Raymond Monroe Hill

July 21, 1925August 26, 2013
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Raymond Monroe Hill was born on the 21st of July 1925 and passed away on Monday, the 26th of August 2013. He was the son of George Alfred Hill, Jr. and Mary Van den Berge Hill. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth Jerauld Hill Goodpasture, and his son, Raymond Monroe Hill, Jr.

Raymond is survived by the love of his life,his wife of 62 years, Jerauld (Jerry) May Lollar Hill, two children, Verlinde Vandenberge Doubleday and Benjamin Harvey Hill, and thirteen grandchildren: Frank, Wilton, Ridley, Jerry and Mary McLean Goodpasture; Rebekah, Raymond, and John Hill; Turin Hill Dickman and Mahalie Hill; George, Julia, and Walker Doubleday. Also great grandson Rhett Marshal Hill.

Hill was born in Houston and was proud to be a fourth generation Texan and a Son of the Republic of Texas. His great grandfather, James Monroe Hill, fought in the battle at San Jacinto and his father, George A. Hill, Jr. was instrumental in the founding of the San Jacinto Museum of History.

Hill attended River Oaks Elementary, The Kinkaid School, and The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He attended Texas A&M University and Rice University before joining the Navy to serve his country during World War II from 1943 to 1946. Hill served in the Pacific theater as Quartermaster of a landing craft in assault on Iwo Jima. After the war, Hill continued his education at the University of Houston and, following in the footsteps of his father and maternal grandfather, he pursued a law degree and received his L.L.B. in 1951.

A formidable corporate attorney, Hill spent most of his working life practicing law from his own firm, Raymond M. Hill and Associates. In 1960's Hill began his involvement with the savings and loan industry which he continued with until the 1980's. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Mainland Savings and Loan.

Hill was a visionary leader in the community and was instrumental in creating the Child Care Council of Greater Houston in 1969, served as the first Chairman, and prepared the charter and the by-laws for the organization. He also organized the Harris Child Welfare Unit (Children's Protective Services) and was able to lead and assist in the creation of the first AFDC foster care programs of their kind and scope. Among other noteworthy organizations that he was instrumental in creating was the Community Welfare Planning Association, and The Post Oak Family YMCA Center. He served on the Boards of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, St. James House Retirement Center, Glenwood Cemetery Association, and Houston's United Fund. He was a devout Christian and was a member of the Church of St. John the Divine where he served on the vestry and led bible study classes. His former club memberships included The Bayou Club and The Tejas Club of Houston.

Hill was an avid gardener and an outdoor enthusiast who took many trips in his youth to the Chisos Mountains of west Texas with his brother, George and he braved the uncharted waters of the Concho River of Mexico with his friends John Graves and Rodman Saville. Hill was passionate about his family ranch near Victoria, Texas and spent much time there with his children and grandchildren all of whom he loved dearly.

A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday the 30th of August, at the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Rev. Laurens Allen Hall, D.D., Rector, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Sumners Hall.

Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Mr. Hill's name be directed to the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX, 77019; the San Jacinto Museum of History, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas 77571; or to the charity of one's choice .


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 30, 2013

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Ted & Lili Baehr

September 7, 2013

These messages tell of how loved Raymond was and is. He was a wonderful friend and evangelist, gifted by God. These messages are a delight to read.

Carol Anderson

September 6, 2013

Jerry, Caroline Furlong is visiting with us here in North Carolina and that is where I heard the news of Raymond's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Raymond was such a cheerleader for the 11 o'clock contemporary service and my work in theatre arts during those years I was on staff at SJD. I loved his enthusiasm and was always so touched by his clear love and devotion to you. You were indeed the love of his life. I pray for your health and healing. Much love to you, Carol

September 5, 2013

Dearest Mrs. Hill, Verlinde and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Raymond Hill. I know that he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Please accept condolences on behalf of the entire Galbraith family who has many fond memories of the Hill family.
Much love and prayers,

Carolie & Jerry Allgood

August 31, 2013

Dear Hill Family,

We are sad to miss seeing all of you and remembering with you how special it has been to have Raymond with us. He lived and loved fearlessly...

Please know how much we miss not being there with you. Sending our love across the ocean to each of you (vacationing in Lafokastro Greece until Sep 13).

Laura Masquelette

August 30, 2013

Verlinde, Ben and Jerry, I am so sorry that I did not hear about Raymond's passage to heaven in time to attend the service at St.John the Divine. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Janice Thomas

August 30, 2013

I will keep the Mrs. Hill and the family in my prayers. Mr. Hill you are truly missed in my heart and thoughts. I value and appreciate the legal knowledge and understanding I have gained by working with you for over ten (10)years.

George and Leslie Mims

August 30, 2013

Jerry, Leslie and I have such fond memories of our friendship with you and Ray since the early 70's! You've blessed us with hospitality on numerous occasions. Ray's love of the Mariachi Band and his bringing them to several events (one involving the Standing Commission on Church Music of the Episcopal Church) has been deeply appreciated. Ray loved worship through music!!! Now he experiences the choirs of angels and Lazarus, once a poor beggar, welcoming him into Jerusalem, The Holy City, City of Peace, where his finite mind has put on the infinite mind of Jesus Christ. He is in the presence of the Light of lights and King of kings eternally. We pray for peace, hope and comfort in your heart Jerry for the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers and have our love.

Lean & Bill Carroll

August 29, 2013

Dearest Hill family and my precious Goodpasture nieces and nephews,
Bill and I are deeply saddened by the news of Raymond's death. Our prayers, love and sympathy are with you. Much love,
Lean and Bill Carroll

August 29, 2013

Dear Jerry, so sorry. "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."(John 14:18). Troy Whitehurst

Stephen Grace

August 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry and the family.