Garry Alton Hill (1946 - 2017)

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Mr. Hill, 70, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2017, at The Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. The family will receive friends on Friday September 22, 2017 from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at McEwen at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC. A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Hill's life will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Newell Presbyterian Church, 1500 Rocky River Road, West, with the Reverend Fred Rose officiating.

Mr. Hill was born on November 3, 1946, in Rutherford County, NC, the son of Ed and Rachel Hill. He moved to Charlotte in 1955. He attended Garinger High School and played on the Post 9 American Legion Baseball teams that were runners-up for the 1964 National Championship and the 1965 winners of the American Legion World Series. Following his sophomore year at UNC-Chapel Hill he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as their first round draft pick. When his professional baseball career ended, he became a salesman for Package Products/Sonoco-Engraph. After retiring he purchased On Deck Baseball/Softball Skill Development Academy where he and his sons worked to develop and train young people in the game he loved. Through On Deck, Garry operated a nonprofit organization to help provide less-privileged youth with a chance to pursue the game that gave him so much.

Garry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra Prophet Hill, three sons, Jason Hill (Janine), Kevin Hill (Kara), and Travis Hill (Susan); nine grandchildren, Matthew, Emily, Sydney, Michael, Louis, Brody, Connor, Rae and Eve Hill. He is also survived by his brother, D. Eddie Hill (Dianne) of Durham, NC.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Kunal Kadakia of Levine Cancer Institute and to the wonderful caring people at Southminister Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care at or to BSDA at 10229 Rodney Street, Pineville, NC 28134.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 21, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
McEwen Funeral Services
5716 Monroe Road | Charlotte, NC 28212 | (704) 334-6421
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