Russell Hill

by Lynn McMillen
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Russell Hill Russell Hill, age 81, of Hamilton, AL, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at his residence.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. at the Otts Funeral Home Chapel, in Sulligent, AL, with burial to follow in the Ballard Cemetery. Bro. David Humbers to officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 pm until service time.

 Pallbearers/Honorary Pallbearers: Donald Ray Moore, David Andrew Moore, Gary Thomas Moore, Ellis Walker Hill, Joe Robison, Roger Porter, Steve Grimes, and others……

Russell was born on April 24, 1942 in Shannon, MS, to the late Hermit H. Hill and the late Lillie Bell Box.  He attended Shannon Elementary School.  His first job was at age 12, working at a sawmill in Dorsey, MS.  Later, Russell worked at McCoy Manufacturing in Sulligent, AL; however, he is more widely known as a business entrepreneur.  First, as a hog breeder, then as a partner at H&R Lumber Company, then as a trucking business owner, then as a excavation business owner.  Finally, he is most widely known and praised as the owner of Russell Hill’s German Shepherds.  All who knew him, loved him.  He was a member of Ballard Church on Hwy 17 South of Hamilton, AL.

Russell was an avid hunter, fisherman, and guitar player.  More importantly, he was a charitable servant of the Lord.  On many occasions, he helped other family members and friends who were either in need or to launch their own businesses, with no expectation of anything in return.  In particular, he often hosted fundraisers by cooking the best boston butts in world or by sponsoring gospel singings.

Survived By:

Wife: Mary Nell Weeks Hill, Hamilton, AL

Daughters: Ann Porter, Hamilton, AL, and Bonnie Godsey (Eddie), Hamilton, AL

Stepson: Teddy Gunter (Donna), Sulligent, AL

Grandchildren: Veronica Bobo, Molly Beth Porter, Riley Porter, and Isabella Godsey

Great Grandchildren: Cameron Holloway, Russell Cliett, and Victoria Bobo

Special Friends and Good Neighbors

Preceded In Death By:

Wife: Patsy Ann Taylor

Parents: Hermit H. Hill and Lillie Bell Box

Great Grandson: Terry Cliett, Jr.

Brothers: Charles Rufus Hill, Herman Walker “Pete” Hill, James McArthur “Mac” Hill,

 and Hermit Lee Hill

Sisters: Mittie Bell Moore Tate, Dorothy Nell Green, and Christine Harris Galloway


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