Hilbert E. Shiers

Published 11:13 am Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hilbert E. Shiers died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. He was 69.

A native of Louise, Miss., Mr. Shiers had lived in Vicksburg for the past 62 years. He retired from Kansas City Southern Railroad after 39 years as a railroad car inspector. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, where he served as a deacon and a member of Cecil Knox Sunday school class.

He was also a member of the Old Habits band, having performed at Levi’s, Magnolia Manor and Belmont Gardens.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ida Mae Shiers; a brother, Carl Shiers; and a sister, Helen Shiers.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Faye H. Shiers of Vicksburg; one daughter, Donna S. Corley of Vicksburg; three brothers, John R. Shiers and Bud Shiers, both of Vicksburg, and Chester Shiers of Natchez; three grandchildren, Amanda Shiers, Rutger Wagner and Zachary Reine; and one great-grandchild, Grayson Shiers.

Services were at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church with Dr. Matt Buckles officiating. Burial followed at County Line Cemetery in Glen Allan. Visitation was from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. today until the service.

Pallbearers were Buck Taylor, Bill Collins, Arthur Lagg, Keith Stennett, Randy Oswalt, D.D. Davidson, Durwood Tadlock, David Baldwin, Gene Allen and J.W. Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Pilgrim, Tom Hill, Calvin Pugh, Thad Shiers, Rocky Shiers, members of the Cecil Knox Sunday school class and members of the KCS Railroad Car Department.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Renewal by Faith Campaign, 1607 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.