Evelyn Werth Hill

November 9, 1948May 5, 2011

The Honorable Evelyn Werth Hill, a retired NC Superior Court Judge, was born November 9, 1948 in Brunswick, Georgia, and passed away unexpectedly at the age of 62 at her home in Raleigh on May 5, 2011.

She graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in German, and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

She had a long and successful career as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County, and was known as an intelligent, caring, skillful and diligent prosecutor. During this period, she also was an Adjunct Professor in criminal law at North Carolina State University. In November, 2000 she was the first woman elected as a Wake County Superior Court Judge, and served in this role from January 2001 to January 2006.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh, and a former member of The North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina and Wake County Bar Associations. She was an avid dog lover and kept several dogs at her home.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Elizabeth Werth Hill and David William Hill.

She is survived by her daughter and best friend, Leewyn Elisabeth Kellam, and her husband Brian Hatch; her two sisters, Cyn St. Clair of Bellingham, WA, and Mary Shinn of El Paso, TX; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 3:00 pm in the Memorial Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 120 W. Hargett Street Raleigh. The family will receive friends immediately following the service

The family would like to thank Evelyn’s many friends, co-workers, and especially the neighbors who provided so much support to Leewyn following Evelyn’s death (including care of Evelyn’s beloved dogs).

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to WUNC-FM radio, 120 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh.



  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 14, 2011


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Hyla Nebel Weiskind

June 8, 2011

Dear Family & Friends of Evelyn,
I was actually a classmate of Evelyn's at Charles F. Brush High School. She really was a vibrant lovely girl, when I knew her. My warmest and deepest sympathies to Leewyn and her family and loved ones. No life is ever long enough. I hope that your memories of her will bring you comfort and peace. Feel my hugs and my prayers. With warmest regards, Hyla Nebel (Weiskind)

Doug Hatch

May 17, 2011

Leewyn, our families thoughts are with you and Brian. Your mother was an amazing woman and will be surely missed by many. I know you have blessed her as a loving daughter and you will continue to make her proud as she watches over you now in Heaven. You were lucky to have such a great woman to be your mom and role model. We will all miss her dearly.
Doug, Tammi, Madison, Megan & Cassidy Hatch

Rosa Dula

May 12, 2011

Evelyn mattered to me in so many ways. I am happy to have known her. She gave me the benefit of much of her wisdom as a mother and an attorney. She was especially proud to be a mother and counted that as one of her best jobs. I will miss her.

May 12, 2011

Leewyn, please know that your wonderful mother loved you best of all. She would be so proud of you! I'll think of you often and if I can help you, please let me know.
Victoria Bigelow

May 12, 2011

I will always remember Evelyn's skill as a prosecutor and her passion for justice for the victims of violent crimes.
Jack Barnwell

J.B. Lee

May 11, 2011

I spent three years in law school at Chapel Hill with Evelyn. She had great wit and charm, not to mention an estimable intellect. Early every morning she and Ken Wooten, her Moot Court partner, would appear in the basement of the law school to pull (Judge) Gary Locklear and me out of our overnight doldrums. There was never a dull moment during those years.

I never practiced in her Court, but I am certain it would have been a challenge. She seems to have held everyone to a high standard.

I will miss her.

J.B. Lee

Gentry Hogan

May 11, 2011

Please know I held your mother in very high regards. I knew her when I served on a jury under her direction. She was strong, clear, and interested only in fairness. I have always admired her and am so sorry for your loss.

Beth Costantino

May 10, 2011

Leewyn, I am sorry for your loss! You and your mom have always held a special place in my heart! Beth Clack Costantino

Anita Wilder

May 9, 2011

Ms. Leewyn, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I had the opportunity to work with her in her role as a District Attorney and found her to be most enjoyable to work with . Your mother was truly a wonderful person. May God keep you and your family during this time of mourning.

Elizabeth Parsons

May 9, 2011

Dear Leewyn, please accept my sympathy in the loss of your mother. It was my privilege and pleasure to work for her in the District Attorney's Office. Without her encouragement and support, I would not have gone to law school. I regret that I cannot be with you on Saturday. Sincerely, Elizabeth Parsons