Sen. Jack Sutton Hill
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Monday, April 6, 2020, will be remembered as a sad day for many in the state of Georgia.
State Sen. Jack Sutton Hill, 75, passed away unexpectedly at his district office in his hometown of Reidsvill. The native of Tattnall County lived his entire life in Reidsville. His love for his hometown and surrounding community was evident throughout his life.
After graduating from Reidsville High School and Georgia Southern University, he came back to his hometown and went into the grocery business as owner and operator of Hill Shopping Center. In addition to the long hours spent running the business, Jack still found time to serve in the Georgia Air National Guard for more than 33 years, both as a unit commander and state inspector general.
As a leader in the community, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Tattnall Bank in the early 1980s. Then in 1990, he heeded the call to public service and ran for and won his first term as Georgia state senator for the 4th District of Georgia.
As a senator, he continued his steadfast dedication to his friends and neighbors whom he cared so deeply for by ensuring the rural Georgia had a voice at the highest levels of state government. Throughout his years of service, he served on many committees, including the Senate Rules Committee as vice chairman and Senate Appropriations Committee as chairm.
In 2018, he was re-elected to his 15th consecutive term and he intended to seek a 16th later this year. Many of his colleagues have noted, "He was always the last to leave the Capitol each day because he cared so deeply about the people of our state."
For as much as he loved his community, state and country, he loved the Lord more and served Him at Reidsville Baptist Church.
Jack Hill will be heralded for years for his accomplishments both in the political sphere and business world alike. But his true and lasting legacy will be of the mark that he made on his community and every person that was blessed enough to meet him. He will be deeply missed.
Sen. Hill is preceded in death by his parents, Wilton Hill and Lillian S. Hill; sister, Barbara Hill Bianchini; and a brother-in-law, Woodrow E. Nail Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Ann Hill of Reidsville; children, Dawn Hill (Neil) Kullberg of Sylvania, Amy Hill (Todd) McGee of Cumming and Lance (Sheila) Hill of Warner Robins; sisters, Jill Hill (Michael) Flynn of Savannah and Gail Hill (Jesse) Thurmond of Wilmington Island; sisters-in-law, Karen (Stan) Hill of Richmond Hill and Alice Nail of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Alexandria Hill and Emerson, Gracen, Caroline and Addilyn Kullberg, and Taylor and Avery McGee; special "family" member, Joyce Sharpe of Reidsville; and several nieces and nephews.
A private graveside funeral service was conducted Friday, April 10, 2020. Pallbearers were Lance Hill, Stan Hill, Michael Flynn, Todd McGee, Neil Kullberg and Matt Hill.
Memorials may be given to Sen. Jack Hill Leadership Scholarship, c/o Georgia Southern University Foundation P.O. Box 8053 Statesboro, Ga 30460 or American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, Iowa 50037 or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Apr. 15 to Apr. 21, 2020.
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April 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss may your memories bring you comfort.
c m
April 17, 2020
May God be with the family during this most difficult time.Senator Hill was a great gentleman.
Col. Michael H. Sarra, USA (ret.)
April 16, 2020
Sympathy to the family. He was a unique and great man.
Ed Davis
April 10, 2020
One who went a long way; at the same time maintaining his fine qualities. Not a politician but a man of the people, who never heard a need that he didn't try to fulfill. A man of honesty, discernment and care for those who needed, at times, advice and experience in solving the difficult issues of life. For a small town to rear and nurture such a caring and generous man is magnificent and reveals the potential of these tiny residential areas to incubate, with success, the small ones entrusted to their care. We don't know why he had to go but the Supreme being must have something important for Jack to do. A few years back I called him at the Ga.Senate to inquire about something in Georgia government; he returned my call and it seemed that we had seen each other over the years.
glynn watson
April 9, 2020
On behalf of my Mom, Mrs. Charlie Lewis, Sr. (Aleathia) and the entire Lewis family, I light a candle in celebration of the life of Senator Hill. The Senator and my Father, the late Charlie Lewis, in Bulloch County, were great friends. We send condolences to Mrs. Hill and the Hill family. Staying prayerful for all of you.

