“To: Bishop Bobby Hilton & family;Our prayers, love and condolence to the Hilton family as well as the church family. What a beautiful love story, one...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Minister Yvonne Brown - OH

“To Bishop Hilton, Pastor V. and the Hilton family, I want to extend my deepest sympathy, my heart is heavy and my prayers are with you. I know that...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Millie Tooson - Cincinnati, OH

“To the Hilton family. My heart goes out to everyone of you. Condolences to Bishop and Lady V and the family. I've known Mother and Daddy Hilton for...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Marianetta Saunders - Cincinnati, OH

“Bishop and Dr. Valda Hilton and Family:We are so glad that God blessed our paths to cross with Bishop and Mother Hilton many years ago. They were...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Bishop Maurice and Sister Thyra Jackson - OH

“To the Hilton Family, The Thomas family send you our deepest sympathy and love. We are deeply saddened with the loss of your parents. Our sincere...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Mary (Peadie) Thomas - Buford, GA

“Dear Bishop and family, It is with a heavy heart that I am unable to be in Ohio at this time to be there to celebrate two lives that was so blessed...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Sis Dottie Moore - NORRISTOWN, PA

“To the Hilton Family, I have known your wonderful parents for many years. Bishop and Mother Hilton were some of the sweetest people God ever made....Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Dr. J. J. Jackson, III - Memphis, TN

17 of 34 | Posted by: MARGIE WATKINS - CINCINNATI, OH

“My deepest sympathies to the entire family...Love you all ”
18 of 34 | Posted by: Nannette Johnson - Trenton, OH

“I was honored to be around and hear these great pioneers of the church of I remember every time after service I would go over to were mother in...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Jason Robinson - cincinnati oh, OH

“My name is Rochelle Dunnom, I'm very sorry for the Family lost. I'm one of the Aides from Blackstone came over to take care of Father Hilton, he...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Rochelle Dunnom - Cincinnati, OH

21 of 34 | Posted by: LEONA KNOX - Cincinnati, OH

“I had the pleasure of knowing assisting both of them I am so sorry for your lost my prayers are with you all PEACE. ”
22 of 34 | Posted by: Leona Knox - Cincinnati, OH

“My prayers and condolence to the Hilton family as well as the church family. It's so beauty to have loved the way your parents did. It's like a fairy...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Cheryl Douthitt - Cincinnati, OH

“Your parents fought a good fight and they finished their course and now they are offered to the King of Kings, they habe a new home in glory,praise...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Deacon James E. Johnson Jr - OH

“This message comes from all of the Mad River Ski Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are meant for your entire family. In this time of great loss - I...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Sallie Evans - West Mansfield, OH


“It is had to imagine what you must be going through. We are so, so sorry. Know that we are all thinking of you and wishing you strength as you deal...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Deaconess Annette Cheatham - OH

“God saw them getting tired,and a cure was not to beHe wrapped them in his loving armsand whispered Come with meThey suffered much in silence,Their...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Rhonda Speakman - Cincinnati, OH

“Bishop and Mother Hilton were a spiritual mother and father to me. I know they loved and prayed for me. I learned so much under their guidance while...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Theressa Johnson - Hopkinsville, KY

“We're so sorry for your lost! Our hearts are broken. Sending hugs and prayers! They will truly be missed! We love you all. ”
30 of 34 | Posted by: Vincent& Marie Ward - Cincinnati, OH

“Sending love prayers and condolences during your hour of bereavement. ”
31 of 34 | Posted by: Erica Bracy - Cincinnati, OH

“To Bishop Hilton family your in my prayers may God continue to strengthen y'all peace and love ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: Marva Hammonds - Cincinnati, OH

“The Body of Christ Worship Center prays that God comforts you with His rod and staff as you walk through this valley of sorrow. We will keep you...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Overseer Gerald and Pastor Wendi Wyatt - GA

“Praying for the Hilton family. My love and prayer for strength and peace as you travel this road at the graduation if and transition to Glory of...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Venita Thomas - Fairfield, OH

Hilton, Sr., Bishop Lewis T, and Mother Sarah Hilton, loving parents of Martha Dillingham (James, deceased), Bertha Southall (Larry), Lewis Hilton, Jr. (aka Bobby Hilton, (Valda), Cincinnati Firefighter John Christopher Hilton (Shirletta) and Cincinnati Police Officer Angela Natalie Hilton. 15 Grandchildren, 26 Great-Grandchildren and 8 Great-Great Grandchildren. Senior Bishop Hilton passed Thursday, November 23, 2017 age 92 years and Mother Hilton passed on Monday November 27, 2017 at age 90. Visitation Monday, December 4, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center 693 Fresno Dr. Forest Park, Ohio 45240. Funeral Service on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center, 693 Fresno Dr. Forest Park, Ohio 45240. Burial at Landmark Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati, Oh., Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 11:00AM. Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at

