James (Jim) Henry Hill, of Flat Rock, went peacefully in his sleep to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at his residence.
A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was the son of the late James Newil and Eula Mae Hill. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mary Jane McCraw Hill.
A graduate of Flat Rock School, he retired from DuPont and Agfa. He was a devoted caregiver to his wife and was a wonderful grandfather. He loved farming, attended Maranatha Baptist Church, and was a lifetime member of Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue. Big Daddy loved life and his greatest joy was making others laugh. His generous nature kept all who knew him in fresh vegetables. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving children; two sons, Dennis Hill and wife, Tracie, and Darin Hill and his wife, Rhonda; two daughters, Nancy Thornburg and her husband, Ron, and Glenda Nix and her husband, Tony; three brothers, Charles Hill, Gerald Hill, and Frank Hill; four sisters, Jean Jackson, Sibyl Staton, Sharon Amos, and Faye King; his grandchildren, Cassie Casto and her husband, Ryan, Cody Dalton, Mike Thornburg, Lauren Ownbey and her husband, Jared, Jacob Nix, Adam Nix, Skyler Hill, Tanner Hill, Kurt Hill and his wife, Megan, and Justin Hill; his great-grandchildren, Lance Hill, Joanna Ownbey, and Sawyer Casto.
The extended family members of both James and his wife are too numerous to list but were all a part of his heart and life. He loved family and was blessed with lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and his special friends from his DuPont family.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maranatha Baptist Church. The Rev. D. Lewis Staton, his brother-in-law and lifelong friend, will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 today at Maranatha Baptist Church, and at other times will be at the home of Tony and Glenda Nix.