B. Diane Hilderbrand

  • Born: May 25, 1952
  • Died: April 11, 2019
  • Location: Central, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630

Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Diane Hilderbrand, 66, wife of Van Pursley Hilderbrand passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 due to complications with ALS.

She was born in York County, SC, the daughter of Pauline Lawson Harris Gillifillan of Clover, SC and the late George Harris. Diane was a 1970 graduate of Clover High School and she graduated from Tri County Technical College in 1974. She was pre school teacher at Fort Hill Presbyterian Kindergarten until her retirement in 2011. She was a member of Clemson United Methodist Church. Diane loved animals, her Quilting Group, her children, grandchildren and her home.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are her son, Van Pursley Hilderbrand, Jr. (Liz) of Washington, DC; daughter, Lee Hilderbrand Blakley (David) of Charleston, SC; brother, Michael Harris; sisters, Darlene Harris Stone and Denise Gillifillan Taylor all of Clover, SC; grandchildren, Tucker Blakley and Maddox Hilderbrand.

Graveside inurnment services will be 2 PM, Sunday at Woodland Cemetery on the campus of Clemson University with Rev. Fran Elrod officiating.

The family will greet friends in the South Club Level of Memorial Stadium immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Clemson Community Care, P.O. Box 271, Clemson, SC 29633; Concerned Citizens for Animals, P.O. Box 1332,
Simpsonville, SC 29621; Fort Hill Presbyterian Church for the Fort Hill Preschool, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, SC 29631; to the Clemson United Methodist Church for Children's Programs, 300 Frontage Road, Clemson, SC 29631; or to the ALS Association, www.alsa.org.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our thoughts & prayers are with all of the Hilderbrand Family on the passing of your beloved Diane. She was loved by family, friends, co-workers & scouts!!

Posted by Judy Blackwell - Central   May 15, 2019

Van, Van Jr. and Lee,

We were taken back when we heard about Diane. I loved working with her at Fort Hill and the trips we would take to Charleston annually. Diane's smile, kindness and always being so positive will stay in all of our hearts. Our love and thoughts are with you.

Deb and Ken Herman

Posted by Deb Herman - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 23, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this news. Diane was my sons preschool teacher for two treasured years. She was wonderful with the children and fostered a family among them that also brought the parents close together. She was a precious gift. I know you will all miss her so, but know that she was loved by so many and her gifts were so appreciated. We will be holding your family close in prayer.
Elizabeth Bost

Posted by Elizabeth Bost - Seneca, SC - Friend   April 19, 2019


So sorry for the loss of your family member. God will always look over his people. Prayers to all

Posted by Terri Turner - Port Townsend, WA - Family   April 18, 2019

Van, Mark and I are so sad to hear of your loss. We pray for God's peace for your family.

Posted by Hazel Modica - Moncks Corner, SC - Acquaintance   April 17, 2019

Van and family,
Please know that you are in our prayers. We pray that God's grace and strength will comfort and sustain you in the time of your grief.
Spence & Brenda McMaster

Posted by Spencer McMaster - Columbia, SC - Friend   April 16, 2019

Please know that Diane and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you strength and peace during this difficult time.

Friends and colleagues of Van Jr. at Miles & Stockbridge

Posted by Miles & Stockbridge - Washington, DC - Coworker   April 16, 2019

Van & family, We were sadden to hear of Diane's passing. There are no words that would lessen your heavy hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that the power of God is present and that He will bring you solace in your time of sorrow. Luke & Tami Fields

Posted by Luke Fields - Clemson, SC - Family Friend   April 15, 2019

Dear Van, Van Jr., and Lee,
We were shocked and saddened to hear about Diane's death. We had no idea that she was ill and regret that it has been a long time since we have run into one another here and there. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies to your family and know that we are holding you up in our prayers. We so regret that we did not get to her services to pay our respects in person. We did not realize til it was too late. Diane was always so friendly and warm to us and she cared so lovingly for our two youngest girls in preschool when we first moved here to Clemson in 1989. It was a joy to see her helping with the car riders after preschool. We are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Paul and Melanie Prichard, Clemson, SC.

Posted by Paul & Melanie Prichard - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 15, 2019

Van, i'am so sorry to hear this about your wife. May she Rest In Peace! Prayers Up for you and your family!

Posted by Don Mauldin - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 15, 2019

Van, Van Jr., and Lee...Been thinking about y'all for the past 2 days, and wanting to reach out with hugs for all. Please know that our love and sincere caring are coming your way. She is now smiling her way through heaven and happy as a clam. Please be happy for her and take care of each other as she wished. Peace.

Posted by Deanie and Dan Shonka - Central, SC - Friend   April 14, 2019

Van, may God be with you and your family in this time of loss. Thoughts and prayers for Diane.

Posted by Ken Peeples - Seneca, SC - Classmate   April 14, 2019

Dear Van and family. We pray God's peace and comfort and send our condolences. Anthony and Diane Rose. Psalms 23.

Posted by Anthony Rose - Harrisburg, NC - Acquaintance   April 14, 2019

Dear Van, Lee and Van Jr., We have many fond memories of Diane and are certain that you have many more. May the Love of God and the support of family and friends comfort you and help you in the coming days.

Posted by Bill and Karen Lanham - CLEMSON, SC - Friend   April 14, 2019

Dear Van and family My deepest condolences.May the passing of time help to ease your pain and sorrow. Renee

Posted by Renee Bennet - Seneca, SC - Friend   April 14, 2019

I was absolutely stunned when I read of Diane's passing. I am so, so very sorry for your loss. I remember Diane as a sweet, kind, and gentle soul whom I know will be greatly missed. Please know that I offer my deepest sympathy to you, Van Jr., and Lee. May your faith, family, friends provide comfort to you in this most difficult time.

