November 18, 1934 - July 12,2018
Hillary Lee Hebert Sr. is a descendant of the Original Hebert’s of Beaumont, Texas. His second great grandfather Joseph Hebert (Aye-bare) migrated to Texas from Lafayette, LA in 1842 to help to establish the City of Beaumont. Hillary Lee’s great-grandfather Usan Hebert (He-burt) founded the Pear Orchard community in Beaumont in 1868 as well as Hebert High School which is now Beaumont United High School. His Father, Hillary Ernest Hebert left Beaumont as a young man to marry Hillary Lee’s mother, Leola Conley in 1930. Hillary Ernest and Leola built their lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Hillary Lee was born on November 18, 1934 in Lake Charles. In addition to his parents, he opened his eyes to the world being received by two sisters, Edith and Eloise. Behind him in birth were his sister Fay, brother Harvey and sister Betty. Bringing up the rear of his nuclear family were his brother Harold and sisters Juanita, Carol and Naomi. Hillary Lee Sr. is affectionately known by his family and close friends as ‘Skeeter’ (pronounced Skeetah) or sometimes just ‘Skeet’.
He graduated from W.O. Boston High School in 1952 prior to meeting Leanna Scott of Westlake/Mossville in 1953. They were married on December 12, 1954. Their union produced five children in the Lord: They had four sons, Hillary Lee Jr., Gregory James, Troy Keith and David Brian. Kaaren Yolanda was their precious and only daughter from that union. They built their lives in Milpitas, California.
His marriage with Leanna dissolved in 1976. He later married Louise Middleton of San Francisco, CA in 1978. Along with Louise, he raised his second daughter Anneka Middleton-Hopes as his own during their 15-year marriage.
Prior to marriage, he became the father of his first daughter, Maxie Robinson.
Hillary Lee’s strong work ethic was undeniable throughout his life. Monday-Friday, he rose early to provide for his family. The average man can’t rise at 4:30 am on the dot to go to work without an alarm clock. Skeeter did.
On the weekend, he knew how to turn it up. Skeetah worked hard and played hard. He was a joy to be around, particularly when he didn’t have to work. At leisure, his smile and energy could light up a room.
Prior to leaving Lake Charles for the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962, he worked for Davidson Door & Sash in Lake Charles. Upon arriving to the Stanford area in East Palo Alto, he accepted a job as a ‘Porter’. He parlayed that job into a career as a Paint Technician at Dupont in South San Francisco where he worked for nearly 20 years and opened doors and sashes for other family members and friends to gain employment. After retiring from Dupont, he worked several years at Glidden Paints before relocating to Fairfield, CA and eventually Searcy, Arkansas.
Following both of his significant marriages, life took him to Nashville, Tennessee where he lived with beloved family members including Nesy Carter-Jack. While in Nashville, he managed to purchase a Townhouse while working a part-time job for Avis for ten years, returning rental vehicles to the Nashville Airport.
When his health rapidly declined in 2013, Skeeter’s nephew Carlen Boudreaux contacted his first cousins (Skeeter’s kids) about the situation. Carlen, his mother Betty Boudreaux and brother, Leroy Boudreaux Weaver were instrumental in Hillary Lee’s transition from Nashville to Northwest Houston.
At 83, Hillary Lee passed away peacefully at the Grace Care at Northpointe facility in Tomball, Texas on Thursday, July 12, 2018 under the observation, care and spiritual support of his loved ones, David & Carla Hebert and Kaaren & Tico Perez.
We pray that the Lord God Almighty receives Hillary Lee’s spirit into His Kingdom.
Visitation- Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM in Fondel Memorial Chapel
Funeral-Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 1:30 PM in Fondel Memorial Chapel
Cemetery- Magnolia Cemetery