William Joseph (Bill) Hill passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 4th, 2016 after a 6-year battle with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Bill was born the son of a share cropper in Hollis, Arkansas on September 10th, 1927. Bill grew up working in the cotton fields and quickly learned the value of hard work. His family moved to Richmond, CA in 1942. Too young to serve, he assisted America in WWII in the shipyards. In 1944, Bill met Dorothy Hall and they eloped to Reno on October 31, 1944. They settled in the Bay area where they had two sons, Ron and David. In 1953 Bill and Dorothy moved to Bakersfield, and later daughter Denise was born. Bill worked with Lucky Stores, Best Foods, Carnation, and finally JACO Oil Company from 1971 until his retirement in 1994. His retirement was filled with weekly lunches with friends, weekly golf rounds, and travel with church groups and his beloved wife, and being the best Grandpa attending every sporting and school event for his young grandkids.
Bill and Dorothy were members of Stine Road Baptist Church and finally Valley Baptist Church, where Bill attended weekly health permitting. He loved God, his country, his sweetheart Dorothy, his family, his church, golf, and politics.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents Willie and Vera and Brother-in-law Travis. Bill is survived by his wife of 71 years Dorothy, brother Ken Hill and wife Joan, Sister-in -law Peggy, Children Ron (Charlotte), David, and Denise Wigley Keiffer (Ken), Grandchildren Craig Hill (Jennifer) Annette Hill, Ben Hill (Jamie) Adam Hill, Allison Hill, Ryan Wigley, Kyle Wigley (Shelly), and Kaylea Hayslett (Garrett), 8 great-grandchildren, Treavor, Joshua, Tyler, Nathan, Lexi, Tyson, Ben Jr. and Houston, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held on Saturday July 9th, at 10:00 AM at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bakersfield, CA, in the Chapel Mausoleum. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please send donation to Hoffman Hospice.
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