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Lillie G. Hill PHILADELPHIA, PA - Lillie Gasque Hill, 97, slipped away in the early morning hours of May 15, 2020, four days from being 98, in Philadelphia, PA. She was born in Gresham, S.C. and became a resident of Charleston in 1945 after marrying Reynard P. Hill. She was widowed in 1958 and with her faith set about rearing her two daughters. Mrs. Hill began her teaching career in 1956 at Jane Edwards Elementary School, Edisto Island, S.C. and then in 1957 with the opening of a new school in the city, she taught at Columbus Street Elementary School. In 1970 she was assigned to Memminger Elementary School and was key in Charleston's plans of integrating the school. While there she mentored many young teachers and helped the staff make a seamless adjustment. She retired from teaching in 1984 but her love of education and Charleston County Schools found herself as a member of the Constituent School Board #20 and later as its chair. Upon moving to Charleston, she became a member of Morris Street Baptist Church in 1945. Her Christian faith had been instilled from childhood since her grandfather Duncan K. Godbold had founded her childhood church, White Hill Baptist in Gresham. At Morris Street she served as a Sunday School teacher, B.T.U. Director, Vacation Bible School director and chairperson of Easter Sunday Children Programs. She participated at the county and state levels of the Baptist Association and for many years every Father's Day evening she joined others as they traveled to the various cities hosting the National Baptist Convention USA. The community of Charleston did not escape her presence, because during the 1960's, she was secretary of Burke High School's PTA. If Burke has a football or basketball game, you could count of her being in the stands with Ermine Ellington, Annette Chambers, JoEthel Moore, Martha Meriwether and the Modie Rishers. It was during those years that she, among others of her daughter's friends, attended proms and dances just to see how things were going. It was a given by the parents of the old "Matchbox" gym. Mrs. Hill loved Burke School. She was not a graduate, but her husband taught at Burke from 1939-1958 and both daughters were graduates in 1963 and 1965. She felt she was a member of each class and would inquire if a reunion was on the horizon. When asked why, she would say "just want to see everybody". As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she proudly work the crimson and cream. She led the Charleston Alumnae Chapter for two years and was names Delta of the year in 1986. Mrs. Hill is survived by daughters, Olivia Cunningham and her husband, Malachi of Philadelphia, PA and Rosalyn Stanley and her Husband, Cliff of Villanova, PA. She was known as "Mama" to her grandchildren, Stacy Cunningham of Huntsville, Alabama, Damon Cunningham and his wife, Lea of and Angela Stanley of North Charleston, SC. Nina Cunningham of Philadelphia and Mason Stanley are her two great-grands. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Francine, Maxine, Jackie, Gwen, Jenny, Jean, Joyce, Macy, Jr. and James of the Gasques line and Arthuree, Vernon and Darryl of the Hill line. She had ups and down in her life of 98 years that she could not have imagined, but through it all, she always held onto God's unchanging hand. It truly was a life well lived. There will be a viewing at the funeral home on Friday, May 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The 11AM graveside service for Sister Lillie G. Hill will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Morris Street Baptist Church, Charleston, South Carolina and clicking on the video icon. The live-streamed service will be available beginning at 10:50AM. Arrangements by Fielding Home for Funerals, 122 Logan Street, 843-722-3348 or 1-800-290-5954. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from May 17 to May 22, 2020.
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June 18, 2020
Mrs. Hill was my 4th grade teacher at Memminger Elementary School. She was more than an educator, she was a second mother who genuinely cared. Mrs. Hill spent so much time with me ensuring that I understood the lessons and applied them properly. She had high expectations of me and wouldn't allow me to give up until I got it right! I joined my sorority because Mrs. Hill was a member of Delta Sigma Theta and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. When people ask me who influenced my life the most without hesitation I proudly say Mrs. Lillie Hill. Without her influence on my life, I am not sure I would have reached the level of success I have experienced in my life. Thank you for sharing your mother with me! She truly changed the trajectory of my entire life. Thank you Lord for Mrs. Hill! God bless and keep you all.
Jamillah Smalls
Student
June 18, 2020
Mrs. Hill was my grade teacher at Memminger Elementary School. She was more than an educator, she was a second mother who genuinely cared. Mrs. Hill spent so much time with me ensuring that I understood the lessons and applied them properly. She had high expectations of me and wouldn't allow me to give up until I got it right! I joined my sorority because Mrs. Hill was a member of Delta Sigma Theta and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. When people ask me who influenced my life the most without hesitation I proudly say Mrs. Lillie Hill. Without her influence on my life, I am not sure I would have reached the level of success I have experienced in my life. Thank you for sharing your mother with me! She truly changed the trajectory of my entire life. Thank you Lord for Mrs. Hill! God bless and keep you all.
Jamillah Smalls
Student
May 24, 2020
Mrs. Hill was my 4th grade Teacher at Columbus St. School, very articulate, with grace and a big smile, never would call me Carolyn, but she would say Caroline, and that would get my attention. May she rest in GODs arms
CAROLYN L HARRISON
May 23, 2020
A Big Thank You Aunt Lillie for giving me and my twin sister our names...
Jacquelyn and Gwendolyn. We will love you forever. Rest in Power!
