Long-Time SAFE Board Member Passes Away

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Fred A. Hilley, a 30-year dedicated volunteer of SAFE Federal Credit Union, passed away recently at his home. He was 85 years old.

Born in May 1933 in Anderson, South Carolina, Fred served for 21 years in the United States Air Force during both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a Senior Master Sergeant, Management Engineering Superintendent, at Shaw Air Force Base. After his military career, Fred spent 12 years as an industrial engineer with the Square D Company before working 16 years with the South Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Fred was a founding member and president of SAFE’s Easy Street Club beginning in 1989. He attended his final Easy Street Club dinner event in November where he was recognized not only for his 30-year commitment to the organization but also his service as an Air Force veteran during a critical time in US history. Fred joined the Board of Directors in 1999, serving continuously until his death. During his tenure, SAFE Federal Credit Union grew to more than 120,000 members and $1 billion in assets.

During his 30 years of volunteer service at SAFE, Fred also served on the Supervisory Committee, and was Past chairman of SAFE building, funds management, budget, planning and travel committees.

In the Sumter community he served as a prior commander of the Dalzell-Shaw American Legion Post 175 and was President of the Sumter Chapter of the State Employees Association. Fred also served on boards of Shaw AFB Chapel, Sumter County Hospice and Cancer Society.

Fred is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hillma P. Hilley.