Funeral services for Johnnie Keith Hill, age 85, will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Springhill, with Rev. Tim Everett officiating. Interment will follow in the Springhill Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin Friday, October 5, 2012 (today) at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Mr. Hill was born March 3, 1927 in Parkdale, Arkansas to Hughey Simon and Jimmie Birdeen Higdon Hill and passed away Thursday, October 04, 2012 in Springhill. He was a resident of Springhill, a graduate of Parkdale High School, Parkdale, Arkansas; graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and was owner/operator of KBSF/AM and KTKC/FM for many years.
Mr. Hill was a member of many Masonic organizations, serving as Master, Springhill Lodge, #348; District Deputy Grandmaster-District 2; Master of the Louisiana Lodge of Research; Eastern Star, past Patron-Wagner Chapter; past Grand Patron-Order of the Easter Star-State of Louisiana and committee member of the General Grand Chapter-Chairman Assembly Finance-Louisiana. He also served the York Rite; Royal Arch; Springhill Chapter #94-High Priest-District Deputy Grand High Priest-Grand Royal Captain, State of Louisiana; Council-Minden Council #34; Illustrious Master-District Deputy Grand Illustrious Master; Commandry-Knights Templar-Minden-Commander-Knight Crusader of the Cross-Louisiana; Scottish Rite-Valley of Shreveport-32nd Degree and Shrine: Member of El Karubah Temple; President of Springhill Shrine Club and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Springhill Lions Club-1954-2012.
His governmental bodies attributes include, North Webster Parish Industrial District-First Chairman; I-69 Midcontinent Association-Board of Directors; Bi-State Corridor Commission-Vice-Chairman, Louisiana Economic Revolution-President; fraternal organizations include President of the Lions Club; President of the Quarterback Club and President of the Civitan Club.
Mr. Hill’s endeavors also included sales manager for KRAZ-TX; Monroe; President of KCLA, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; General Manger of KCIJ, Shreveport; Manager of KMOZ, Mobile, Alabama; consultant for radio stations in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama; served as the Chairman of the Board for the Bank of Bradley, Bradley, Arkansas; Board of Directors of First Federal Savings of Springhill; Board of Directors of Twin City Bank, West Monroe and Executor of H.S. Hill Estate, Parkdale, Arkansas.
He is survived by his sons, Keith Hill of Dallas, Texas; John Hill and wife, Alice of Springhill and granddaughter, Connie Lauren Hill.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years, Connie Simmons Hill on May 24, 2005; two brothers, James and Hidgon and sisters, Louise Perry and Berdine McCauley.
Masons will serve as pallbearers.
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