Mr. Arnold Thomas Hill SR

July 11, 1935March 5, 2019

ARNOLD THOMAS HILL SR, 83, of Houston, AR went to be with Jesus Tuesday, March 5, 2019. He was born on July 11, 1935 in Houston, AR to Earnest Hill and Odar Lawson Hill. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Alvin, Leonard, Frankie, and Joe; sisters Inez Kyzer, Iva Mae Edmondson, Ruby Woolf, and Ruth Steele. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Barbara Lively Hill; sons Arnold (Andy) Thomas Hill Jr (Donna) and Louis Edward (Ed) Hill (Beth); sister Mary Ellen Lamb; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, a loving church family, and a host of lifelong friends. Arnold served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Senior Specialist with IBM after 32 years of service. He was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, where he was a member of the Senior Men’s Adult Sunday School Class, and lovingly gave his time and talent to build numerous Vacation Bible School stage props. After living in Little Rock for 60 years, he and Barbara recently moved home to Houston, AR full-time and began attending Perryville First Baptist Church, enjoying participating in their first co-ed Sunday School class. He enjoyed engaging others in conversation and story-telling was a special talent. He and his sons enjoyed refurbishing vintage windmills together; their home is now known as the “windmill farm”. He was instrumental in founding the Arch Street Volunteer Fire Department and served many years in various capacities. He volunteered on the May Cemetery Board. He also enjoyed his role as Scout Master for BSA Troop 501. He was loyal and devoted to his family and loved life. He did not dread death. We will all miss his ready smile and optimistic outlook. One of his favorite sayings, regardless of the day, was “This is the best day of my life!” Visitation will be Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home. Service to be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 11, at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock. Graveside service will follow immediately at May Cemetery in Houston, AR. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the May Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 221, Houston, AR 72070.


  • Phillip Steele, Active Pallbearer
  • Darryl Steele, Active Pallbearer
  • Jack Lamb, Active Pallbearer
  • David Hill, Active Pallbearer
  • Richard Taylor, Active Pallbearer
  • David Rhoads, Active Pallbearer
  • GSFBC Senior Men's Adult Sunday School Class, Honorary Pallbearers

  • May Cemetery Fund


  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Burial Monday, March 11, 2019

Mr. Arnold Thomas Hill SR

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Linda Strickland

March 11, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to Aunt Barbara, cousins Andy and Eddie. Sorry I am so far away and not able to attend, but my heart is with you all at this time.

Leon Vaught, Jr.

March 8, 2019

Barbara, Andy, and Eddy, I'm so sorry to hear this news. I know you'll all miss him terribly. I have fond memories of Arnold as a kid and he was always so kind, interested and interesting.

I looked at your farm on Google one day and discovered Arnold's mowing skills. Who's going to take care of the windmills? Who's going to mow happy-face crop circles in the field? Who'll send messages to the pilots from Jacksonville? So amusing. It still brings a smile to my face when I think about it. He must have taken great pleasure and pride in all that . . . and all of you.

Many will miss him. Take care.

Jo Glenn

March 7, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. Jo Glenn & family