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Jay Dewitt Hill of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away October 12, 2013.

Born July 27, 1929, Mr. Hill was a lifelong resident of Rutherford County.  He was the son and only child of the late Walter Ray and Maebell Shehan Hill.  Also, he was a grandson of the late John and Katie Callahan Hill and the late Joe and Nancy Cooper Shehan.

Mr. Hill attended the local schools and furthered his education at Wofford College.  While attending high school, he worked in the afternoons at the Winn-Dixie store in Rutherfordton.  Later he went to work for Deering Milliken in the Time Study Engineering Department.  Several years later he joined Chemical Leaman Tank Lines in Spartanburg, SC and retired from there after 25 years of service.  Not long after retiring from Chemical Leaman Tank Lines, he joined the North Carolina Department of Transportation in various capacities and finally retired form there after 18 years of service at the age of 79-1/2.

Mr. Hill served his country during the Korean conflict.  He joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed for two years in the disbursing office at San Diego, Calif.  An additional two years was spent in Submarine development at the Submarine Base at Groton, Conn.

Mr. Hill was a lifelong member of Piedmont Baptist Church.  He was an outdoors person and loved to work in his garden, on the farm here at home and on the McGrew estate in Pickens, SC.  He also loved playing golf as long as his health permitted.

In 1950, Dewitt married his high school sweetheart, the former Betty McGrew- a native of the Oolenoy Section of Pickens County, SC.  After his tenure in service, they returned home to Rutherfordton and built their house on Maple Creek Road where they have resided for the past 56 years.  Dewitt and Betty enjoyed traveling to most of the 50 states including Hawaii, and also an extensive tour of Europe.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and their husbands:  Sandra and Sam Freeman of Bostic, NC, and Susan and Phillip Sain of Rutherfordton; Three grandchildren and their spouses: Benson and Amanda Freeman of Bostic, Travis and Rebecca Sain of Rutherfordton, and Nicole and Danny Conley of Rutherfordton.  Also surviving are seven great grandchildren.

A private memorial service for the family was conducted in the Chapel of Crowe’s Mortuary with the Reverends Tom Frady and Ad Hopper officiating.  Interment followed in the Piedmont Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family suggest that memorials be made to the Piedmont-Pleasant Hill Community Building Maintenance Fund c/o Mr. Stan Liebel, Treasurer, 1093 Maple Creek Road, Rutherfordton, NC or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Crowe’s Mortuary is serving the family.

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