DENTON - James William “Bill” Hill III, 73, U.S. Army veteran and retired schoolteacher, quietly passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at his home in Denton, Texas.
The son of James William, Jr. and Ann Bolin Hill, Bill was born Sept. 28, 1947, in Stuttgart, Germany. As an Army brat, Bill found friends wherever he lived. A member of the Boy Scouts and the Order of the Arrow, he attended the National Jamborees in 1960 and 1964. He spent many summers at Worth Ranch Scout Camp. He attended Mineral Wells High School and graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1970 Bill earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Texas Tech University and was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. While at Texas Tech, Bill was commissioned in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program and served his country for 10 years with assignments in Germany, Korea, Fort Meade, MD, and Fort Sill, Okla. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas, earning a Master's degree in computer science. Upon receiving his certification, Bill taught computer science at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas. Bill retired in 2015.
Bill loved dogs and his own canine companions, Chloe and Zoey, gave him great joy in the last years of his life. His hobbies included FPS computer gaming, golf, and building models of military hardware. But his lifelong passion was photography, for which he won several awards.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors: Brothers, Herbert Bolin Hill and wife, Brynda of Crestview, FL., Thomas Martin Hill and wife, Ann Flower of Durango, Colo.; sister, Patricia Hill Smith and husband, Doug of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters; four grand-daughters; and eight nieces and nephews.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Bill has requested a donation to one of his favorite causes: The Multiple Myeloma Foundation, The Gary Sinise Foundation, or The Friends of the Wild Whoopers.
There will be a private graveside service for Bill, and then, at a time to be determined, a memorial service for his many friends, students, and colleagues.
Published in Star Local Media from Dec. 24 to Dec. 30, 2020.