TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Friday evening, Dr. Bill Hilbun was named as the Junior Auxiliary's Outstanding Citizen of the year.
Due to the pandemic, this year's Charity Ball was a virtual event. Members of JA surprised Dr. Hilbun at his home prior to the event.
Dr. Hilbun, 85-years-old, has dedicated his life to serving those around him.
Born in Centreville, Mississippi, Dr. Hilbun has grew up in Gloster, Mississippi.
He attended the University of Mississippi Medical School, with an Internship and Pediatric Residency at the UMMC.
He's served as a Pediatrician in Columbus, Amory, in Nigeria with the Baptist International Mission Board, Meridian, and in Tupelo.
Dr. Hilbun is a current member and deacon at 1st Presbyterian Church.
He's spent much of his time volunteering both locally and internationally.
Some of Dr. Hilbun's volunteer activities including serving at the Tree of Life Free Clinic, CASA, CATCH Kids, and Helping Hands Food Pantry, just to name a few.
He's also served internationally in Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru.
Dr. Hilbun and his wife, Lucy, have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Gwen Cordell, President of JA, said "in a year highlighted by the courage and compassion of our medical community, I cannot imagine a more qualified recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Citizen Award."