With Deepest Sympathy,

The Lewis Family, Statesboro, GA
Reta Lewis
April 9, 2020
Senator Jack Hill has done so much good for Georgia over his many years of public service. He was a kind and thoughtful man who will be sorely missed.
The Gambrell Family
April 9, 2020
To the family of Senator Hill,

Mr. Hill was a fine person and leader for our state! We are sorry for your loss and we will miss Senator Hill! May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

John and Meg Hagan
April 9, 2020
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
April 9, 2020
I lost a good friend this week. But my loss is Heaven's gain. Rest in peace, my friend.
Glen Stone
April 9, 2020
Sam and I are devastated. He will be missed greatly. He was always ready to help in any way and always with a smile. Our prayers go out to all the family. I have many fond memories of growing up with the Hill family.
June Thigpen Bonnette
April 9, 2020
I had the pleasure of knowing Jack before and after he became a Senator.He was one prince of a guy. His father Wilton Hill and I were very close friends and seems like yesterday that I was having dinner with Jack and his family after Wilton's funeral.
Senators like Jack Hill are few and his contributions to our state will long be felt and remembered.
May God be with the Hill family during this period of lost.

Bill Simpson
Bill Simpson
April 9, 2020
Thank you for the encouragement you gave us HICARE Volunteers that brought health programs to the people of Georgia. We cared. We made a difference for the better in all the lives of those we served.

I was in the Pembroke/Bryan County area.
Patricia Barbee
April 9, 2020
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April 9, 2020
Worked with Jack at Selective Service many years ago. He was a true gentleman and highly respected. Prayers and God Bless.
Rene' Thompson
April 9, 2020
Worked with Jack at Selective Service many years ago. He was a true gentleman and highly respected. Prayers and God Bless.
April 9, 2020
I was fortunate to be Jack's First Sargent in the GAANG. Jack was one of a kind, one of the good guys. I can still see his smile as he said "Jimmy let's go supervise by wondering around". Last time I saw Jack was a few years ago in the Guyton Christmas parade. I walked with him for a while. I will pray for the family and friends. God Bless.
Jimmy Meyers
April 8, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. God bless you all.
Pam B. Kmiecik
April 8, 2020
Senator Jack Hill was a fine gentleman and statesman. His impact on his district and the State of Georgia was tremendous. There are very few legislators with the knowledge and skill he possessed. He sought no recognition or credit for his accomplishments and went about his service in an unassuming method. He will truly be missed.
Mike and Hope Fagler
April 8, 2020
Kind man
Joan Martin
April 8, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Senator Jack Hill. His death is a shattering loss to Georgia, to the nation and all who knew and loved him.
Georgia has lost a giant! A humble servant who dedicated his life to public service .
To the Hill family, please know that God holds your sorrowing heart in his loving hands.
Yvonne Hodges

Yvonne Hodges
April 8, 2020
Jack, Mary and will miss you from our time in
Reidsville in the 1980s. I enjoyed the Lions Club
and the time spent with you.
You've gone to a better place enjoy the company
and rest.
Our deepest sympathy to your family.
charles Young
April 8, 2020
May Your Soul Rest In Peace. Thanks For Leaving a Legacy of Kindness!!
Eva Rivers
April 8, 2020
Mr. Jack was a wonderful Christian man with many lifelong achievements, but as I shared my thoughts with Dawn last night, he was much more than anything he accomplished as an businessman or politician (although he did many great things for his hometown, his district and the state of Georgia), to me, it was more important that he was a truly good soul...A man that took the time as a neighbor to stop and chat and ask how you were doing with sincerity. As our Heavenly Father requires of us, he was humble, kind and always willing to share a smile and an ear or help of any kind. My heart hurts for my dear friends and his entire family, and I will be here for you and keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Deepest Sympathy,
Anna Shuman
Anna Shuman
April 8, 2020
I was blessed to have served with Senator Hill as a part of the Southern Regional Education Board for many years. He was kind, generous, and honorable. A great Christian man. I watched and learned from him over the years make great accomplishments for SREB and in agriculture for the Southeast region of our country. He was dedicated to the service of his constituents and a true servant at heart. It was my honor to serve with him. Francis Thompson, Louisiana State Legislator
Francis Thompson
April 8, 2020
As a new senator, Chairman Hill was a great mentor for me and was very patient with my questions. He was kind to all and one of the people who really can't be replaced. He is leaving a great legacy but a huge vacuum in the Senate. I will miss him a lot.
Kay Kirkpatrick
April 8, 2020
Sorry about your loss mr jack done alot for the city of Cobbtown
Larry and BJ Collins
April 8, 2020
I give and send to you my condolences may God be with you through your loss God bless
Gloria Carver
April 8, 2020
Jack and I worked together as Inspector General for the Georgia Air National Guard. His passing is such a shock. He was an inspiration to all that knew him. I will always treasure his friendship.
David Frazier
April 8, 2020
Senator Hill was a true leader in the GA Senate. He always supported the Classified Employees of our Public School Systems and never forgot the services they provided to the students each day. He will be missed.
T. Carlton Allen
April 8, 2020
My dear friend Dawn,

