Kerriann Hillgrove, 37, passed away October 10, 2014 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst NC.


A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p..m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines.

Kerriann was a Graduate of Pinecrest High School and attended Appalachian State. She was a Belle of Southern Pines and loved the shops, people, and the ambiance. Many will remember her for her days of working at the Sunrise Theater Opera and movies. She was employed at Howell' Masonry and The Wine Cellar.

Kerriann loved the out of doors, hiking , skiing and recently returned from Jackson Hole Wyoming. She was a passionate follower of NASCAR, Bluegrass music, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Pirates. She would travel to all the venues to support her passion, but her greatest love was her son Conner who is the apple of her eye.

She is survived by her son Conner Blue Hillgrove of Southern Pines, parents Lee and Karen Hillgrove of Pinehurst. Three sisters Diane Hillgrove (Eric Wood )of Asheville NC, Allyson McKinlay ( Gordon) of Aberdeen NC, Meredith McMillen (Jerome) of Raleigh NC. Her maternal grandfather Ronald S. Mahla from Upper St. Clair Pa. and one nephew Gavin McKinlay of Aberdeen.

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is assisting the family.

Online condolences at

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  1. Mr & Mrs Hillgrove;

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your eldest daughter, Kerriann.

    I met her briefly some two-and-a-half years ago when I turned down a position in Southern Pines. I also have a close friend from my hometo

  2. Kerriann was and is such a sweet strong spirit. She faced life with hope, beauty, grace, and determination. The first time we met was when Conner and Emma were in preschool. She was the happiest, easiest going mom there. Needless to say Conner was one of

  3. Harry, Karen, Diane, Ally, Meredith and Conner:

    I was so sad to learn of Kerriann’s passing. It was obvious to me – thanks to Facebook – that she was a loving and fantastic mother, sister, aunt and friend who lived life to the fullest.

  4. Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, and Depeche Mode combined with late night car rides past the local McDonald hang out a million times! Laughs until our stomachs hurt, movies like Dr. Zhivago (sp.) that would land me sound asleep minutes in at the Hillgrove ho

  5. To the Family of Kerriann

    Deirdre, Hannah and I are so very sorry for your loss. She will be remembered fondly by our family and Conner will always be welcome at our home.

    The Florences

  6. I am so glad that I had the chance to work with Kerriann at the Wine Cellar and understand her courage! She will be surely missed by all that knew her!!

  7. Just got word about Kerriann—so sorry to hear about her leaving us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Harry and Karen,

    We’re so sad to hear this news. Your family has lost a wonderful daughter, Mother, sister and aunt. Please know that you all will be in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time, and also in the months and years to c

  9. Dear Karen and family,

    We were so saddened to hear about the passing away of Kerriann. Sue spoke of her bravery so often, she must have been a remarkable woman. Sincerely, Gail and Don Ross (Pittsburgh)

  10. Connor,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet, caring woman and such an amazing mom to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!


    Mrs. Roach

  11. To the Hillgrove family,

    I didn’t know Kerriann except through you talking about her…I’m so sorry for your loss. If there is anything you need in the neighborhood…please let me know.

  12. We are sorry to hear of Kerriann’s passing. We’ve been honored and blessed to have known her. She was a strong, brave woman who stood in the face of her illness with a smile and a laugh. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  13. Dear Harry, Karen , connor and family,, so sorry for the lost of Kerriann, she was a special, wonderful, sweet person,,and a beautiful angel,, and well miss seeing her come by first bank,, may you feel comfort and much love, thru this hard time,, as she i

  14. Please accept my condolences in your loss. Sickness and death is a traumatic thing for any family to go through.We can find much comfort and hope in God’s Word. One of my favorite scriptures is Revelation 21:3,4 as well as 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. My heart go

  15. Harry and Karen,

    We are sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dear Family of Kerriann,

    We are so saddened by Kerriann’s death. She was so kind, sweet and wonderful. We are honored that we knew her and are friends with many of her friends who were closer to her than we were. We are thinking of you all daily and

  17. Harry and all of the Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    Bill & Karan Twyman

    Pinehurst, NC

  18. Hillgrove Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child at any age is a pain that I could never imagine. Please know that God is in control and that you will see your daughter Kerriann again one day. Praying for the family that the the h

  19. Ally,

    We are so heartbroken to learn of your sister’s passing. We know how much you loved and cared for her. No words can express your deep hurt but know that we are thinking of you.

    Our love and condolences to you and your family.


  20. Conner and Hillgrove Family

    I am very sorry for your loss of Kerriann. I feel fortunate and grateful to have been a friend and she made me feel at home during my time in Southern Pines. I will always hold dear my memories of getting to spend

  21. To Keriann’s family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences, I was deeply saddened to hear of Keriann’s passing. Until recently I was a 20+ year resident of Southern Pines, and it was during my time there that I interacted with her as a custome

  22. Dearest Karen,

    I just learned about the loss of your daughter, Kerriann today. My son Danny told me that he spoke with you and Harry recently. While I did not know Kerriann personally, I do recall how devastated everyone was when her illness was fir

  23. Hillgrove Family,

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your precious Kerriann, daughter, sister, and very caring mother. We always will remember her, her smile, her grace, her beauty and kindness, she was nice to everyone, she will be missed.

  24. Hillgrove Family

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your precious Kerriann, a daughter, sister and a very caring mom. We always remember her, her smile, her grace, her beauty and kindness, she was nice to everyone, she will be missed.

  25. I am so sorry to have read of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. The Bible is a great source of encouragement at times like this. Something that I have personally found to be of great comfort is what the Bible says at John 5:28, 29 ( Do not

  26. Dear Karen and Harry,

    We were so saddened to learn of Kerriann’s death. We remember her from Ali and Gordon’s wedding. We know the pain and heartache that you are going through. We pray for peace and comfort to enter your lives.

    Judy and Dick

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