Reverend David Hill, Sr., known to many as “the little bare foot boy from Walker County,” a loving father, grandfather, pastor, and friend became precious in the sight of the Lord on November 17, 2012, at 5:20 a.m. He passed away peacefully from this life. An awesome man of God swapped lives and changed worlds.
Pastor David Hill, Sr., was born in Walker County, Texas, on May 28, 1922, to Horace and Martha McBride Hill. He attended the Adam Grove School System of New Waverly and matriculated to Conroe High School and Conroe College in Conroe, Texas. He attended the Historical Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, receiving a BA degree in education and a master’s degree in religion. He believed that a “fixed head” and a “fixed heart” was the best combination.
Reverend David was a World War II veteran, serving in the South Pacific and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He loved going out to the cemetery on Memorial Day to place flags on the graves of veterans.
He married Emma Bryant Hill on July 3, 1949; to this union were born one daughter and seven sons. He moved to Amarillo with his wife and five little ones on the First Saturday in October 1957 to pastor the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, serving 50 years, officially retiring August 2007.
He was an elder statesman. Not only serving his community, but all of Amarillo, the state and the nation. If there was board to serve on, he served on it.
The family invites you to attend a public viewing on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, 1305 Northwest Ninth Street.
Wake service, Friday, November 23, at the Johnson Funeral Home, 612 Avenue East, Conroe, Texas 77301 — 936-756-2311.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 24, at noon in the Jasper Missionary Baptist Church, FM 2693 and Hawthorne Rd., New Waverly, Texas, with the Reverend J.H. Ford, pastor of The Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be at Jasper Memorial Gardens, New Waverly.
Memorial services will be on December 1, 2012, at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Amarillo at noon.
Reverend Hill was preceded in death by his parents; eleven siblings; a son, Charles Earl; and one grandson.
To cherish his memory: his wife, Emma, of the home; one daughter, Gwendolyn D. Hill-Frost and husband Glen; six sons, David Hill Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, Donnell Hill of Amarillo, Texas, Travis Wayne Hill of Amarillo, Kerry Douglas Hill and wife Teresa of Houston, Texas, Keith Adam Hill of Albuquerque, N.M., and Patrick Andrew Hill and wife Tyonda of Haltom City, Texas; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four daughters-in-law; one brother-in-law, Adam Bryant II of Houston; six sisters-in-law, Leola Baker, Emily Bryant, Lois Carter, William Mae Williams, Ida Hill and Pearlie Hill, all of Houston; and a host of family and friends.
Services are under the direction of Warford-Walker Mortuary, Inc., 509 N. Hughes St.
Amarillo Globe-News, Nov. 20, 2012
Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. David Hill, Sr., Amarillo, Texas