Posted by Rick Brewer - Easley, SC - Friend   April 14, 2019

Slim, saddened to hear of Diane's passing. Prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Bob Eubanks - Charleston, SC - Friend   April 14, 2019

Dear Van & Family, You & yours remain in our thoughts & prayers, during these trying times. May God be with you. Sincerely, Bruce & Bea Hamilton

Posted by Bruce Hamilton - Salem, SC - Friend   April 14, 2019

Van, I was so saddened by the news of Dianne's passing. Know that Maddie and I are praying for you and your family. We are asking the Lord to comfort you in these early days and in the weeks and months to come. May His peace and strength be given to you and your family through His power and presence and through the friends and family who love you.

Posted by LuAnne Lovelace - Clover, SC - Acquaintance   April 14, 2019

Van and family. We are so saddened to hear this news. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Posted by Andy and Gail Dickson Clinton - Clover, SC - Friend   April 13, 2019


Posted by AUDREA WATSON - SOUTH CAROLINA, SC - Friend   April 13, 2019

Van and family, Not really knowing Diane, I can only know her thru the wonderful tributes others have written.
Teacher, mother, grandmother and wife (to a busy man) are attributes that are difficult to fulfill. Sounds like she was one of the BEST! May you be surrounded in your grief by the love of God and the fellowship of family and friends.

Posted by Kathy McGee - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 13, 2019

Dear Van and family,
We are so sad to hear about Diane's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God Bless! Bobby and Adelia McLean

Posted by Adelia McLean - Central, SC - Acquaintance   April 13, 2019

Van and family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Diane will be missed. We are keeping all of you in our prayers. May you know that friends and family have you in their prayers and thoughts. Wishing you healing at this time. Hope Threadgill and Mike Crawford

Posted by Hope Threadgill - Six Mile, SC - Friend   April 13, 2019

I am asking God to carry you through this difficult time and to hold you close in His arms of love. May He grant you His peace in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Posted by Terry Usery - Bessemer City, NC - Classmate   April 13, 2019

Van and Family, I was so shocked to hear of Diane's passing. Positive thoughts and prayers for healing during this time of sorrow. I will always remember her great smiles.

Posted by Clyde Gorsuch - Clemson, SC - Family Friend   April 13, 2019

Van & Family, We're so very sorry to learn of Diane's passing ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family! Joe & Joyce White

Posted by Joe White - Simpsonville, SC - Friend   April 13, 2019


Pauline,Van and family! Growing up with Diane as cousins,those were the good ole days. I loved her and I'm sorry she had to go so soon! But God knows what he is doing! May God comfort you in this time. I love ❤ each of you and have never stopped! RIP my friend.

Posted by Nancy Gourley - York, SC - Family   April 13, 2019

Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of Diane's passing. My prayers are with you during this time of your grief.

Posted by Norma Moss Bowlin - N. Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   April 13, 2019


Van and Family, Prayers being lifted up for you during this difficult time. Know Diane touched many lives during her life. She was a wonderful woman God used to make to world a better place. Frances E. Cook Bethel Community Friend, Clover SC

Posted by Frances Cook - Clover, SC   April 13, 2019

Van, we are so sorry for your loss. Diane took such good care of our girls when they were little at Fort Hill. We loved her and we love you. Sorry we can't be at the service on Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Debbie DuBose.

Posted by Debbie DuBose    April 13, 2019

Van, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Diane was a special person and I remember working with her many years ago. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Pat Collins Collins - Central, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Van , My thoughts are with you as move through these trying times . In God We Trust!

Posted by Mark Heniford - North Myrtle Beach, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Van, I am so sorry to hear about Diane's passing. Sara and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Posted by George Jones - Spartanburg, SC - Classmate   April 12, 2019

Rob and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

Posted by Kathy Sexton - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Leslie and I are so sorry about Diane. We will never forget how good she was to our kids and what a wonderful person she was.

Posted by Bus and Leslie Hicklin - Clemson, SC - Family Friend   April 12, 2019

Van; I was saddened to hear of Diane's passing. I will always remember her big smile and contagious laughter. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Andy Rowland - Clover, SC - Classmate   April 12, 2019

Van, You and the Family are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Posted by Bill and Teresa Daniel - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Our love and prayers to all of you!
Danny and Beth Poole

Posted by Beth Poole - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Jack and I are so sad to hear about your loss of such an amazing wife, mom, grandmother and pet owner. Our hearts are broken for all of you!!!!

Posted by Debbie and Jack Davis - Seneca, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers..

Posted by Gail Gressette - St. Matthews, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Van, I was so sorry to hear about Diane. She was a sweet, loving woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Millie McElwee Plyler - Liberty Hill, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Van,Van Jr. and Lee,
Words cannot begin to tell you how sad I am about Diane. We had so many memories of laughter and fun. I loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. She loved her family and school kids with all of her heart. She was a bright spot in my day when she came for her haircut- so much fun we had. I will remember her spirit from this day forward and want y'all to know I will miss my friend greatly. I am heartbroken but my heart is full because of Diane. My prayers are with you and I love y'all very much

Posted by Dawn Tabor - Anderson, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

Van and Family: Peggy and I are so sorry for your loss! You are in our prayers!

Posted by Vernon Defee - Manning, SC - Friend   April 12, 2019

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