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Roy Garland Hill, III

July 22, 1948 September 21, 2018
Roy Garland  Hill, III
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Obituary for Roy Garland Hill, III

Mr. Roy Garland Hill, III, age 70, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday the 21st of September 2018 at Wilkes Regional Hospital.

A celebration of life event will be held at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church, 804 E Street in North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. The family will be receiving visitors from 2:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. prior to the celebration in the fellowship hall.

Mr. Hill was born July the 22nd of 1948 in Davidson County to Roy Garland (R.G.) Hill, Jr. and Muriel Barger Hill. His father preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother of Welcome, his brothers Tom Hill and wife Gail, Rick Hill and wife Debbie all of Lexington, daughter Kari Hill Brown and husband Jason of Asheville and grandchildren Madison and Jackson, son David Hill and wife Pamela of Charlotte, daughter Natalie Hill and wife Kim Hill of Deep Gap and grandchildren Ethan Call, Travis Hill and Katelyn Hamm, and wife Barbara Jean Hill of North Wilkesboro.

Pa Smokey enjoyed his role as a grandfather immensely. He fondly called Travis “The Professor.” He was also a truly loving husband and father. He provided a moral compass, a listening ear and love without restriction. His sense of humor both intentional and unintentional left all those around him full of joy.

Garland graduated from North Davidson High School in 1966. After graduation he attended Mars Hill College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970. He taught science at North Buncombe High School and then earned his Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama in 1973. Garland went on to attend Appalachian State University to receive his Specialist in Education degree in 1983.

Garland had a multi-faceted career working in both local and state education systems. Some of his many accomplishments included his work to desegregate the Goldsboro School System, as Chief Administer of a school for exceptional children, and as principal of an elementary school. He spent the last 20 years of his career as the Director of Testing and Accountability for the Wilkes County Schools.

Upon retirement, Garland took up wood carving and achieved the level of a master carver winning multiple awards for his life-like bird carvings. Garland was a life-long learner. His mother always called him her “Genius Son.” He took up painting, guitar, bee keeping and tax preparation. He was an avid collector of baseball cards, coins, stamps and friends. He had an enormous intellect and appetite for knowledge. He was in many respects a Renaissance man.

Garland was an active member of Wilkesboro Baptist Church for 20 years and served as an elder, Sunday school teacher and on numerous committees. He recently joined North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church where he was involved with congregational care and communications.

Garland was an integral member of the Wilkes County Board of Elections for several years, serving a term as chairman. He believed passionately in the democratic system of government and fought to make sure that every voter had a voice and that all elections were fair and honest. He was also involved in many community activities over the years making him an active supporter of Wilkes County.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 2361, North Wilkesboro NC 28659.

Online condolences may be made to www.reinssturdivant.com.


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Visitation

Thursday

27

Sep

2:00 PM 9/27/2018 2:00:00 PM - 3:45 PM 9/27/2018 3:45:00 PM
North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church

804 E Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church
804 E Street North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
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Service

Thursday

27

Sep

4:00 PM 9/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church

804 E Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church
804 E Street North Wilkesboro 28659 NC
US
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