Bobby Hill was born on Nov. 12, 1943, in Taylor. He was the son of Carroll and Bertie Hill of Bartlett. He passed to his heavenly home on Nov. 14, 2018, at the age of 75 in a Round Rock hospital.
He attended Bartlett schools for 12 years, playing football on Friday nights and playing a Hammond organ for various groups and churches on the weekends. He brought so much joy and entertainment to everyone who was lucky enough to be in his audiences. He graduated from Bartlett High School in 1962.
He attended Temple Junior College (TJC) on a full scholarship while playing the organ for the TJC Choir. After attending Baylor University summer school in 1963, he moved to Waco and became a life-long Baylor Bear. He majored in Business Management earning a BBA in June of 1966.
He made a startling discovery in March of his last semester at Baylor. He met the love of his life at the Union Bowl during pledging season. He always said it was love at first sight because he married Jeannie Cluck on Feb. 4, 1967. They celebrated 51 years of marriage in 2018.
To this union was born a baby girl, Jennifer, and four years later a baby boy, Jeffrey, and then after four more years later another baby boy, Bradley.
His children brought him so much joy and pleasure throughout their childhood, from band concerts to winning a state football championship. Perhaps the greatest joy they gave him were the 10 beautiful grandchildren he could call his own.
Bobby was elected mayor of his hometown while in his 20s. He was the youngest mayor ever elected in Bartlett and served more terms than any person to hold the office. He loved this little town with all his heart and always tried to help its citizens enjoy a better life. While he was instrumental in bringing a state-owned jail to this small city, he delighted in being able to visit with State Governor, Ann Richards and actually introduced her at a ceremony. He served on several boards including the Bell County Exposition Center, serving as President for two years.
Bobby worked in sales most of his career. He was so friendly and outgoing, never meeting a stranger.
Unlike many son-in-laws, he welcomed his mother-in-law into his home with open arms. She lived with her children for over 35 years. They played beautiful music together at church and at home for many years.
He was always eager to enjoy life and make the most of any occasion. Visiting with his children’s friends over the years created new and lasting friendships, earning him the nickname “The Bobcat.”
He retired in the early 2000s. He and Jeannie left Bartlett after 40 years to move closer to their children and grandchildren. Babysitting and chauffeuring those precious babies became his most prized job. When one of his granddaughters chose to attend Baylor University in 2013, he and Jeannie quickly renewed their love and loyalty to the Green and Gold. So many memories were remembered, and new memories were created, which brought them so much pleasure and joy.
In 2016, Bobby received a 50-year graduation diploma from the Heritage Club at Baylor. His last years were spent watching politics and mystery shows on television, shopping with Jeannie, visiting his children and collecting antiques.
His mother and father preceded him in death as did his brother, James Bubba Hill (Barbara) of Holland, his sisters, Rita Hill Fischer (Ernie) of Bartlett, and Marjorie Hill Hayes (Bob) of Conroe, his dear mother and father-in-law, Rhuey (Memommie) and Sam (Pap pa) Cluck of Hubbard.
Bobby is survived by his loving wife Jeannie of Taylor, his daughter Jennifer Hill Patschke (Brian) of Taylor, his sons Jeffrey Hill (Kristy) of Pflugerville, and Bradley Hill (Kathy) of Lakeway, his grandchildren, Shelby Hill Lovelace (Tucker) of Rockdale, Allyson Powell Miller (Corey) of El Paso, Reed Powell of Belton, Shay Hill of College Station, Zoe Hill of Lakeway, Colter Hill of Hutto, Landon Self of Pflugerville, Sam Hill of Lakeway, Caleb Patschke of Taylor, and Brayden Hill of Pflugerville. He is also survived by his twin brother Tommy Hill (Pam) of Bartlett.
Visitation was Saturday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. Services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Bartlett City Cemetery.