J. Roger Hilley, 67, was born April 12, 1933, in Murray County, Ga. He died Feb. 10, 2001, at his home at Willow Springs. He graduated from Dawnville High School at Dalton, Ga., in 1950 and attended his 50-year reunion last year. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Berry College at Rome, Ga., and his master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. His career as a nuclear physicist started with the E.I. duPont deNemours and Co. at their Savannah River laboratory in South Carolina. He retired in 1984 as laboratory manager and went to Washington, D.C., as a political appointee under the Reagan administration. He was associate director for storage and transportation, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in the Department of Energy until 1987. He then became a consultant to the nuclear energy industry, government contractors and the U.S. government. He and his wife, Melanie, moved to Willow Springs in 1991 to “”Hilly Acres””. Surviving are his wife; one son, Jim Hilley; his daughter, Sandy Turkowsky; a sister, Polly Painter; a brother, David Hilley; and four grandchildren. The body was cremated under the direction of Elliott-Gentry Funeral home of Cabool. A memorial service is planned for later.”

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