Howard G. Hill

Born: Wed., Dec. 26, 1956
Died: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017


Visitation

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 03, 2017
Location: Vidalia Chapel


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 04, 2017
Location: Vidalia Chapel


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Mr. Howard G. Hill, age 60, of Vidalia died Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Meadows Regional Medical Center of Vidalia after a sudden illness.

Howard was a native of Kingsport, TN and resided in Vidalia since 1990. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He retired from Trane, where he was employed as a Project Engineer for 37 years.

Howard was actively involved in the United Way, where he served as a board member and on the Allocations, Triathlon and Highlander Committees.  He was a past participant of Dancing with the Stars.  Howard served as a board member, Building Committee and Vice President of the Vidalia area Habitat for Humanity.  He was a member and Past President of Kiwanis, where he served as a board member, along with many other positions.  He was Kiwanian of the Year in 2010 and a graduate of the 2003 Leadership Toombs Class.  He served on multiple committees inside the Chamber of Commerce, including Director of the Chamber of Commerce (2009), Vice Chair of Membership, as well as Economic Development (2011-2012), Chair-Elect of the Board (2013), with the culmination being Chairman of the Board in 2014.  He was an active member of the Vidalia Onion Airshow committee and served for over 8 years as the parking chairman.  Howard was a board member of the Toombs County Boys and Girls Club.  He served as Chairman of the Electronics Advisory Committee at Southeastern Technical College.  He was a member of Vidalia Band Boosters and served on the concession stand committee from 1997-2012.  He served as the treasurer of the Toombs County Soccer Association, and was president of the Vidalia Community Chorus.  He was a member of the Meadows Regional Medical Center operating Board of Directors, where he held the position of Secretary, and served as a member of the Doctor Recruitment and Finance Committees. Howard proudly served as an active fire-fighter for the Higgston Volunteer Fire Department and previously for the South Thompson Volunteer Fire Department. He was an active member of the Montgomery County First Responders since 2003 and served as Chief.

Howard was recognized for his many accomplishments where he received the 2014 Man of the Year Award for Vidalia.


Howard was an elder in the Vidalia Presbyterian Church, where he has served as Chairman of the Grounds, Worship and Music Committees; he also was an ex-officio member of the Congressional Care, Fellowship and Christian Education Committees.  He was a member of the choir and Presbyteers, a Barbershop Quartet.  Howard was involved in several mission trips to Honduras to assist building a hospital 20 miles in the jungle.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Sue Hill and his brother, William E. Hill.

Howard is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Hill; two daughters, Susan and her husband Nicholas Saldivar of Evans, GA; and Sarah and her husband Ryan Carter of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and two grandchildren, Landyn Carter and Baby Saldivar, due in July.  

Funeral services for Mr. Howard G. Hill will be February 4, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel with Reverend Ron Gilbreath officiating, and Dr. Jay Warthen and Reverend Kevin Hicks speaking. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens with Fire-Fighter honors and Honorary Guard. The family will receive friends at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel Friday from 2:00 – 8:00 PM.  

As most know, Howard was an avid Tennessee Volunteer fan who loved wearing Tennessee orange.  The family requests everyone that can, wear orange, in honor of Howard.

          Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Mary Baldree
   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
Words cannot begin to express how my heart is breaking for this family. Howard and Barbara have been our friends for so many years. We have watched their girls become lovely young women. Barbara, Sarah, and Susan, we love you and are holding you in our prayers and thoughts.

Gary Gilmore
   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
I was surprised and saddened to hear of Howard's passing. Vidalia has lost a true friend. My prayers to the family.

Charles and Peggy Lawrence
   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
We are deeply saddened for your loss. The entire community has lost a vital force with Howard. We will be praying for you all during the days ahead.

Tina Knight Manning Jones
   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
Vidalia has lost a true Gentleman and an avid supporter of both Vidalia City and Toombs County events. My condolences to his family. He will be missed by all.

Wendy Albrecht Kembel
   Posted Wed February 01, 2017
Dear Barbara, Susan, Sarah, Cole, Ryan, Landyn and baby Salvidor,

My heart and prayers go out to you. I have known Howard since I was a little girl. He gave me my first bicycle and taught me the difference between "can" and "may." We have regarded him as part of our family, as you know, and all of you are so precious to us. We will be coming to Vidalia and look forward to being with you and hugging you. May the God of all comfort bring comfort to each of you. What an incredible, honorable, generous, servant-hearted man was Howard G. Hill. He is in a good place now, and we will see him again. I love you all.

