Jonathan "Don" A. Hill Sr.

February 7, 1933September 25, 2020

Don, 87, passed away Friday, September 25th, 2020 at his home in the Stewart Health Center in Charlotte. He was able to be visited by his family and was attended by the devoted care of hospice and the Stewart Health Center Staff.

Born Feb. 7th, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jonathan Charles (JC) Hill and Willar Tate Hill. Following graduation from Statesville High School, Don furthered his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a degree in Pharmacy. His career as a pharmacist began in 1955 and ended in 2004 when he retired having served most of those years in pharmacy management. These positions involved local pharmacy management, district management, company president, and independent pharmacy ownership. Additionally, Don received a Masters of Divinity after attending Southeast Baptist Seminary and briefly served as senior pastor of Caroleen Baptist Church in Caroleen, NC.

Don was a lifelong member of Baptist churches where he served in many capacities including as pastor, deacon, various committees’ member, as well as singing in the church choir. His family fondly remembers his love of music and how he loved to sing with his wife, Bestelle.

Don truly loved his family and sought to provide for all their needs. He adored his wife, the former Elizabeth Estelle (“Bestelle”) Powell Hill whom he married June 21, 1958, until her death in 2004.

Don is survived by his three children, Jon Hill and wife Joyce of Charlotte, NC., Roy Hill and wife Alisa of Kannapolis, NC., and Eugene Hill of Charlotte, NC; five beloved grandchildren, Jon-Douglas Hill of Portland, OR., Lauren Burrell and husband Jonathan of Arden NC., Allison Capps and husband Jason of Arden, NC., Luke Hill and wife Madison of Oakwood, OH., and Katie Beth Hill of Kannapolis, NC; as well as one great grandson, Maddux Capps of Arden, NC. Don was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Hill.

A service, with limited seating due to COVID restrictions, to celebrate Don’s life will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, Sept. 29th, 2020 at Harry & Bryant’s "Chapel in the Oaks," 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:30am. Private interment will be held at Magnolia Cemetery in Latta, SC next to his beloved wife.

For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider the Wingate University School of Pharmacy or Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region (


  • Receiving of Friends

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service with Limited Seating due to Covid

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020



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Robert Supernaw

September 28, 2020

In my capacity as Dean of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, I was first introduced to Don in 2002. We had two occasions of long drives together from Wingate to Raleigh - drives in which we told our tales of our experiences as pharmacists in days gone by. I greatly enjoyed these moments alone with Don, serving as his driver. He was engaging, happy, and most entertaining as he spun his experiences into most interesting stories. I will greatly miss those moments, and I greatly appreciate all the support Don afforded me over the years.
Don, you will be missed!
- Bob Supernaw (Wingate NC)

Jack Muntz

September 27, 2020

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. So many times the late Pauline Doyle Muntz and I (Jack) spent with Bestelle and Don.
Blessings to all his family members during this time of loss.
Jack Muntz


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