Larry Ray Hill

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Larry Ray Hill, 78, of Linden, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born September 4, 1942 in Atlanta, Texas to Mildred and Alton Hill.

Larry attended Linden-Kildare High School and graduated in 1960. He was a starter on the 1960 undefeated state championship basketball team. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas in 1966. He had a successful career with Brown & Root Construction and retired as a Project Manager after 35 years.

He was a member of the Linden United Methodist Church and was an active member of The Fishermen’s Sunday School Class.  He had 50.7 years of service and was a past Master and an endowed member of Linden Lodge #192. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Larry was a devoted family man who loved his children and enjoyed taking part in their activities as they grew up.  He later enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s many activities and events.

He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, and never missed watching a Texas Rangers game. In his retirement, he worked on small engines…if it was broken, he was going to fix it.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Leigh Hill and his parents, Mildred and Alton Hill. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue Hill, children, Tanya and husband Kenneth Recer of Longview, TX, Tammy Hill Kozsuch of Tyler, TX, Chris and wife Sonya Hill of White Oak, TX.   He also leaves behind six grandchildren; Ryan Recer and wife Nikki, Seth Kozsuch, Sarah Allen and husband Drue,  Kate Kozsuch, Kaden Kozsuch and Emma Hill, and great-grandchildren; Landry, Levi, Layton, Haleigh, Bryan and Kason. He is also survived by his loving sister, Angela Hill Jacob and husband Jim of Glendale, Arizona and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and his “best buddy” Hubble.

Larry led a full and loving life. He was always willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 10,2021 at the Linden Cemetery with Pastor Kelly Krone officiating and under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Linden. Pallbearers include Ryan Recer, Seth Kozsuch, Kaden Kozsuch, Kenneth Recer, Dan Boon, Frank Lanier, Ronnie Hamm, Steve Bennett, J. G. Turner and Mikie Burson.

There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linden United Methodist Church or Linden Cemetery.


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  1. Prayers for you and your family during this time. May God wrap you in his arms. Remember the memories to help you through your grief.

  2. Sue and Family, So sorry for your loss. Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with each of you in these difficult days. May the Peace, Grace and Comfort of Our Savior, Jesus Christ bless you as you recall your precious memories.

  3. My sincere condolences to Sue and to Larry Hill's family and friends. Since our school years at LK, Larry was a beacon of light to all of us who know him and he will be missed.
    Sue & Howard Robinson
    Dallas TX

  4. Sue & Angela: Praying for comfort for each of you, plus the family. God Bless each of you as you grieve.

  5. I hope you feel my love & prayers Sue! My heart breaks hearing this sad news about Larry. I'm praying for strength & peace for you all. We know that God is in control of our future. Hold on & trust Him! Larry is healed and part of a great reunion taking place in heaven right now!! Prayers for us that still have to struggle in this old world till we're called home!! I thank God for His promises & the hope we have because of them! Love & prayers for you all! Cousin Anne

  6. We were so saddened to learn of Larry’s passing. May God comfort you and give you the strength to sustain this great loss. Much love, Mary Janet and Murray

  7. We were so saddened to learn of Larry’s passing. May God comfort you and give you the strength to sustain this great loss. Much love, Mary Janet and Murray

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Larry’s family. God Bless each of you.

  9. Praying for God's comfort and peace for all who loved him. He was very kind, honorable and a great neighbor. We miss him.

  10. I’ve been friends with Larry Hill since elementary school. We both grew up together, went to school one year apart, played football and basketball on the same teams, went camping, hunting, and fishing together. We went to college together for three years. As young adults we shared a double wedding/honeymoon with our wives Margie Simons and Sue Boon. Both couples remained together for life, and we shared a joint 50th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to Disney World in 2013. While careers took us in different directions, we still remained close friends even though ‘seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne’. As the story was told to me growing up, when Larry was born he was, what else, a ‘Small Hill’. Menfolk around Linden then asked themselves, ‘What do you call a Small Hill?’ The answer of course was ‘Mole Hill’. The nickname stuck with Larry his entire life although it was expanded upon in many ways. It morphed into ‘Moley’, and then, since his middle name was Ray, some called him ‘Mo-ray-ley’, or simply ‘Moe’. All of it was meant fondly. We’re gonna’ miss you ‘Moley Ray’. We won’t be very far behind. Rest in Peace Dear Friend,

    Ross & Margie Humphrey

  11. Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you during this difficult time.

    Love you.


  12. So sorry to hear about Larry. Prayers for comfort, strength and peace for you all. Love, Truly and Janey Bozeman

  13. My most sincere condolence goes to Larry’s family. We were teammates as well as roommates at Texarkana College. I always had fond memories of Larry and his folks. May he rest in peace.
    Earnest Allen Jr.

  14. So sorry to hear about Larry. He was a great man and good friend. Prayers for Sue and all of the family. May your faith and precious memories help you get through these difficult days.

  15. I certainly will miss Larry! Sue, and the rest of your family should know, that I greatly admired this wonderful Christian man. Even though I was not reared in Linden, when I first moved here, I soon heard about what a great starting basketball player he was, for the undefeated 1960 Linden team, that were the State Champions that year! He will now be on God's team in Heaven. I will have the whole family in my prayers, for your loss of Larry.

  16. So sorry for your loss Sue,love and prayers for you and your family. He was a good man that will be missed by so many.

  17. Larry's spirit is soaring and he will be with you always. Bless him. He is free of all his suffering now. You could not help but smile and laugh when in his presence.

  18. My heart is broken for Sue and all the children. Larry was one of the most outstanding men I have ever known. RIP my dear friend. You will be missed by all.

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