My heart aches for you and your family. Your dad leaves a wonderful legacy and lots of treasured memories for you. If I can do anything, just call. Lots of prayers for you and your family at this time.

Joni C. Thompson
April 8, 2020
Seator Hill was a dedicated public servant and a staunch supporter of education. He will be greatly missed. Thank you for all your hard work Jack.
Alex Jordan
April 8, 2020
We have lost a great man and a good friend. With our deepest sympathy and love.
Roy Thompson
April 8, 2020
Colonel Hill was like a second father to me, when in the Georgia Air National Guard, and a dear friend after moving to Tattnall County.
Patricia Earls
April 8, 2020
May God bless you in this time of sorrow
Thhomas @ Janet - cousins Hill
April 8, 2020
My prayers goes out to the Hill Families and Friends. R.I.P.
Jennie Hicks
April 8, 2020
Jack was my representative, and a dear friend. He spoke in my courses on American government. He was the best public servant I know. He had no visible health problems. This is so tragic and unexpected.
My prayers go to him and his family. Rest in Peace, Jack.
Jacek Lubecki
April 7, 2020
Irreplaceable loss. The kind of statesman and public servant everyone says they want. A privilege to have known.
Allan Adams
April 7, 2020
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
A. D. Yearwood
April 7, 2020
Jack was my friend and I will miss him. My condolences to his family. He will be impossible to replace at the Capitol.
Josh Lewis
April 7, 2020
Jack and I were classmates from the first grade thru our senior year at Redisville High School. He was always the one who mediated and stopped juvenile fights and altercations between the less mature classmates. His leadership and integrity was evident even in our teenage years. I always valued his judgement and knowledge of political affairs in Georgia. The world is a lessor place without Jack Hill. He will be sorely missed as a classmate and as a friend.

Ron Webb
RHS Class of 1962
April 7, 2020
Love and prayers to the Hill family. Senator Hill exemplified what it means to serve with unwavering integrity. He was always kind, ready to listen and support, and he was so well loved by his wonderful family. I received the greatest blessing when I began my teaching career and enjoyed ten wonderful years working with his daughter, who lives and works with that same kind integrity her father had for all.
Kaye Rothenbuhler
April 7, 2020
Jack Hill was one of the finest men that I have ever known. He was a true public servant. I served in the legislature and the Georgia Air National Guard with him. Jack was a true patriot and a great leader in the military. My prayers go out to his family.
Clint Smith
April 7, 2020
A perfect gentleman, consummate Senator, one of the best Georgia has ever produced. Goodbye my friend, you did well and will be well missed.
April 7, 2020
Senator Jack Hill was one of the finest men I have ever known.We served together in the Georgia Air National Guard.I was the NCO of the base firearms program and Jack was my boss.He even helped on the range at time.He was one of the best friends I had.He would do Anything he could to help me.Rest in Peace old friend.My thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family.God Bless.
Donald Stafford
April 7, 2020
Prayers for the family
Hannah Ngando
April 7, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Judy Sutton
April 7, 2020
Praying for the family during this time.
Sandra Barber
April 7, 2020
Almost 30 years ago my family had an emergency in the middle of the night and we had to leave to go out of state. Jack got up in the middle of the night He went to the store to cash a check for us so we could leave right away. I'll never forget him for that.My prayers to his family. He will be sorely missed. God bless you all. He was a good man. Always ready to help.
Meredith Stalls
April 7, 2020
So sad to hear about Senator Hill passing. He always sent my Mother Dorothy Edwards Brannen a Christmas card. Prayers for peace for his family.
Nancy Edwards Seufert
April 7, 2020
Jack, your kind spirit and friendship will be missed by all. You left a legacy for others to emulate to be a true servant leader. Praying for your family during this difficult time. Till me meet again!
Mike Coan
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