Rev. Lathan Leonard Hill, Jr., 50, of Nederland, passed away on January 3, 2014, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. He was born on August 3, 1963 in Frankfurt/Main, Hesse, Germany to Lathan Leonard Hill, Sr., and Dorothy Jean Coats Hill. After completing military service, Rev. Hill achieved his Masters of Divinity degree at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006. He served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Welsh, La., for five years. Lt. Colonel Hill (retired) was a member of the U. S. Air Force, having served 12 years active duty and 10 years active reserves. Rev. Hill was currently serving as pastor at Triangle Baptist Church in Nederland. Funeral services will be held at Triangle Baptist Church, 3605 North Hwy 69, Nederland, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Barry Wilsford officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Huffines Cemetery in Bivins, Texas. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Melancon's Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014. Rev. Hill is survived by his wife of 28 years, Vicky Beth Hill, of Nederland; three children; Rachael Elizabeth Hill, Jacob Silas Hill and Hannah Marie Hill all of Nederland; mother, Dorothy Jean Hill of Atlanta, Texas; two sisters, Phyllis Wilson of Bossier City, Louisiana; and Vicki Meng of Fremont, Nebraska. He is preceded in death by his father. Details and registry available at Melancons.org.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 6, 2014