Eternally grateful, Jackie and Gwen
Gwen Gasque
Family
May 23, 2020
Saddened to hear of Mrs. Hills passing. Our condolences to the family. She was a great lady! Rest In Peace, Mrs. Hill. God Bless the family.
Mitch and Viv
Vivian Mitchell
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
Great Lady !!
Shirley Latten Pinnacle
Friend
May 22, 2020
Mrs. Hill was my 4th grade teacher at Memminger Elementary. She had a profound impact on my educational development. A true educator who dedicated her life to cultivating young minds! Take your rest and enjoy your Heavenly reward.
Daryl Brockington
Student
May 22, 2020
Soror Lille Hill was an amazing woman! As a student a Burke High School in the 90s, she took an interest in my own education and development. We maintained a close connection for many years later. Although I haven't seen her recently, I have thought of her often and fondly remember all the good advice and insight she offered. She was one of the best! Her legacy continues through her children, grandchildren, and great-grands, but also through others like me who she touched deeply. Sending prayers of love and comfort to the family. - Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, Washington, DC
Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper
Student
May 22, 2020
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Gwen Crawford
May 22, 2020
Oh to be Absent from this body and to be present with the Lord... Mrs Hill was my 4th grade teacher at Memminger Elementary school downtown Charleston SC....She was a teacher of teachers for me in my life..I am forever grateful for her role in my life that she played.. May she rest in the presence of the Almighty God.. To the bereaved family thank God for a life well lived. Praise God from whom All Blessings Flow, Praise him all creatures here below.
RIchard Holmes
Student
May 22, 2020
My Aunt Lillie Mae was a beacon of Light in our lives. She played a pivotal and substantial role in my siblings, and in my, growth and development. It was her influence and inspiration that instilled within us the desire for Excellence and High Standards in study, work and service.
She loved teaching, and took great pride in talking and bragging about her students; and we were always eager to listen to her many teachable moments. Aunt Lillie Mae, (as I always called her), loved and adored her
daughters, her son-laws, her grandchildren and great-grands. Truly a life well lived. We will always keep our Aunts Spirit alive, in our hearts and thoughts. Rest in the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory, and Light of God.
Gwen G. Gasque
Family
May 22, 2020
Condolences to the family/friends of the late Mrs.Lillie G Hill. Mrs.Hill taught me at Memminger Elementary School. She was a Phenomenal Lady/Teacher. May the life she live speak for her
Gail Y Brown
Student
May 22, 2020
Mrs. Hill was my teacher at Columbus Street Elementary. She was such a caring person and showed love to all of her students. I was honored and felt even closer to her when she told me her daughter and I had the same name. I became a teacher and thank Mrs. Hill for modeling the qualities of a great teacher.
Roslin J. Fields
Friend
May 22, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Paula Johnson & Family
Friend
May 22, 2020
Absolutely a Great Teacher She taught me at Memminger Elementary a Very Caring Person and Didn't Play You will be Truly missed
Angelic Brown
Student
May 21, 2020
Aunt Lillie was the matriarch and role model of our family. She walked the walked and talked and talk of her faith and her beliefs, treating everyone with dignity and respect. Her legacy to our family and all who knew her was her love, kindness and service. Aunt Lillie leaves large shoes to fill.
Jackie G. Jenkins
Family
May 21, 2020
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May 21, 2020
Mrs. Hill was my beloved Baptist Training Union Teacher. A beautiful Christian woman who made you know that she cared. God has called home an angel. Our sincerest condolences to the entire family
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May 21, 2020
I am the neice my auntie will truly be missed. Thanks always caring about our family..To my family God had truly been good to she lived a long life.She dedicated her life helping others.Rest on auntie God new you were tired .love Penny
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May 21, 2020
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May 20, 2020
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LouEthel Green-Williams
May 20, 2020
Great teacher. Mrs. Hill taught me at me at Memminger Elementary School, she was one of those teachers that made a lasting impression.
Sonya Brown-Perry
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May 20, 2020
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FREDERICK MATTHEWS
May 18, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Juanita
Student
May 18, 2020
Deepest sympathy to the entire family of Mrs. Hill. May the beautiful memories of her provide infinite joy to your hearts. She will live on through the many lives she so lovingly touched.
Deacon Howard
Friend
May 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family of Lillie G. Hill. I learned so much from her as a loyal alum of South Carolina State University and when she served as president of the Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Thinking of you during this time of loss, sending you love, wishing you peace until time heals your hearts.
Sharon Wigfall
Friend
May 18, 2020
May peace and peace upon peace be with the family. I had the pleasure of being taught by this wonderful lady my 4th and 5th grade school year at Memminger Elementary School. Mrs. Hill shaped and molded the person that I am today. She was such a positive influence in my life. An angel has ascended. May the ancestors welcome her. Peace, Blessings, Love & Light.
LouEthel Green-Williams
Student
May 18, 2020
Sincerest condolences to my family members. We must rest assure Aunt Lillie lived a long and full life filled with love. May she rest in heaven!
Kenneth Jr
Family
May 18, 2020
ichael and I send our sincere sympathies to your entire family. Mrs. Hill was a beloved friend of our family, especially to my mother, Pauline Sottile. May she rest in peace, Major General Michael Regner, USMC, Retired, and Mary Sottile Regner
Mary Regner
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