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Hillrie Marshall Quin, Jr.

September 17, 1943 ~ March 12, 2020 (age 76)


Hillrie Marshall Quin, Jr., age 76, passed away at home in Highlands from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on March 12, 2020.

Hillrie was born in Texarkana, AR to Vera Wilson Quin and Hillrie Marshall Quin. Hillrie grew up on Army bases in Texarkana, Atlanta, Okinawa, Arlington and Petersburg, VA and Germany. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Georgia State University. He worked for Southern Bell, then Bell South, handling a variety of positions in the company.

He retired from Bell South and went to work the next day for the Conservation Fund. He later worked for the National Wildlife Federation as the Regional Organizer for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In 2003, Hillrie and his wife, Beverly Cook Quin, moved to Highlands full time.

Hillrie was an active conservationist and community member throughout his life. In addition to his career work, he was a dynamic member of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, the Audubon Society, the Macon Beekeepers Association, the Highlands Biological Station, the Wharton Conservation Center in Tate City, Georgia, and board member of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.

He was the founding president of the Highlands Plateau Greenway. He belonged to the Rotary Club, and was president of the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary (2013-2014). Hillrie was an active member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands. With the church’s mission ministry, he helped build clean water systems in five small communities in Bolivia. He later served on the board of the Highlands Bolivian Mission.

Hillrie is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, his sister, Ann Quin Sutherland, his daughter, Amanda Lynn Quin, his son, Hillrie Marshall Quin, III (Estella Chen Quin), and his grandson, Peter Robert Quin. He is also survived by a host of other loving relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Highlands on a date to be determined.

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