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Famed East Cobb Little League Coach Dies

Richard Hilton guided East Marietta to the 1983 Little League World Series championship.

Richard Hilton, the coach of the East Marietta National Little League team that won the 1983 Little League World Series title, has died.

A message on the organization's website said that Hilton passed away late Saturday morning but did not disclose a cause of death.

A visitation is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, 180 Church Street in Marietta.

The funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cobb Vineyard Church, 3206 Old Highway 41 in Kennesaw.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Hilton's honor are asked to be made to the church.

Dubbed "the John Wooden of Little League," Hilton coached at East Marietta, based at Sewell Park, for more than 40 years.

In 2011, Hilton was named East Marietta's coaching coordinator.

Dave Flower December 25, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Very sad to hear the news. A special friend and mentor during my time umpiring at EMMLL. Gave me a Little League Hall of Fame pin from his induction, have a great pic of Coach and I framed and proudly hanging in my "man cave". I will miss Richard. He always brightens my day and has a kind word to say, many times needing it more than he ever knew/knows. All little league players now have another Angel watching over them as they grow as players and young men. RIP Coach.
Levi Holcomb December 26, 2012 at 02:08 AM
You will be missed by many. RIP coach hilton
William Petrucci December 26, 2012 at 03:37 PM
This one digs down pretty deep both my son and I are better people because of Coach. Millions of stories always a class act Billy Petrucci
Eileen Swartz December 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
We will miss you . You had wonderful love of baseball and kids. Our family , the Swartz's, the Lavelle's and the Everharts are grateful to have had you in our lives . How appropriate your team was the Angels .....with Love .....Eileen Swartz
Rattana Inthirathvongsy December 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Me. Hilton was a constant figure in the community. He served as the crossing guard at Powers Ferry ES for a number of years. He will be greatly missed.
Rob Liedberg December 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I first met Coach Hilton when i moved here to Marietta in 1978. My younger brother played for Coach Hilton during that time (Gants Food Angels). He has been a part of our family since then and who would have thought that when I had children, I would coach with him, against him and sit along with him on the EMNLL Board of Directors. EMNLL will forever be one of my favorite places I have ever spent in my lifetime and Coach Hilton is the main reason why. So many kids and adults are better people for being around him and the community has truly lost a great citizen. I hope that the town with recognize this man in some way on a permanent basis so his legacy will last forever.
Billy Johnson December 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Coach Hilton touched more lives than anyone I've ever had the privilege to meet. My sons have been the recipient of his baseball knowledge, as well as, the example he set for the children, and parents, on dedication,commitment and the love for the game baseball. My heart and prayers go out to the Hilton family. Coach Hilton will be missed, his legacy will never be forgotten.--Billy Johnson
Rick James December 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Always saw coach at ballpark and helping kids cross the street at Powers Ferry Elementary school. He was much loved and Will be missed.

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