Cornard Kirk Hill

Cornard 'Kirk' Hill

SALISBURY - Master Sgt. Cornard "Kirk" (C.K.) Hill, USAF (retired), passed away on July 7, 2013.

Born Sept. 2, 1932, in Leaksville (present day Eden) to the late Connard and Pauline Hill, he was a graduate of Boyden High School Class of 1951 and a graduate of what is today Pensacola State College.

Cornard served in the United States Air Force 1951-1971. During the Korean War, Cornard served in the 502nd Tactical Control Group and the 605 Tactical Control Squadron. Until 1971, they lived in various states around the country and spent Cornard's final USAF Tour of Duty in England.

After retiring from the USAF, he spent 28 years employed with Escambia County, Pensacola, Fla., school district in the Evaluation Services Department as well as a Deputy Sheriff in 1973-1974. He retired from the school district as a Senior Information Systems Technician in 2000.

Having retired from the USAF in 1971 to Pensacola, Fla., he and Edwina decided to return to Salisbury after he entered the Florida Retirement System in 2000 and relocated to Salisbury in 2002. He and Edwina considered Salisbury as home, since they both grew up here and married here on July 4, 1953.

Cornard was active in the Catholic Church, not only at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, but in the Catholic faith in Pensacola, Fla., and wherever stationed in the United States Air Force.

Cornard was a member of Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 of Salisbury.

Surviving are his beloved wife of over 60 years, Edwina Motley Hill; children Major Stephen L. Hill USMC (retired) and wife Annette of Pensacola, Fla., Chief Petty Officer Veronica H. Welsh, USN (retired) and husband Stephen of York, S.C., and Deborah H. Gafford-Radonich of Mobile Ala.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 10) at Summersett Funeral Home.

Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (July 11) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church conducted by Father John Putnam. Burial will follow at the U.S. National Cemetery at noon on Thursday with military honors.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Hill family. Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Summersett Funeral Home, Inc. & Cremation Center - Salisbury
1315 West Innes Street  Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 633-2111

Published in Salisbury Post on July 9, 2013