Bishop Lewis T. Hilton & Mother Sarah L. Hilton
His Story…
LEWIS THOMAS HILTON, SR. was born to the late Johnnie and Hattie Hilton November 22, 1925
in Manning, South Carolina. The family later moved to Statesboro, Georgia. He was educated in Bulloch County
Schools. Lewis left school before graduating to help his father in farming.
Her Story…
SARAH LOU SLATER was born to Pete and Celia Slater June 20, 1927 in Statesboro, Georgia. She was
educated in Bulloch County Schools.
And two became One…Their Story
In 1942, Lewis met a beautiful young lady, Sarah Lou Slater who would become his bride of almost 72 years. The
couple were united in holy matrimony January 12, 1946 and to this union five children were born.
They began their journey together operating a large farm, growing tobacco and cotton. In 1956 they moved their
family, which now included two daughters, Martha & Bertha, to Cincinnati, Ohio. Lewis immediately began an
over 28 year career with Cincinnati Milling Machine, which was later named Cincinnati Milacron. Sarah was
employed as a caretaker. Over the years, they became foster parents to many.
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of Holiness;
One of the family's first homes was on Lindale Court in Lincoln Heights, Ohio. It was there they met neighbors,
Charles and Dorothy Bostick. Dorothy Bostick introduced Sarah to the way of Holiness. Soon after, Lewis was
also saved and they both joined Church of God of all Nations under Bishop William L. Tumblin. Sarah Hilton
later participated in the renaming of this church to True Holiness Church of God under Bishop Lewis and Eddita
In 1969, Elder Lewis Hilton was called to pastor Revival Temple Church of God. The following year, Elder Lewis
& Mother Sarah Hilton founded, Apostolic Church of Deliverance. Elder Hilton was soon after consecrated a
Bishop and served as Northwest Diocese Bishop of the Born Again Church of Jesus Christ under the late, Bishop
John W. Barber. They faithfully led Apostolic Church of Deliverance for 20 years. In February 1990, the mantel
of leadership was passed to their eldest son, Lewis T. Hilton, Jr. also known as Bishop Bobby Hilton.
Bishop Lewis Hilton, Sr. was a faithful and hardworking man who took excellent care of his family. There was
never a day he was not working full time until he retired from Cincinnati Milacron. Mother Sarah Hilton spent
little time working outside of the home because her husband preferred that she be home and take care of their
children. She made sure full home cooked meals were hot and ready every evening by the time her husband
would arrive from work.
Bishop Lewis Hilton suffered a stroke several years ago. This condition slowed him down, however, he refused
to let it stop him. There were several times Bishop Hilton had to be taken to the hospital due to complications
from the stroke. On Friday, August 11, 2017, Bishop Hilton was admitted to the hospital and remained there
for several weeks. During this time, Mother Hilton would visit daily and even spend the night with him in the
hospital. On the morning of Tuesday August 22, 2017, Mother Hilton suffered a severe heart attack. Physicians
informed the family that her main artery to the heart was 100% blocked and mitral valve was not operating
properly. There was nothing that could be done to the artery or the valve due to swelling and how weak Mother
Hilton was. The family was stunned to hear the physician say, "she may not make it through this". Mother was
on the second floor of the hospital, in intensive care, and Bishop Hilton was on the third floor of the facility.
Bishop Hilton was released before mother and was taken to Maple Knoll Village Rehabilitation Center. Several
days later, Mother Hilton also became an inpatient at Maple Knoll Rehabilitation Center. Their private rooms
were right next to each other. Bishop Hilton was not very happy that his wife was next door and not placed in
the room with him. They spent the days in the room together and would only be separated at bedtime. Mother
Hilton reached a point of good recovery and was allowed to return to her home. She would visit Bishop Hilton
as often as she could. Whenever she would come through the door, he would brighten up and say "here come
my baby", "how are you doing baby?" It was a very sad time for each of them whenever Mother would have to
leave and go home.
November 23, 2017, which was Thanksgiving Day and one day after Bishop Hilton's 92nd birthday, Mother Hilton
along with her sons, daughters and other family members went to be with Bishop Hilton after hearing he was
having issues with his breathing. Scriptures were read and the family sung every worship and praise song they
thought Bishop Hilton would remember. At 11:45 a.m., Bishop Hilton took a deep breath and gave a final sigh.
A single tear flowed down his left cheek. This was crushing for the family to witness, however, they realized he
was released from his earthly tabernacle and immediately clothed in another building not made with hands eternal
in the heavens.
THREE DAYS LATER - Sunday, November 26, 2017, Mother Hilton rose up very early in the morning. She had
breakfast and was dressed for morning service much earlier than usual. Mother Hilton was