James W. HillBLUEFIELD, W.Va. - James W. "Jimmy" Hill, of Union Street, Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in a Beckley hospital. Born Jan. 10, 1918, in Bluefield, W.Va., he was a son of the late James Martin Hill and Bessie Bowles Hill. Jimmy was a native of Bluefield and was a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he served on the Council of Ministries, the Education Committee and the Pastor Parish Committee. He worked as a merchandise manager for Bluefield Supply Company for 44 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he had the distinction of being among the first troops to land on Japan near the Nagasaki area after the city was destroyed with the atomic bomb. He was discharged in 1946 as Master Sergeant. Jimmy believed in being involved in his community. He was awarded the Riley-Vest Post No. 9 Distinguished Citizenship Award. He contributed more than 19,300 hours volunteering for 26 years at Bluefield Regional Medical Center and had a particular interest in the Lifeline Program, thus earning him the nickname "Mr. Lifeline," installing 260 lifelines. Jimmy was a charter member of the Bluefield Civitan Club and served as president twice, and also served with the United Way. He helped with the Bluefield Community Christmas Tree for 47 years, and also volunteered with the Salvation Army for 67 years. He was a volunteer with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by that institution in 1985. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Hyacinth Hill; daughter, Debra Douthat; brother, Roy E. Hill; and sister, Virginia H. Jones. Survivors include two daughters, Deedy Smith and her husband, Terry of Rock Hill, S.C., and Ginny Hill of Bluefield; son-in-law, David Douthat of Madison, Ala.; four grandchildren, Lori Stafford, Lisa Bradley, Ashby Gochenhour and Reid Douthat; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Stafford, Colin Stafford, Benjamin Stafford, Celia Bradley and Isaiah Gochenhour. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Susan Rector and Jimmy Hill officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour at the funeral home. Burial will be at Monte Vista Park Cemetery where military graveside rites will be performed by the U.S. Marine Corps. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers with honorary pallbearers being Joe Graham and Donald Farley. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donation, if desired, be made to Bluefield Salvation Army, 900 Highland Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701. Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com. Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of James W. "Jimmy" Hill.
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Published in The Herald on Apr. 26, 2014