ATLANTA -- James David Hilliard of Atlanta passed away on December 11, 2012 after a long and valiant struggle with cancer.

David was born in Camilla, GA in 1947, the son of Ed and Betty Hilliard. He was raised there and graduated from Mitchell County High School. He then graduated from Auburn University with a degree in accounting. While at Auburn he was an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduation, David married Katherine (Kay) Brooks, also from Camilla. She was a University of Alabama graduate and they had a wonderful marriage of 43 years. After marrying, they moved to Atlanta where David began a 36 year career with Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Certified Public Accountant. He felt fortunate to have enjoyed his work, his clients and his colleagues. When he retired in 2006 he was an Audit Partner. Post retirement, he continued to work part-time as a consultant in Atlanta and Savannah. Family always was David's first priority. He spent many wonderful summers with his children and Grandchildren in Destin. His home always had the energy and happiness of children at every holiday. He was also an avid golfer and a member of Capital City Club. David loved the Lord and was an active member of the Church of the Apostles, in Atlanta as well as several independent Bible Studies.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brother Wayne Hilliard and Brother-in-Law Donald Lathrup.

He is survived by his sons Brad Hilliard (Lindsay) of Tampa, FL and Hanes Hilliard of Atlanta; daughters Brook Hilliard Edwards (Chris) of Charlotte, NC; Leigh Hilliard of Asheville, NC. His Grandchildren include Jackson, Carter and Walker Edwards; David Riley Schimick and Griffin Hilliard. Other survivors include his sister Harriett Lathrup and brothers Ed Hilliard, Tommy Hilliard and Drew Hilliard as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held on December 15, 2012 in Atlanta.

Memorial contributions may be made to the cancer foundation of your choice or Skyland United Methodist Church, 1850 Skyland Terrace, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel

Sandy Springs, GA 404/ 851-9900