Terry Hilburn was born July 23, 1971, in Dallas, Texas to parents Vernon Baxter and Queen Esther Hilburn. Terry received his education from DISD and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1989. He accepted Christ and was baptized by Pastor Victor Jackson of Building the Kingdom Community Church in Cedar Hill, Texas and joined The Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.
Early in life, Terry discovered his passion as an artist. He had a special interest in Chinese artwork which he would display his drawings on the walls of his bedroom as a teen. After winning an art contest in high school at Lincoln, his tiger drawing was used as the school’s logo. Terry would use his talent as a means of providing for his household and began cutting hair. With his special ability to transfer his artistic ideas into cutting hair, many would travel from all parts of the metroplex to get a “Terry design” cut into their hair. Terry went to cosmetology school and also began doing tattoos. Known in South Dallas, for being a barber, beautician, body piercer, nail technician, and tattoo artist; he was ultimately nicknamed “Jack of all Trades”. Terry had a love for planting greenery and nurturing his exotic fish. He also enjoyed visiting family and friends in his spare time.
Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Asia Thomas; sisters, Selinda Bennett (James Sr.) and Naomi Baxter-Franklin (Isaac) of Dallas, Texas; nephews, James Bennett Jr., and Joshua Bennett, both of Dallas, Texas; uncle, Roger Lee Payne, of Dallas, Texas, along with a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends. Preceded Terry in death, his mother, Queen Esther Hilburn; father, Vernon Baxter; grandmother, Inez Jones; aunts, Mary Louise McGee and Verdell Payne.
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