G. Edison Hill

G. Edison Hill

Asheville - Asheville - Attorney G. Edison Hill passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, November 26.

Born in Chocowinity, North Carolina in 1925, he was the second son of the late Lizzie Ida Lewis Hill and Plum Irving Hill. He is survived by his wife and the mother of his children, Helen Troy Craft Hill; three children, Marcus Edison Hill (Donna Barnes); Michael Craft Hill (Ingrid); and Melissa Helen Hill (Steven Crell); and two grandchildren, Christopher Marcus Hill and Eliza Jade Hill Crell. He is also survived by three sisters, Dot Blount (Norman) of Richmond; Lea "Boots" Fields (Milton) of Rocky Mount; and Nicky Bruce of Greensboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He began his life on a tobacco farm, enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 18, and served his country in World War II in the South Pacific. He loved every day of his more than fifty years of practicing law. His empathy and sincere efforts to help others inspired all those lucky enough to be around him. His dedication to the Democratic Party was a lifelong passion. He was the longest serving and most esteemed member of the historic Asheville Toastmasters Club, of which he was a member for over 60 years. He found a way to smile every day. He had a joke for everyone but never a complaint. His courage and determination to live life his own way will be remembered by all who knew him.

In a final act of generosity, he donated his body to UNC Hospital for education and research. His spirit lives on in all the people he touched.

Please join his family to smile and celebrate his beautiful life at his home in Asheville from 4:00 until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the G. Edison Hill Scholarship Fund at: General Scholarship Fund at UNC-Chapel Hill, C/O Office of University Development, Attn: Annie Nienaber, P.O. Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 1, 2012