Venable said HIllman’s family was in his thoughts and prayers as well as those of other elected officials and employees throughout county government after hearing the difficult-to-grasp news.
“Ron was one of the best-known people in Blountville, in and out of government,” Venable said. “And he was one of, if not the most well-liked due to his wonderful personality and his willingness to listen to people and try to help them. A lot of people, in fact, called him ‘the mayor of Blountville.’ It’s a huge loss for us here within government, and in a broader sense for the community as a whole. But today and in the days ahead our first thoughts are for what a loss it is to his family.”
Venable said Hillman’s wife was out of town and asked a family member to go check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and the family member found Hillman unresponsive.
More about Hillman from the Kingsport Times-News.