Dr. William R. "Bill" Hill
1937 - 2017
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Dr. William 'Bill' R. Hill
COL, U.S. Army (Ret.)
1937-2017

Dr. William Raymond Hill, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), 80, passed away November 4, 2017 in Greenville, SC at the age of 80. Bill was born August 30, 1937 in Spartanburg, SC and was the older son of the late Frank Hill and Helen Howard Hill.
Dr. Hill was an Eagle Scout and had distinguished careers in both the military and civilian sectors. He loved his family, friends, co-workers, and was respected by all who met him. He graduated from Clemson University in 1959 where he achieved many honors including membership in the Tiger Brotherhood, the National Society of the Pershing Rifles, Blue Key National Fraternity, and was named one of the '16 Outstanding Seniors of 1959.' He also obtained a MBA degree from Syracuse University in 1970 and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of South Carolina in 1998.
Dr. Hill entered the United States Army as a distinguished military graduate from Clemson and proudly served 28 years as an officer in the Medical Service Corps obtaining the rank of full Colonel. Col. Hill received many military awards including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and several air medals. He served in combat in Vietnam as one of the heroic 'Dust-Off' helicopter pilots. He flew 463 combat hours and helped rescue 370 wounded. In his last assignment, Col. Hill served as the Deputy Commander for Administration, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, at Ft. Jackson, SC.
After retiring from the army in 1988, Dr. Hill worked for the State of South Carolina. His last position was the Director of Student Health Services for the University of South Carolina where he received the prestigious Charles F. Bohmann Award for outstanding performance and retired in 2006.
Dr. Hill is survived by his wife of 52 years Loretta; son Andrew and his wife Alison of Durham, NC; son Mark and his wife Katie of Greer, SC; grandchildren Nathan, Luke, and Seren; brother George Hill and his wife Sharon of Evans, GA; and many nephews and nieces.
Visitation with the family will occur Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Funeral Home, 1 Pine Knoll Drive, Greenville, S. C. 29609. A memorial service will occur immediately after at 2:00 pm, followed by an internment with full military honors in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Cure PSP (curepsp.org), or any charity.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodlawn-fh.com.


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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2017.
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November 18, 2017
Dear Mrs. Hill,
COL. Hill's brothers and sisters in arms at the Columbia Chapter of the Miliary Officers Association of America (MOAA) extend our sincere condolences to you and your families.
MAJ (Ret) Robert Barnwell
November 13, 2017
November 12, 2017

Loretta and family: My heart goes out to you. I know this is a difficult time. I remember when your journey first began many years ago. We were stationed in the same place in Germany. I know he will be missed.

God bless you,

Shirley Schmidt
Shirley Schmidt
November 11, 2017
Clemson men have always been known for "Duty-Honor-Country by their selfless acts of courage in conflicts throughout the world, and Bill was no exception with his Vietnam tours of duty flying "Dust Off" missions saving countless lives of his fellow comrades. On this Veterans Day, I salute the courage and sacrifice of Colonel Hill and all our brave men and women who have served a cause larger than self. May God watch over this faithful soldier's family and all the families who have selflessly served their country. Earl Grubbs, CU Class of 1967 and US Army LTC (Retired).
Earl Grubbs
November 10, 2017
Dear Loretta and family-I am so sorry for your loss of Bill.You have my deepest sympathy. While at USC he was not only an excellent supervisor (for myself) but also a genuine friend. God rest his soul.
Roger Bowersock
November 9, 2017
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing, we know he has had a rough time recently, but now he is at rest. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in your time of grief. We won't be able to be with you saturday, but our prayers will be with you.
James & Ruth Corn
November 9, 2017
Loretta & Family,
So sorry for your loss. Jimmy and Bill shared many wonderful memories at the McCall Family Reunion. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless you,
Sherry & Jimmy Bailey
Sherry Bailey
November 9, 2017
Loretta and family: My prayers and condolences to all of you. Bill and I shared many long hours while working at OTSG at the Pentagon and the social events in Washington. He will be missed.
Warren Benson
November 8, 2017
I was saddened today to read of Col Hill's passing. Bill was that rare "one of a kind" type of guy. I consider it a privilege to have served with him at Moncrief Army Hospital, Fort Jackson in the mid 70's. I always enjoyed Col Bill's dry, edgy sense of humor, and looked forward to our visits because I knew I would come away feeling uplifted by his upbeat, positive nature. Col Bill Hill was the "Ace of Trumps." My sincere condolences to his extended family. May God grant you a peace knowing that your loved one made such a difference for goodness while on this earth.

Dave Day
November 8, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family. Bill and I drilled at the end of the platoon of the National Champion Pershing Rifles at Clemson in 1957. We graduated & were commissioned in59. Only saw each other at various events since, but Bill was the kind that was respected and was a friend for life.
Rufus Sherard Class 59, Abbeville,SC
November 8, 2017
November 1967 - Bill Hill Pilot
November 8, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Bill was always a joy to be around.
Jeff Grider
November 8, 2017
A healthcare statesman, leader and true hero of Vietnam. I had the honor of working for Bill at Ft Jackson, and found him to be one of the best 'bosses' of my 27-year career. May he rest in peace!! Prayers to the family.
Tom Clegg
Tom Clegg
November 8, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Loretta and family. Bill was a gentleman, consummate professional in the Army Medical Department and afterwards as a healthcare administrator at USC. He will be greatly missed by those who worked with him and shared time and stories with him at the many MSC Admin luncheons in Columbia.

Their is a favorite Clemson image of a Tiger tipping a top hat with the saying "A Clemson Man Needs No Introduction," Bill epitomized that Clemson man referred to here. What a special and lasting legacy he impressed on this world.
Bernie Chapman
November 8, 2017
What I remember most about Bill was when we were in the 4th grade at Lyman Grammar School, when Miss Mason was our teacher and he helped get a few of us out of exams that year. I always thought he was kin to Miss Mason that helped do that, but he said no. He must have been her pet student. He accomplished a lot. Glad we were able to make connections again at our high school reunions.
Condolences to all the family.

Margaret Waldrop Stagg, Columbia SC
Margaret Waldrop Stagg
November 8, 2017
PLEASE ACCEPT BY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. MAY YOUR MEMORIES WARM YOUR HEART AND ALLOW YOUR SMILES TO RETURN TO YOUR FACES IN TIME. MY HOPE IS THAT GOD GIVES YOU POWER AND STRENGTH AS YOU COPE WITH THE LOSS OF SOMEONE SO SPECIAL TO YOU. ISAIAH 40:29
DRG
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