For none of us has life in himself, and none becomes his own master when he dies. For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord, and if we die, we die in the Lord. So, then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's possession. Happy from now on are those who die in the Lord! So it is, says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.
Shirley Hill was born December 5, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the Cleveland Public School system, after which, she got a job as an administrative assistant. Shirley accepted Christ into her life at an early age and was baptized at St Andrews Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1970, Shirley and her son Anthony moved to Los Angeles, California. They lived there for 20 years until in 1990 Shirley's grandfather, Lawrence Phillips, put a down payment on a house in Arkansas for her because he felt her lifestyle had become too fast paced in California. So she Anthony, and her brother Marvin Hill moved to Prescott, Arkansas where her mother and father, Eli and Reeba Hill, (both deceased) had just moved into a house across the street from her residence.
Shirley got a job in an office in Little Rock, where she worked and lived during the week. On the weekends, she would return home to Prescott. After her retirement, she lived in Prescott full time. Shirley joined the The New Beginning Church Of God In Christ under the leadership of Elder Herbert Adams, where she sang in the choir. She worked part time at the library and then the courthouse until she started having health issues and had to leave. Shirley's mother Reeba Hill became bedridden in 2010. After her son Marvin Hill passed in July 2011 who was her caregiver, Shirley became her mother's sole caregiver until Reeba's passing on June 30, 2012.
Shirley was the oldest of seven children and four of her siblings preceded her in death. Melvin Hill, Curtis Hill, Marvin Hill and Sandra (Alfred) Coleman. She leaves in God's care, a son, Tony Hill of Prescott, AR; a brother Eli Hill (Pat) and a sister Terry Johnson (Vincent) both of Cleveland, OH; two uncles, Earl Phillips of Cleveland, OH and Doyce Phillips of Lapuente, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and countless friends.
Submitted by Terry Johnson.
The family will receive friends at Greater New Beginning COGIC in Prescott on Friday, November 7th from 6-7.
The last farewell to her life will be shared on Saturday, November 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Greater New Beginning COGIC where Superintendent Herbert Adams, the pastor will render words of comfort.
The committal service and final resting place will be in DeAnn Cemetery in Prescott, Arkansas.