January 28, 1927 ~ April 19, 2007
Services for Freeman B. Hill, 80, of Naples, TX will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Naples with Rev. Billy J. Rembert officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Naples, TX under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Hill died Thursday, April 19, 2007 at a Pittsburg nursing center. Brother Freeman Hill was born in Monroe, Louisiana. He was the son of Freeman and Peolia (Parks) Hill. He was educated in the public schools of Richwood High School, attained a B.S. Degree from Wilfork University in the state of Ohio. A veteran of the US Marine Corp, he was an outstanding serviceman who was discharged honorably. The flag draping his casket is given by a grateful nation for his meritorious service to his country in time of war. His memory will be forever cherished by Sister Vannie Hill with whom he was united in marriage on December 30, 1968. they lived happily together until his passing. Brother Hill obeyed the gospel at an early age and became a member of a Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana. Later he moved to Wichita, Kansas and united with Stranger Rest Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and Finance Treasurer. Bro. Hill was the first Black American elected president of the Kansas State Letter Carriers. He was also the first black to hold this position. Later, he moved to Naples, Texas (Cass County) area in which he enjoyed the atmosphere in the country. He united with the congregation of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Chairman of Finance, and Sunday school teacher. He served faithfully until prevented by failing health. He taught in the Unity District Leadership School. He also served faithfully in the Unity District Association. He was preceded in death by his father, Freeman Hill, Sr. and one sister, Rosena Hill. He is survived by his mother, Sister Peolia Taylor of Monroe, Louisiana; his wife, Sister Vannie Hill of Naples; son and daughter-in-law, James (Keisha) Hill of Oklahoma City, OK: daughter, Sister Vanessa Hill of Naples; brother and sister-in-law, Baron (Barbra) Hill of Monroe, Louisiana; grandchildren, Joyrel Hill and Quin Hood; a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Viewing and visitation will be Tuesday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.