“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
Thomas J. “Tommy” Hill, 88, of Gray, passed into eternal rest Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Hill was a native of Buladean, North Carolina. He was a son of the late Carter L. and Martha Troutman Hill.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hill was preceded in death by two sisters, a brother, a niece and a nephew.
Until health prevented his participation, he was an active member of the Gray United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Hill received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from East Tennessee State College, taught in Kingsport City schools for fourteen years, and finished his career in an administrative position in the superintendant’s office.
He owned and operated several business in Gray. For recreation, he very much enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of sixty two years, Mildred Cox Hill; two daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and John “Joe” Hilbert, Nancy and Ricky Hall; three grandchildren, Angela Hilbert, Natalie Simmons (Josh), and Phillip Hall (Kellie); two great grandsons, Jackson and Cameron Simmons; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Hill will be conducted at 7:30 PM Friday, March 2, 2012, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services with Dr. Gene Lasley officiating.
The family will greet friends in the funeral home chapel Friday from 5:30 PM until the service hour.
A Committal and Entombment service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday in the Mausoleum Chapel at Washington County Memory Gardens. Active Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 10:30 AM to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the building fund of Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak St., Gray, TN 37615; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 207 N. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.TetrickFuneralHome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177.
Arrangements for the Hill family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171