William Martin Hill, Sr. MIDLAND - William Martin Hill, Sr., a longtime resident of Midland passed away peacefully on March 24, 2017, at Clear Creek Nursing Home and Rehab. Martin was born on June 28, 1936, in Atlanta, GA. He was drafted into the Army and stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. He was Captain of the rifle team and was a top marksman, winning many awards. Following his service to his country he attended Charlotte College graduating with a degree in Business. After college he pursued his passion for film making and shot the first feature film in Charlotte, NC titled "Dr. Gore." His vast knowledge of camera equipment led to his collecting some of the most famous cameras used in Hollywood. He was noted for having the largest motion picture camera collection in the world. His speciality was Mitchell cameras. Martin's love of film equipment was shared throughout his life as he mentored many up and coming cameramen and producers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Patsy V. Hill, sons William Martin Hill, Jr., (spouse Zane), Mark Byrum Hill, granddaughter Dallas LeAnn Furr (spouse Brandon), great grandson Levi William Furr, sister-in-law Mary Ruth Stikeleather and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Martin's life will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 7:00 pm at Hope Community Fellowship church, located at 10643 Blair Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Hope Community Fellowship building fund at the address above.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 28, 2017.