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Jim Hill

Jim Hill

September 29, 1932 - October 1, 2019
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Obituary

James Marion “Jim” Hill, Jr., passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the age of 87 years.

Born September 29, 1932 in the Fairview community in Lonoke County, he was a son of the late James Marion Hill and Marietta “Cricket” High Hill. He was a 1950 graduate of Lonoke High School.

Described as “Pine Bluff’s MVP”, Jim was active in all facets of local sports, from umpiring high school baseball to being an active 55-year volunteer for the national Babe Ruth Baseball organization. He was a National Babe Ruth League, Inc. Board Member since 1992. In 2009, he was elected to the National Babe Ruth League, Inc. Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was inducted into the Babe Ruth League, Inc. Southwest Regional Hall of Fame and was one of the first three members to be put in the Pine Bluff Jr. Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2015 he was awarded the Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed to a Babe Ruth League Volunteer. In 2003, he was named to the AAA Hall of Fame. He has worked many District, State, Regional and World Series as Tournament Director, Task Force Member, or Groundskeeper.

Jim retired from Entergy (Arkansas Power and Light Company) as procurement coordinator in 1991 after a 38-year career. He served as a board member for the Pine Bluff Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and was a member of the Festival of Lights Board. He was alsoa longtime member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

Jim’s full-time hobby and passion was taking care of Taylor Field, which is an old WPA ballpark that has attracted six Babe Ruth World Series tournaments, a Babe Ruth Girls’ Softball World Series, a Class-A Pro Baseball Club and a 1995 NAABT Tournament, which was telecast on ESPN.

Survivors include his wife, Thresa Jackson Hill, whom he married on October 2, 1954; his children, Steve Hill (Susie), Sheila Hill Cato (Mark), and Sherri Lynne Hill McLemore (Andrew); his siblings, Martha Jacqueline “Jackie” Richey, Joyce McCullah, John Hill (Bobby), Josephine Hill, Judy Hill, Jane Murphy (Donnie) and Jerry Lee Hill; four grandchildren, Jennifer Hill, Jimmy Hill, Lauren McLemore, and Lindsey McLemore; and a great-granddaughter, Jordan MaKayla Hill.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery in Lonoke County by Ralph Robinson and Son.

Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; or the Taylor Field Preservation Fund, Post Office Box 6654, Pine Bluff, AR 71611.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 4, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 4, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church
    Address
    5130 Bobo Road
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church
    Address
    5130 Bobo Road
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Address
    1430 McCollum Road
    AUSTIN, AR 72007
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stephen perryman

Posted at 10:14pm
Mr Hill was such a faithful servant to the community. Pine Bluff was a greater community because of this. God bless his family in their loss.
Steve Perryman
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Kay and David Reed

Posted at 08:16pm
Our prayers for the family! He was such a wonderful person, so kind and friendly! Always a smile on his face. Such an honor to have known him and will be missed by everybody! A good and faithful servant. We will see you over yonder, Mr. Hill ! Kay and David Reed
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Robert and Ellen Baxter

Posted at 04:54pm
To the families and friends of Jim (Pistol) Hill,
It was our pleasure to have the company of Pistol and his wife and family at Many of our Grandchildren Day Programs. We went to celebrate usually at one of the local restaurants. He was forever getting the tab for these occasions. His and his family’s company will long be cherished by us. Again I want his family know how much we appreciated this. RIP Pistol and thanks agin for the memories!
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baxter

Martha Quinn

Posted at 01:50pm
Our loss is heaven's gain. We know you will be just as busy doing good up there as you always were here. Prayers for the Hill family as you move through this time of loss.
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Roy & Trish Ferrell

Posted at 11:55am
Praying for comfort and peace for family and friends. I was one of the thousands of young ballplayers and adults that Jim made a positive impact on. His legacy and sacrificial heart will long be remembered and shared!
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