Lillie G. Hill PHILADELPHIA, PA - Lillie Gasque Hill, 97, slipped away in the early morning hours of May 15, 2020, four days from being 98, in Philadelphia, PA. She was born in Gresham, S.C. and became a resident of Charleston in 1945 after marrying Reynard P. Hill. She was widowed in 1958 and with her faith set about rearing her two daughters. Mrs. Hill began her teaching career in 1956 at Jane Edwards Elementary School, Edisto Island, S.C. and then in 1957 with the opening of a new school in the city, she taught at Columbus Street Elementary School. In 1970 she was assigned to Memminger Elementary School and was key in Charleston's plans of integrating the school. While there she mentored many young teachers and helped the staff make a seamless adjustment. She retired from teaching in 1984 but her love of education and Charleston County Schools found herself as a member of the Constituent School Board #20 and later as its chair. Upon moving to Charleston, she became a member of Morris Street Baptist Church in 1945. Her Christian faith had been instilled from childhood since her grandfather Duncan K. Godbold had founded her childhood church, White Hill Baptist in Gresham. At Morris Street she served as a Sunday School teacher, B.T.U. Director, Vacation Bible School director and chairperson of Easter Sunday Children Programs. She participated at the county and state levels of the Baptist Association and for many years every Father's Day evening she joined others as they traveled to the various cities hosting the National Baptist Convention USA. The community of Charleston did not escape her presence, because during the 1960's, she was secretary of Burke High School's PTA. If Burke has a football or basketball game, you could count of her being in the stands with Ermine Ellington, Annette Chambers, JoEthel Moore, Martha Meriwether and the Modie Rishers. It was during those years that she, among others of her daughter's friends, attended proms and dances just to see how things were going. It was a given by the parents of the old "Matchbox" gym. Mrs. Hill loved Burke School. She was not a graduate, but her husband taught at Burke from 1939-1958 and both daughters were graduates in 1963 and 1965. She felt she was a member of each class and would inquire if a reunion was on the horizon. When asked why, she would say "just want to see everybody". As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she proudly work the crimson and cream. She led the Charleston Alumnae Chapter for two years and was names Delta of the year in 1986. Mrs. Hill is survived by daughters, Olivia Cunningham and her husband, Malachi of Philadelphia, PA and Rosalyn Stanley and her Husband, Cliff of Villanova, PA. She was known as "Mama" to her grandchildren, Stacy Cunningham of Huntsville, Alabama, Damon Cunningham and his wife, Lea of and Angela Stanley of North Charleston, SC. Nina Cunningham of Philadelphia and Mason Stanley are her two great-grands. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Francine, Maxine, Jackie, Gwen, Jenny, Jean, Joyce, Macy, Jr. and James of the Gasques line and Arthuree, Vernon and Darryl of the Hill line. She had ups and down in her life of 98 years that she could not have imagined, but through it all, she always held onto God's unchanging hand. It truly was a life well lived. There will be a viewing at the funeral home on Friday, May 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The 11AM graveside service for Sister Lillie G. Hill will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Morris Street Baptist Church, Charleston, South Carolina and clicking on the video icon. The live-streamed service will be available beginning at 10:50AM. Arrangements by Fielding Home for Funerals, 122 Logan Street, 843-722-3348 or 1-800-290-5954. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from May 17 to May 22, 2020.