Marion Hilson

Marion Reaser Hilson, 78, of Maidsville, passed away at his residence on Monday afternoon, April 15, 2024, following an extended illness. 

He was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Fairmont, a son of the late Morris Reaser and the late Rosa Lee Hilson. 

Marion is survived by his wife, Magalene Jean McDonald Hilson; his children, Kimberly Hilson Turner and husband, Michael, and Michael Hilson, all of Fairmont, Randall Hilson and his fiancé, Shonda Plaza, of Morgantown, and Sadie Johnson, of Maidsville; his stepchildren, Brandy Johnson, Lamar Johnson and his wife, Christy, all of Morgantown; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Marion was preceded in death by a sibling, Marion R. Hilson Jr.; a stepson, Larry Johnson Jr.; and a brother, Alonzo Hilson. 

Growing up, he was exceptionally talented at basketball and track. He was given the nickname “Goose” after a famous basketball player due to his skill. Eventually, he went to basic training in the army, then medic training, then went to airborne training. After airborne training, he was sent to Haiti to assist in the keeping the peace. He was then sent to Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry of the U.S. Army. After he finished his deployment in Vietnam, he transferred to the National Guard and did assignments in various places such as South Korea, Egypt and Germany. He assisted in training and rebuilding of each region. Afterwards, he pursued an associate degree in computer science and eventually chose to become an electrical technician. 

Marion was a good man with never a harsh word said about anyone. He was patient, quiet, and kids loved to talk to him and listen to him talk. 

The family wishes to thank all the hospice nurses, dialysis nurses and cancer center nurses for the care and compassion shown to Marion and his family during their time of need. 

Friends may join the family to honor Marion’s life and legacy at Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Westover/Morgantown, from 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, until the time of his Homegoing Service at 1 p.m., officiated by Pastor Gwendolyn McKinley. Entombment with Full Military Honors accorded will be held in the Chapel of Tranquility Mausoleum at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover.