Songwriter Jim Hill Passes Away

MIDDLETOWN- Jim Hill age 87, of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Symphony of Centerville. He was born November 2, 1930 in Portsmouth, OH to Frank and Margaret (Lee) Hill. He served our country in the US Army during the Korean War with an honorable discharge.

Jim was a gospel singer and songwriter best known for the hymn “What A Day That Will Be”. Jim’s career spanned many years singing with the Golden Keys Quartet, Stamps Quartet and Statesmen Quartet. Later he enjoyed being part of the Gaither’s “Homecoming Series”, which led to many opportunities to minister through music across the country.

He was a long time member of Towne Blvd. Church of God and was a worship minister and choir director at the church for many years. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. Jim also enjoyed time on the golf course with his friends.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Susan (Mike) Webster of Clayton, OH; grandchildren, Missy Webster and Jimmy Webster. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth (Baldridge) Hill of 66 years; brothers, Paul Hill; sisters, Iris Burke, Ruby Long, Stella Canter and Gladys Oiler. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 9:30-1:00 pm at Towne Blvd. Church of God, 3722 Towne Blvd., Franklin, OH 45005.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00 with Pastor Terry Ball officiating. In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420, Towne Blvd. Church of God, 3722 Towne Blvd., Franklin, OH 45005 or First Church of God, 100 East Avenue, Monroe, OH 45050. Interment will be at Woodside Mausoleum. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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