Michael Blakeney
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
Howard was a true friend from the day that I met him in October 10, 2005. Howard and I worked for Trane and Howard was there for me through the thick and the thin. Inspirational is the word that defines Howard, to me. I have never met anyone who dedicated so much of time to his community and to others that he knew.

Many of my co-workers have mentioned "DIRTFT" - Do It Right The First Time - mainly pertaining to our working environment. Howard was: "DIRET" - Do It Right Every Time!

I am asking myself how Vidalia can have another Air Show without Howard right in the middle of it? I hope that maybe the next show can have a tribute to Howard with something like a fly over or maybe his name in the show's name.

Thank you Howard for all the things that you showed me how to do right: Every Time!

Michael Blakeney

Theresa Beasley
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I worked at Trane with Howard and he was a out going person. He cared about everyone that worked around him. I no longer work at Trane but when he seen me he would always say hi. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Sue Rustin Grisham
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
Our area has lost a vital participant in EVERYTHING. Howard did not want to miss out on anything. His life was full. He will be missed greatly in everyday life around town. Cherish your many memories. May God comfort you all is my prayer.

John Kornberger
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
I was shocked to hear the news of Howard's passing. As a fellow Trane employee, I had the pleasure of working with Howard and he is not someone that people easily forget. Friendly, courteous, and dedicated are only some of the qualities he possessed. But, what stands out the most to me was his servant's heart. The Air Shows, Chamber of Commerce, various charities, volunteer firefighting, and first responders are only a handful of examples of his desire to help others. I cannot think of another who compares.

My thoughts and prayers will be with his family.

Sharon Leonard Nass
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
Jerry and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Howards passing. He was a good friend and fine man and will be greatly missed. Barbara, our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Jeff Stewart
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family. Howard was one of my co-workers at Trane, and we worked a lot together through the years on various projects. I always enjoyed working with Howard. You could certainly count on him to do the right thing in whatever situation that came up. He also made sure us out-of-town visitors were well taken care of - a very hospitable gentleman. He will be missed.

Cherish the memories!

Jeff

Maureen Crosby
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
Barbara, Susan, and Sarah:
I am so sorry to hear of Howard's death. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around each of you and comfort you as only He can! Always remember the good times you shared as a family and it will be a blessing to you.

Patricia McLendon Holmes
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
I was surprised and saddened to hear about the passing of Howard Hill. He was a very friendly person. It didn't matter if I was working at MRMC or somewhere in Vidalia he always spoke. Vidalia has lost a TRUE FRIEND

Randall & Sherri F. Cooper
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
Howard was always such a kind and friendly person. So very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Johnny and Brenda Carroll
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
May God Bless you with strength, His love and peace during this time. Our thoughts and prayers to all

Lisa Oliver
   Posted Thu February 02, 2017
So sorry for your loss. He was a good man. I didn't know him well , but all he ever showed to me was kindness at my job and as a first responder. Your family will be in my prayers.

Michael Bottorff
   Posted Fri February 03, 2017

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Frances Cottrell
   Posted Fri February 03, 2017
Howard and I were childhood friends, as our parents were very good friends. A few years ago we reconnected on Facebook. Please accept my condolences and prayers.

Greg and Mary James
   Posted Fri February 03, 2017
We were so sorry to hear about Howard. He was a good man. He did so much for this community. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Go Vols!

Jessica Smith
   Posted Mon July 16, 2018
It has taken me over a year to have the courage to write. Every day I sit here and miss Howard. I still have his obituary hanging on my dresser mirror, which is where it will always be. Every once in a while the song lyrics that we sung at his funeral fall out of the pamphlet and I see it as a sign of he's with me. I did not know Howard long, but in the time that I did know him, he taught me so much and inspired me so many times. Howard and I met in EMT class at Southeastern Technical College there in Vidalia. I am pretty sure the whole class looked to him as a father figure, because even he would correct our instructor if something was wrong in the book. Or if he thought there was a better way of doing something. In such a short time, Howard became so very important to me! When the class found out what was going on, I texted him, and told him that he was in my thoughts and my prayers and I proceeded to give him a bible quote. Each day after that i sent him a bible verse! Then, the day after my birthday, Howard passed away! I sent him a bible verse that day, and I never knew if he read it. I still can`t delete his number out of my phone. One of the days that I messaged Howard, he told me to "Study hard, and I will be looking forward to hearing you on the radio." My very first clinical call that we had, I had to call into the hospital. Even though, Howard had already passed, I know he heard me! I know the loss of Howard is not easy for anyone. I want to give my deepest condolences to his wife, his three daughters, and the rest of his family. Howard will forever be a part of my life, my heart, my soul. Howard G. Hill watch over us all and keep us safe on every call!

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