Jim Hill

January 31, 1951 ~ January 24, 2021

Jim Hill, 69, of Desloge, passed away January 24, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  Born January 31, 1951 in Bonne Terre to the late James William Hill, Sr. and Jesse Hazel Rawlins, Jim spent his life serving his country in the United States Navy.  Retiring as a Senior Chief, Jim’s last duty station was at the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served as a speech writer under General Colin Powell during his time as the Director of the Joint Staff.  Jim loved golf, Cardinal baseball, Mizzou football, and listening to music, but his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  A member of Leadbelt Golf Course, he was an avid, lifelong golfer with the greatest short game outside of the Senior PGA Tour.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Brenda. K. Stanfill.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda (Conway) Hill; children, Lisa Lucas-Dean, her fiancé Jon Barlow, Dr. Mark Hill, and his wife Dr. Kathaleen Amende; grandchildren, Dillon James Lucas, Hannah Elizabeth Lucas, and Kaylee Ann Lucas; great-granddaughter Harper Marie Lucas; his sister Anna “Mickey” Brawley; life-long friends, Arthur and Shirley Laird and their children, Heather Laird, Joshua Laird and wife Lindsey, and Jim’s goddaughter, Jaclyn Christine (Laird) Bryan; and many favorite cousins, nieces, nephews, and golf buddies.

A celebration of life will be held at C.Z. Boyer and Son Funeral Home in Desloge, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM with visitation with the family at 6pm.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to either projectpurple.org or foldsofhonor.org.

C.Z. Boyer and Son Funeral Home requires masks or face coverings to be worn at all times.


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming days ahead. So sorry we can’t be with you. 

  2. Jim treated me like a daughter: he watched over me, told me the truth, and set me straight whenever I needed it. He was the finest judge of human nature I’ve ever met. I have years of great memories of him, for which I am profoundly grateful. My heart is breaking for all of you.

  3. Dear Linda, Lisa, and Mark:  Jim was one of my very memorable students during my early years at CHS! You will not be surprised to know that he always kept everything very exciting!  I loved my Jimmy Hill as he was both hilarious and endearing!!  Definitely, he was unforgettable!!  I'm SO impressed, but not surprised, with what all he accomplished!! Wow!!  Makes me SO proud of him!  And I'm SO sad to learn that he has had to battle cancer–bless his heart.  How I wish we could have re-connected over the years.  My students become dear, dear friends, and then we lose touch.  Such a shame.  Please know that you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort during this extremely difficult time.  I would love to see you, catch up with you, and give  you hugs this evening; but COVID has changed so many things.  Love and Blessings to all of you. 

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