Bobby Dean Hill
A fun-loving son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and co-worker, our beloved Bobby Dean Hill, 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014, in the home of his parents, the late Homer and Emma Hill. God favored him with threescore and 10 years, which he celebrated on Feb. 10, 2014.
Bobby was a gifted musician. He learned to play the piano under the tutelage of the late Mrs. Emma D. Croft, the director of music at his church, Shiloh Baptist. He quickly mastered the keyboard and became the pianist for the Junior Choir. He took advanced lessons at Laverty's Music Store and perfected his artistry: reading music and playing the piano.
He graduated from Carver High School in Gadsden, Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Slavonic Languages from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and qualified to enroll in a Russian Studies Program that admitted a few select students at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Bobby was adventurous. In 1979, he accepted an invitation to visit Monrovia, Liberia. That visit lasted 11 years, during which he became fully acculturated and taught at the American Cooperative School and the JJ Roberts United Methodist School. His reputation as a classical pianist earned him the privilege of playing a crowd-pleasing prelude at "The Public Lecture of the 40th Anniversary Fulbright Scholar Conference." The conference was sponsored by the United States Educational and Cultural Foundation. Dr. Maya Angelou was the guest speaker. Civil unrest leading to the Liberian Civil War forced Bobby to say farewell to his friends in Monrovia and return home to Gadsden.
For the last 19 years, Bobby was a Residential Coordinator/Residential Advisor at the Gadsden Job Corps. He tutored
students, engaged them in cultural activities, and supervised them on educational field trips. He will truly be missed.
Family, friends in Gadsden, others throughout the country, and those in Liberia will miss him, his outgoing personality, loving smile, winning ways and everything that made him our beloved Bobby. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
We celebrated and honored his life at a memorial service on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Shiloh Baptist Church in his hometown of Gadsden, AL.