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09/16/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Burton Hill

Burton Page Hill
(20 July 1925 - __ Sept 2020)

Newport News High School Class of February 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today. Burton Hill, Class of February 1943, passed away in Newport News at the age of 95. 

From the Daily Press - 09/16/20:

  Burton Page Hill


    NEWPORT NEWS - Burton Page Hill is at rest and has found peace after a lifetime of devotion and accomplishment. Burton was a devoted husband to his wife, Charlotte Walker Hill. He was also a father, brother, uncle, and friend to many.

Burton was born on July 20, 1925, in Newport News, Virginia, to the late Ella Scull and William Glover Hill.

He attended Newport News High School and, upon graduating, enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp where he qualified as a pilot, navigator and bombardier and served in the Pacific theatre through the end of World War II. After flying over 30 missions with the 19th Bombardment Group, he was honorably discharged with several medals of honor - including the Distinguished Flying Cross - and solidified his place in "the Greatest Generation".

On the GI bill, he enrolled at the College of William and Mary and graduated in 1952 with degrees in business and economics. While attending W&M, he met the love of his life, Charlotte Walker Hill, who he married in August of 1953.

Burton Hill
  Burton started a thirty-two year career at Newport News Shipbuilding and its subsidiary, Newport News Reactor Services. In support of Admiral Hyman Rickover's nuclear land-based reactors, Burton was transferred to facilities in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and later Ballston's Spa, New York, where he established friendships in both areas. After five years, Burton's career brought him back to Newport News. He decided to take early retirement from NNS in 1984 to start a second career as manager and treasurer at Newport News Shipbuilding Employees' Credit Union (now Bayport Credit Union). After many milestones at the credit union and establishing enduring bonds of friendship with present and retired employees and board members, Burton retired as manager and Chief Financial Officer after ten years of service in 1994, remaining on the Board of Directors until 2014. Serving his community was one of Burton's passions and he served on the boards of numerous civic associations including the YMCA, SPCA and the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center. Additionally, he was a long-standing member of the James River Country Club and the Hampton Roads German Club.

He also served as a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church and was an advocate for International Cooperating Ministries.

Burton always put his faith and family first followed closely by his devotion to his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Charlotte Walker Hill; his parents, Ella S. and William G. Hill; his brothers, William and Wesley; and his sisters, Mildred and Ella.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Page Hill of Yorktown, Virginia, and his faithful companion, his golden retriever, Rockie. Burton is also survived by his nephews, Frank, Richard, William, John, David, Stuart, Barry, Thomas and Douglas; his niece, Diane; his cousins, Ward R. Scull and Mary H. Gleason; and extended family as well as countless neighbors, co-workers, and friends.

Burton was a leader and inspired lifelong bonds of friendship in those who knew him. He was once memorialized by a fellow board member as "the most ethical man I ever knew". May he always be remembered with the same respect, loyalty, dignity, humor, and affection that he effortlessly shared with the world.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News, VA.

A service celebrating Burton's life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church with a reception immediately following. All guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at both events. A private burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Burton's honor to any of the organizations named above or a favorite charity.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Glenn Ross and the nursing staff at The Hamilton/York Convalescent Center for their compassion and care.

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Published in the Daily Press on September 16, 2020.
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September 15, 2020 

~ A Loved One

September 16, 2020 

You are in my prayers and thoughts. May God give you peace in your time of loss. I remember his smile and wave as he walked his pups in the Riverside Area. I'm glad to have known Mr. Hill. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 God bless each of you. Grace, Peace and Prayer
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

~ Janet L Lockstampfor

September 16, 2020 

I only knew Burton for a short time and he was truly a wonderful person who was always ready to share with us a story or two from his past experiences. He often had breakfast with our small group we called "The Breakfast Club", and was such a pleasure to be around. He was quick with a smile and a laugh at our conversation and shenanigans and joined in with us. I will always remember the good times all of us had when he was able to join us and will miss him. God bless you, Burton, and may you rest in peace.

September 16, 2020

Burton Hill is one of my favorite people. I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago when I worked at his dentist's office. Later I joined his church and had the honor of talking to him there. He was always kind, thoughtful and very funny. My deepest sympathy to Page and his other loved ones and friends. RIP, Mr. Hill.

~ Treresa Vance

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Hill's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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