Ronald Wayne ‘Superman’ Hilton

Published 11:38 am Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Ronald Wayne “Superman” Hilton, 65, died on Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, 2021.

He was born with Downs syndrome in Havre de Grace, Md. on Oct. 1, 1955. He knew he was special, and boy was he.  He never met anyone without a big hug and genuine smile. His love for mankind was amazing.  He worked for Horns Express for 15 years, where he met and befriended hundreds of people.  He was an honorary firefighter with the West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department. He loved to go to the fundraising barbecues and help wherever he could. He had a passion for drawing and was a talented artist. He loved drawing Disney characters and always loved to make someone’s day by giving them a piece of his artwork. To meet Ronnie was to love him.  He never met a stranger.

After the death of his mother, his baby sister, Bonnie, husband Chuck, and their daughter Kenzie took him into their home. They were his surrogate parents. They have loved him as a son, brother, and uncle for over the past 14 years. They built Ronnie a bedroom with a “secret room” so he could dress as Superman and make appearances. His niece Kenzie grew up with her uncle in the home and he loved her with all his heart, and she loved him like a brother. All of his brothers and sisters so appreciate the love, care and compassion shown to Ronnie by them.

Ronnie’s parents were Doris Dillard Hilton and James Russell Hilton.

Survivors: his brother, Keith Hilton of Winston-Salem; sister, Donna H. Morrison (John) of Mt. Ulla; sister, Brenda H. Howell (Ricky) of Bermuda Run; brother, Robert Hilton (Grace) of Mocksville; sister, Bonnie H. Brown (Chuck) of Mocksville; brother, David O’Steen (Rhonda) of The Villages, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Hewas a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Mocksville, where he loved going. His love for the Lord was obvious and he loved his Preacher, Brother Darrell Cox.  He loved singing and enjoyed listening to the old gospel hymns.  His favorite hymn to sing was “How Great Thou Art.”

He always had a huge birthday party every year and enjoyed any reason to celebrate.  He would say when he got to Heaven that he would be normal.

A drive-in memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Trinity Baptist Church with Dr. Darrell Cox officiating. The family request that attendees remain in their cars. FM radio will be available. The service will be available for streaming at A private interment will take place at Rowan Memorial Park in Salisbury. Friends may pay respects to Ronnie on Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: Davie Senior Services, Attn: Kelly Sloan, 278 Meroney Str., Mocksville for the Robotic Therapy Pet Program to give comfort to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients; or to Trinity Baptist Church, 2722 US 601 S., Mocksville.