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Obituary (SC): Homer Thomas Hiers Jr. ('51 honorary)

Posted on 08/31/2018

Mr. Homer Thomas Hiers, Jr., 82, of Railroad Avenue in Brunson, died Monday morning at his residence. Mr. Hiers was born in Hampton County April 17, 1936, a son of the late Homer Thomas Hiers, Sr. and Ruth Hogg Hiers. He is survived by: son: Homer Thomas "Tommy" Hiers, III and wife Pam of Charleston; daughter: Dawn Hiers of Virginia Beach; brother: Buddy Hiers and wife Emily of Hampton; sister: Patricia "Pat" Pope and husband Richard of Hampton; and two grandchildren: Homer Thomas Hiers, IV and Anna H. Ogle. Captain Tom's military career began in the South Carolina National Guard in Hampton. He then served in the Army as a Sergeant, and concluded with twenty-seven years as a Navy Chaplain. Chaplain Hiers served in Vietnam, at the Naval Academy, with the Chief of Chaplains in the Pentagon, and aboard several ships including the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ. He served with the United States Marines at: Camp Lejeune; Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island; Fleet Marine Force Atlantic; and was the Senior Marine Chaplain in Desert Storm. He is an honorary member of the US Naval Academy class of 1951. Chaplain Hiers is the only Naval Chaplain to serve twice at the Naval Station Charleston. His last tour of duty was at Charleston where he helped close the Naval Station Charleston. His thirty-seven military awards include three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, four Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medals. Tim earned degrees from: Baptist College of Florida; University of William Carey, Hattiesburg Mississippi; New Orleans Baptist Seminary; and Duke University. At retirement Chaplain Hiers was presented by the Governor of South Carolina The Order of The Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award. He has been pastor in seven churches and interim at eight others. He said he could, and would, go back to all but one of those churches. The ole sailor loved hunting, fishing, golfing, boating with his grandchildren and working on his farm. He named the farm SOW'S EAR FARM, which he said was therapy dirt. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 4th, 10:00 AM at the Hampton First Baptist Church with burial to follow at 2:00 PM in the Beaufort National Cemetery with Military Honors directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM prior to the service. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, Hampton Chapel - Hampton
300 Mulberry Street, West 
Hampton, SC 29924
803-943-3352 

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Aug. 31, 2018