James Lee Hill
June 15, 1935 – March 1, 2019
James Lee Hill, age 83, was born June 15, 1935 in Hermansville, Mississppi. James (AKA Jim) attended Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Park College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. On July 3, 1959 he married the former Leola Loretta Wade in Hernando, Mississippi. They were childhood sweethearts. He served 31 years in the military of which 14 were enlisted before becoming a Warrant Officer. He was rotary and fixed wing qualified and attained the highest rank at the time of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He served at numerous duty stations around the world including serving in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Man Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge and National Defense Medal. Jim retired from the U.S. Army on October 31, 1980. After retirement Jim worked as a contractor training Navy pilots in Beeville, Texas. He then worked in civil service as an accident investigator at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, Director of Safety in Seoul, Korea, and Safety Manager Fort Bliss, Texas. He attained a grade of GS-14, then retired with over 30 years. He proudly served over 60 years of government service. Jim was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi, joining in Spring 1993. He was awarded Man of the year at Seoul Alumni Chapter in Seoul, Korea for 1997-1998. He was also a member of the Buffalo Soldier Donnie Brown Chapter as well as a member of the Community Baptist Church men’s choir, the Brotherhood and a member of the Trustee Board at Community Baptist Church. He proudly served as a member of the Praise Team at Oasis Baptist Church. Jim's first love was racquetball which he played until he was 80 years old. He liked golf but he thought he was not very good, but he played a mean game of tennis. Jim is survived by his wife Leola Loretta Hill, son James Ike Hill (Francine Celeste) of Las Cruces, New Mexico, two grandsons, James Elic Hill (Jennifer Lynn) of El Paso Texas, Jason James Jones (Jennifer Annette) of Cibolo, Texas. Seven Great-Grandchildren, Austyn James Hill, Cameron Joseph Hill, Madison Jayden Hill, Phoenix Marie Raquel Jones, Bryson Lee James Jones, Ethan Arthur Jones and Carter Elijah Jones. Brother Wilbert Coleman (Henrietta deceased) from Memphis, Tennessee. Brother-in-law Charlie James Wade (Wanitha) from Memphis, Tennessee, sister-in-law Jacqueline Denise Thomas and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson Justen Lee Hill, his stepfather Robert Whitney and his mother Amelia Whitney, and sister Gloria Mae Bolden.
- Leola L. Hill, Wife
- James I. Hill, Son
- Wilbert Coleman, Brother
- Mr. Hill also leaves 2 grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren to cherish his memory.
- Wake Thursday, March 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, March 8, 2019
James Lee Hill
March 8, 2019
March 7, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Jim’s transition. He was truly a remarkable man and I am blessed to have had a relationship with him. Not only was he my friend, but a role model and mentor. He was never shy about giving me counsel, which I appreciated greatly. A life well lived, a good and faithful servant!!!
March 6, 2019
I first met Jim Hill in August 1987 when we were both assigned to work in the Republic of Korea. We instantly became friends as well as professional allies. I’ve learned over the years of my lifetime that you don’t get many “real” friends and you cherish the one you do get. Jim Hill‘s friendship is one that I will cherish as long as God allows me to live. There is so much more I would like to say about this great man, his absolute professionalism, and what he has done for so many, but there’s just not enough time or space. But if you knew him you know of which I speak. I pray God‘s continued grace and mercy on Leola, James, Wilbert and the remainder of Jim’s family. REST IN PEACE MY DEAR FRIEND!!!
March 5, 2019
Jim was a hard working man! He was totally dedicated to his job and expected it from others; always concerned about safety issues in every aspect of the word. Jim would always light up when he spoke of taking his wife and grandchildren loading up the RV and hitting the road and just enjoy time with his family. I'm sure he is remembered by many and will forever be missed. RIP!
March 4, 2019
I am saddened to hear of the death of my dear friend Jim. He was not only a good friend, I often sought his counsel while I was Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division Commanding General. Jim was an absolute professional and a dedicated family man and Christian. He will be missed!!!