James F. Hills, 81 of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at The Green Home following declining health.
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Born on June 13, 1931, in E. Lawrence; Jim was the son of the late, Edgar and Martha Froman Hills.
From an early age Jim learned the value of hard work. He was a self employed building contractor. Always eager to lend a hand, Jim devoted his life to helping others and was very proud of his family. Jim married Nellie Wainwirght on Aug. 11, 1951, and she predeceased him on March 27, 2009. His warm smile and gentle way touched many lives.
Surviving are his loving family, children, Claude (Judy) Hills of Painted Post, N.Y. and Brooksville, Fla., Roger (Debbie Jo) Hills of East Lawrence, Duane Hills of Gaithersburg, Md., Bryan (Shawn) Hills of Corning, N.Y., Nancy (Carse, "Mook") Hills Stanton of Bethlehem; 11 grandchildren, Matthew (Jenn) Hills, Courtney Hills, Brian (Jennifer) Madden, Erin (Todd) Terpstra, Amy Hills, Adam (Tara) Hills, Christopher Hills, Craig Hills, Savannah Hills, Zackery Hills, Joshua Stanton; several great-grandchildren; special niece, loved as a sister, Jackie Green of E. Lawrence; sisters-in-law, Winona Smith, Helen (James) Paris; brother-in-law, Richard (Shirley) Wainwright; special companion and caregiver, Hazel Conway of Blossburg; several nieces, nephews and cherished family friends.
He was a longtime member of the E. Lawrence Baptist Church where guests will be received on Monday Feb. 4, between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with his pastor and friend, the Rev. G. Victor Perry officiating. James will rest beside Nellie in the East Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the East Lawrence Baptist Church, 57 Cross Road, Lawrenceville, Pa. 16929 in his memory to further serve the Lord. Services under the direction of Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, Elmira, NY.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11, 2013