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Jay Hill is praising his Lord in heaven today and rejoicing with his loved ones gone on before. He left this life on May 5, 2014 while a resident at Sims VA Nursing Home.
Jay was born on May 19, 1930 in Albemarle, NC. In 1950 he joined the US Air Force with 10 of his buddies. They all went through basic training together, and several of them retired from the service. Jay was stationed at Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX and then went to Big Spring, TX to help open Webb AFB during the Korean Conflict. He spent time in Okinawa, Korea, Italy, Turkey, Hawaii, Canon AFB in Clovis, NM, Thailand (twice during the Vietnam War), and Tyndall AFB in Panama City. For his service in Thailand, he was awarded a Bronze Star. After retiring from the Air Force, Jay began working for Bell South in Panama City, retiring again in 1992. He then worked as a locksmith for several years, finally giving that up so he could play more golf. Jay was a member of Central Baptist Church, and served in the following areas: Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, Assistant Head Usher, Part time Janitor, Deacon, and constant prayer warrior. He knew most of the members by name, and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Jay was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Margaret Hill, and a sister, Ellen Hughes.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Haynie Hill; four children, Tom Hill (Chrisie) of Richmond Hill, GA, Cindy Lawson of Butler, PA, Cary Deshazer (Jeff) of Panama City, and Stacey Ulmer (Dennis) of Rincon, GA. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Crystal Lawson McKruit, Jon Lawson, Stephanie Lawson Renwick, Daniel Lawson, Bradley Lawson, Katrina Easler, Duncan Hill, Joseph Hill, Jason Deshazer, Brianna Deshazer Boston, and Casey Ulmer. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM Friday, May 9, 2014, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Barton and Rev. Steve Carter officiating. Interment with military honors offered by the US Air Force will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Many thanks to the wonderful workers who have taken such good care of Jay at Sims VA Nursing Home, and to the Hospice of the Emerald Coast.
2403 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
2403 Harrison Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405
Published in Panama City News Herald on May 8, 2014