John Howard Hill

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 27, 2011

Services honoring the life of John Howard Hill, 69, will be held at 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 2011 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Leesville. The celebrant will be Father Kenneth Michels, pastor. Burial will follow at Walton Cemetery, in the Delray Community in Texas.
He was born September 16, 1941, in Overton,
Texas, and died on June 22, 2011 in his home. He served in the U.S. Military for 23 years. He also taught in the Vernon Parish school system for 20 years.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Allen and Ollie D. Mangham
of Beckville, Texas, and by his sister, Kay Mangham of Beckville, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sophie Schlicht Hill; daughter, Donna Hill Ackel and son-in-law, John Ackel; grandchildren, Hillary Ackel and Madison Ackel,
of Natchitoches; daughter, Susan Hill of Fort Worth, Texas and son, Mark Hill, of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by his brothers, Allen Hill and Tony Hill; sister, Delilah Mangham; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be
Jim Grafton, Kreg Ellzey, John Alford, Kris Henley, Kirk Hill and Jarod Hill. Leo Fitzenreiter, Carroll Ellzey and Frankie Howard will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
He was born September 16, 1941, in Overton, Texas. He graduated from
Beckville High School and joined the U.S. Military in 1959. During his service in the U.S. Military he was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. for 3 years. He also served at Various locations around the world, including Vietnam, Istanbul,
Turkey, and several military bases throughout Germany. During the course of his military career, he achieved the rank of chief warrant officer 3 (CW3) and received numerous awards during his service. These awards include National Defense Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnam Civil Action Medal, Overseas Service Bars, Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal for
his service in Vietnam. After retiring from the military, he obtained mathematics and education degrees from Northwestern State University and taught in the Vernon Parish school system for 20 years. He served on the Plainview Area Association and has
served as its president since 2008. He also served as a member of the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Mr. Hill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and enjoyed the outdoors.
He enjoyed working in his yard, being with his family and sharing the benefits of his garden with his neighbors and friends every year. He believed in service to his community and helping those in need.