Joshua Hill Sr. was born in Thomson, GA on July 17, 1929 to the late Elizabeth Mance and Joshua Hill. He had three older sisters, Mary Frances Hill whom survives him, Annie Lou Hill and Maybelle Hill, both preceded him in death.
He attended McDuffie County Training School and spent the rest of his youth in McDuffie County. He married the love of his life, Johnnie Mae Moore on May 24, 1952. Throughout their marriage, he and Johnnie Mae became the parents of seven children.
Joshua joined the military at age 24. He served in the Vietnam War and served at duty stations such as Giessen Germany, Korea, Ft. Riley Kansas, Ft. Bliss El Paso, Ft. Carson Colorado and Ft. Dix New Jersey. During his 24 years of service he received the Commanders award, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Exceptional Performance award, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the list continues. He retired in 1982 at the rank of SFC in the field of Administration.
Joshua is also preceded in death by a son, Marion Hill and a grandson, Spencer Hill Jr.
SFC (Ret.) Joshua Hill Sr. is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jonnie Mae Hill. Memories of their love will live in her heart always.
His memories will also be cherished by six children, LT. Col (Ret.) Joseph Greg Hill and his wife Pat, Joshua Hill Jr., Kevin Hill, Spencer Hill Sr. and his wife Angela, Mark Hill and his wife Jackie and Cynthia Hill Matthews and her husband Emerson, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Hill family will receive guests for a time of visitation on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 11 AM – 1 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen. Burial will follow in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
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