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James Medley Hill

James Medley Hill

April 14, 1933 - October 9, 2014

James Medley Hill, age 81 of Clarence, Missouri, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Jim was born April 14, 1933 near Tullvania, Missouri, the son of Medley and Imogene (Howard) Hill. He never married.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Bill Hill; and one niece Peggy.

Jim is survived by his brother Edd and wife Betty of Marquette Heights, Illinois; sister-in-law Carolyn Hill of Clarence, Missouri; five nieces, Kathy Westhafer, Robin Chance, Kim Rogers, Tina DeRosa, and Genie Galleger; and four nephews, Rick McIntosh, Steve Simpson, Jerry Hill, and Terry Hill.

Jim attended the rural Knapp and Lile Schools; Kirksville Junior and Senior High Schools; Ethel High School graduating with the class of 1951. After serving his country in the U.S. Army 1953-1955 he attended Kirksville State Teachers College. He and his mother graduated with the Class of 1959. Jim taught eight years at Ethel and twelve years at New Cambria. He retired in 1980 and returned to the family farm. Jim enjoyed scrapbooking, writing books on local history, and showing the Lile School to visitors. He was a member of the Ethel Memorial Post 247 of the American Legion.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Travis Funeral Chapel in La Plata, Missouri.

Funeral Service will be Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Clark Dobbs officiating. Musical selections will be “Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown”, “In the Garden”, and “Shall We Gather at the River”. Vocalist will be Donna Barton.

Burial will be in the Helton Cemetery near Goldsberry, Missouri. Pallbearers will be Donald Lathrom, Tod Hanson, Matthew Farwell, John Howe, Charles Howe and Herman Peeper.

Memorials in memory of James may be made to the Helton Cemetery. They may be mailed to or left at Travis Funeral Chapel, 125 S. Church St., La Plata, Missouri 63549.

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