OBITUARY

Terence A. Hill

May 24, 1964July 3, 2019
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Terence A. Hill (more affectionately known as Terry or T-Bird) was born May 24, 1964 in Dickinson, North Dakota and was called home by the Lord on July 3, 2019 while in Las Vegas, NV.. He was preceded in death by his father Vincent R. Hill; survived by his mother, Gloria Y. (Ray, Hill) Binford; his two children with Earlena Giddings, Tyler Ashton and Jessica Ashley; his sisters, Janalee Y. (Hill) Richards (Michael-Big Mike), Ronda W. Hill, and Valecia Hill; his brother, DeMoris (DeMo) J. Binford; his niece Krystian (Sissy) L. (James) Corona (Santos); nephew, Ramon-Jai V. Hill-James; great-nieces, Khloie Mae Corona, Layla A. Hill-James, and Hayley E. Hill-James; and great-nephew, Gage V. Hill-James. His extended family includes: his Godmother and Aunt, Jewell J. Perkins, and two Uncles, Michael W. Hill and Steven L. Hill, as well as a host of first cousins, second cousins, additional family members and tons of friends.

When Vince went to serve in the Vietnam Conflict, Gloria returned home to East Moline, IL, to be with family. Terry attended McKinley Elementary School, Glenview Junior High School, and graduated from United Township High School in 1982. Terry excelled as an Outstanding Athlete where he earned his letters in Track and Field (Indoor 60-yard Dash, Outdoor 100-yard Dash, 200- yard Dash, 4x100 Relay, and High Jump) – per his classmates, Terry earned the nickname the T-Bird/Birdman for the way he flew down the track, and Football (Defensive Linebacker and Special Teams). He studied mechanical drafting and fell in love with the 1964 Thunderbird.

Terry decided not to pursue a partial scholarship to the University of Notre Dame and traveled to Las Vegas on a dare with Wayland S. Jenkins. Wayland and Terry rode the Greyhound bus with a big brown bag of fried chicken and other assorted goodies for the road trip. He stayed with our sister Janalee for a while and became interested in telecommunications. He attended Apollo Tech Las Vegas where he learned all aspects of telephony. He became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 396 as a Phone Technician. His employment career included Centel Business Systems, Southwest Communications, and Black Box, to name a few. He found his forever job with University Nevada Las Vegas in July 2013. He was absolutely in love with his new position. He used to say that one of his highlights each day was a walk to the 7-11 on Swenson for snack break and keeping candy on his desk for his fellow “women” co-workers. He said that he would share with Mr. Jeff, but just a little.

Although Terry and Earlena divorced, they remained the very best of friends. Earlena’s parents, Melba and Earl, could always count on Terry to assist with any project or issue they may have had. Terry was baptized and remained a member of the A.M.E. Church. Although he may not have attended church every week, he believed 100% in our heavenly father. He assisted with the Cub Scouts through the church when Tyler was young and assisted with issues that arose at the church when called upon. He loved comic books and was an avid collector from a young age. With new technology he became intrigued with the artwork in many collections. His tablet was full to overflowing with his reading material. He played the Bass Guitar during his teenage years, but was a lover of many genres of music and artists including Jazz, Country (hello Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks and Clint Black), Reggae (Bob Marley, of course), and a little Rap (Tupac for sure). His favorite pastime was watching westerns and movies, especially Rifleman, Walker Texas Ranger and any scary horror flick. Chuck Norris was his guy. He was in his element when he met Clarence Gilyard, who is a professor at U.N.L.V. Terry said he just couldn’t bring himself to ask how it was to work with Chuck. He loved Nia Jax and the WWE – Khloie, Snap!

Terry loved his family with such a big heart. All who knew him or ever encountered him will sorely miss him. Rest in peace Mon Frère (my brother)!

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Stella Soliz

July 19, 2019

I went to high school with Terry. He was the popular guy, and I was a VERY scrawny, nerdy girl with big hair and even bigger braces. We were in swimming class together, and Terry and I just took to each other. We became fast friends, and I just loved him because he didn’t treat me like the other popular athletes did. We used to run to each other in the water and hug, and everyone would laugh. We looked like one of those corny slow-motion romantic flicks. It’s a memory I will carry with me always, and I still love him for it. As I read all the other comments from his coworkers at UNLV, I see he hadn’t changed a bit. Still warm, friendly, caring, and funny. His presence will be missed. I know I’ll miss the knowledge he’s on this earth, and I am broken hearted. I literally burst into tears when I saw his obituary on Facebook. He’s gone way too soon. Terry, my friend, I know you soar with the angels - and I hope that I can see you on the other side - we can slow-mo run to each other and give each other a great big hug for old time’s sake. I’ll be lookin’ for ya.

Gail Pitts

July 9, 2019

To the Family of our Dearest Terry:

God takes the best ones early for His Kingdom. Proverbs teaches us "trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." The pain will never go away; it becomes more manageable, over time.

I know Terry from UNLV. Regardless of the type of day I was having, when I saw Terry, he always made me laugh. I would say, "how you doing Terry," he would respond, "I'm doing fine Ms. Gail, now that I see you."

We miss you my friend....

Katherine Keller

July 9, 2019

I will forever have the memory of Terry's smile and the greetings he would call out to various people as I saw him out and about on campus. He exemplified a service ideal, and always made time to answer questions about the phones. His love for his work and his good heartedness glowed in the dark.

May his memory bless all who ever knew and loved him and may it bring them smiles on life's cloudy days. May his good works on Earth endure.

Shavonne Gramkow

July 9, 2019

When I first became employed at UNLV in 2017 Terry was one of the first people outside my department I met. He always had a smile on his face and jokes aplenty, and ready to lend me a hand when needed. He was someone I could always talk to about whenever and if I had a bad day it instantly vanished after seeing and talking to Terry. He will be deeply missed by me and I will think fondly of him.

Cassandra Davidson-Bryant

July 9, 2019

I met Terry at UNLV, he always had a smile on his face. I will miss you, my friend. May you SIP.

Olga Catania

July 8, 2019

My sincerest sympathies to Terry’s children, family and friends. Terry was such a wonderful co worker and friend. He always had a smile and a kind word. UNLV has truly lost a exemplary member of our family.

Adriana Burnett

July 8, 2019

I first met Terry on campus ... just a friendly exchange between a couple of gals walking in one direction while he was on his cart going in the opposite direction. My friend joked with him that she was going to write him a ticket for speeding and we had a laugh and a nice conversation. After that, every time I saw him, he took the time to talk and offer me a ride on his golf cart if I was walking from one side of campus to another (a welcome invitation just about any time of year in Las Vegas). Terry was always such a pleasure to run into at UNLV. Whether it was an actual service call or bumping into him at a function on campus, he was always friendly, funny, helpful, and witty. He will be missed! My love and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. You'll be in my thoughts... <3

Markita Dawson

July 8, 2019

Hi,

I only knew Terry in passing when he came to set up the new phone system at the library. He was a nice and upbeat guy. He made me feel like getting a new system was the greatest thing in the world. We would see each other and he would always acknowledge me with a smile, even though we barely knew each other. May he Rest in Peace.

Terry Culp

July 8, 2019

Terry was a great guy to work with at UNLV ... always enjoyed his sense of humor and upbeat attitude.

Michael Richards

July 8, 2019

The Last Time I seen my Brother was on Memorial Day at Mom House. That was our routine family gathering. But his last word's to me on that night" WAS THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF JANALEE" I THEN SAID THANKS BROSKIE.

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