Mr. Leon Garfield “L.G.” Hill, Jr., 89, husband of the late Ruby Daniel Hill, died Tuesday morning at Duke University Hospital.
Mr. Hill was born and raised in Durham County, where he was educated in the Durham Public schools graduating from Hope Valley High School. He was employed with Durham Hosiery Mill as a machinist for 20 years before working with Monsanto Company in the same capacity, until his retirement. He then went to the UNC Physics department, where he enjoyed assisting students with their graduate projects in the machine shop. Mr. Hill proudly served his country with the US Army under General George Patton in the 4th Armored Division during WWII. He had several interests and hobbies, including golf, and woodworking, having made several clocks and pieces of furniture for family and friends. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well as spending time at his beach cottage in Emerald Isle. Mr. Hill was an active member of Yates Baptist Church and in the past had served as a Deacon, Usher and singing in the choir.
He is survived by his children, Donna Hill Athas and her husband, William, of Chapel Hill, Jeff Hill, and his wife, Sheila, of Bahama; four grandchildren, Jennifer Downing (Tim), Ashley Levesque (Nick), and Dan and Emily Hill; great grandchildren, Madison and Hudson Downing, Owen and Greyson Levesque; brother, Everett Hill, and his sisters, Margaret Neff and Alice Philips.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his brothers, Gerald Sr., Alexander, and Haywood Hill.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 (L. G.’s birthday), at 11:00 am in Yates Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Christopher Ingram and Rev. Ted Reed. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors one hour PRIOR to the service, from 10-11:00 am at Yates Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Yates Baptist Church Building Fund, 2819 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707.
The Hill family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com select obituaries.