Frank Robert Hire died at 6:41 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Sumner Regional Medical Center after suddenly falling ill at his Highway 141 home in Hartsville earlier that day. Mr. Hire was 70.
Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Edward L. Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Hire family lot at the Hayesville Cemetery in Macon County.
Born Frank Robert Hire Jr. at the McFarland Hospital in Lebanon on Nov. 27, 1948, he was one of two sons of longtime Carthage merchant Frank Robert Hire Sr., who died Jan. 29, 2003 at the age of 87, and Cassie Mae Walton Hire, who died Jan. 30, 1970 at the age of 56.
He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Myrian Beatrice Dillehay Wilmore Hire, who died at the age of 84 on Aug. 26, 2008.
Mr. Hire was a 1966 graduate of Smith County High School, where he majored in science, mathematics and business education. He was a member of the Latin Club, in his junior and senior year was a member of the marching band, participated in the fall and spring festivals, was a member of the junior play cast and his senior year was a member of the Owl staff.
He attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville before transferring to Memphis State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education and later a Master of Science.
Mr. Hire began his career as a travel agent before becoming a Parole Officer for the Tennessee Department of Corrections, where he was employed until his retirement. He also held a commercial pilots license and had a love for flying his own plane.
After retirement Mr. Hire had moved from Memphis back to Hartsville, where he purchased a historic home on Highway 141 North from the Lewis Beasley family and had spent many hours in restoring it to its original architectural grandeur.
As a young man, he had attended the Carthage Church of Christ.
Surviving is his brother, Gordon Hire of Hartsville; stepsister, Anita Wilmore (Mark) Pirtle of Murfreesboro; stepbrother, Steve (Marilyn) Wilmore of the Riddleton Community; niece, Tera Hire of Hartsville; nephew, Joshua Hire of Lebanon; great-nieces & nephew, Tia Hire, Lane Hix, & Adalyn Hire.
The Hire family has requested memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.