James Emanuel Hill

james hill

August 3, 1952 ~ July 20, 2022

Born in: Torrington, Wyoming
Resided in: Blue Ridge, Georgia

James (Jim) Hill, 69, resident of Blue Ridge, GA and former resident of Lingle WY, passed away on July 20th after a battle with heart disease.

Jim inspired many young lives at Kingman Unified Schools as a US history teacher and wrestling coach. He was passionate about horticulture and woodworking, and enjoyed his time serving on the leadership board of the Smoky Mountain Foothills Chapter of United Marriage Encounter in North Georgia. He will be remembered for his steady and kind nature.

Preceded in death by John and Mary Hill; brother John David Hill. Survived in death by wife Laurie (Waguespack) Hill; son Christopher Hill; stepdaughters Holly (Hill) Floyd, Ansley Hill. Kaylin (Hill) Pannell; step grandchildren Judah and Levi Floyd; sister Judy (Hill) Hunter; former wife Dorothy (Dot) Hill and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on September 24th from 2-4 at the Hinton Center in Hayesville, NC. Memorials may be sent to United Marriage Encounter. https://unitedmarriage.com/donate/


Celebration of Life: September 24, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Hinton Center
2330 Hinton Center Road
Hayesville, NC 28904

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Memories Timeline


  1. CandleImageDearest Jim,
    Your most endearing quality today is the legacy of love that you gave me. Always kind and considerate, your love healed my wounded soul in ways that only God knows. Your consistent love was like the time we came home from our long trip to Wyoming 2019; just glad to be home in our own bed. Your presence gave me space to relax into being myself and being “us”. My heart is broken; yet most importantly healed. You will always be my Emanuel in the flesh. You’ll always be my #WyomingStrong. I love you beyond “death do us part.”
    See you on the other side, babe.
    Love eternal,
    P.S. I can’t figure out what those other keys are for. 😉

    May the Lord bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you. May you find peace in His presence.

  2. Dear Jim, ccc Your most enduring quality was that you were a kind and trustworthy man One who did not mind doing things for others. You were selfless professional, excellent.respectful committed,l loyal, and courageous! yYu had the know how and the tools to do things with. You had ‘HEART’ !!! You had patience to dialogue with Laurie, which we greatly admire. So you had the qualities of Jesus making yours a very successful life!

  3. Hi Jim, I have missed you over the Covid years. I loved your gentle soul, love for your sweetheart, Laurie. You didn’t talk a lot at our core meetings, but when you did it was great truth. You were a sweet man, Jim, thank you for always thinking of me with the great treats you would bring to our home. I know you are worshiping with Russ in Paradise. Say hi to him for me, Joann Hopple

  4. Jim,
    To my onion eating brother in arms, who is now in the arms of our Lord. Tammy and I admire you and Laurie on how you approached life. Jim your MEQ is sharing for the sake of joy for others. You were always quiet, but loud in your thoughts giving away to action with intention. Though we only got to you know for a brief 6 years, both of you were an intracule part in our lives and touched us in ways you’ll never know… We love you and Laurie and we look forward to the day we are sitting at the table with our Lord sharing a plate of southern crispy onions!
    Jon and Tammy Fleischer

  5. Jim, your most endearing quality was seeing a need and answering God’s call. We were excited to have you join the Smoky Mountain Team for United Marriage Encounter. You allowed yourself to be part of the body of Christ that is passionate about helping marriages worldwide. Thanks for making a difference in couples you never got to meet.
    Steve and Pam Chapman

  6. Dear Jim,

    Your Most Endearing Quality is your strong and steadfast presence. Your faithful character was also evident in how you supported your Laurie and gave everything in service to the Lord.

    Our UME family was so blessed to have your quiet, constant service as we fought the good fight together to love and strengthen marriages, families, and the world.

    Jim, we are sad that you are no longer with us but glad that you have now found wholeness and peace at long last with our God in Heaven. Our sad yet hopeful feeling is like saying goodbye to a dear family member who is going before us to the great frontier.

    We are ever grateful for our time with you here on earth and look forward to seeing you again in heaven where we’ll be forever with our God who loves us each so deeply!

    With love,
    Until we meet again,
    Paul & Joyce Ruddell

  7. CandleImageDear Jim,

    We are grateful for the gifts and graces you brought to all our meetings and times together: calm presence of mind, patience in listening to everyone, methodical organization, diligent follow-through, and a heart to show the love that glorifies Jesus and that strengthens marriages to flower into all that they can be.

    We think the parable of the talents suggests (Matt. 25, Luke 19) that when Jesus comes again and makes all things new, He will have new responsibilities, new loving tasks, to give to His servants. We look forward to seeing in that day the new uses to which He will put the gifts that He caused to grow in you, and to spending eternity in fellowship with you and Laurie.

    Much love,
    Sam and Marj

  8. CandleImageJim, your Most Endearing Quality was being a steadfast warrior in the war on marriage. You saw a need and fulfilled it, over and over and over again. Right up until the end, you were taking care of little things for UME, behind-the-scenes things that most people will never see. Your UME shoes will be difficult to fill. We miss you so much. We look forward to seeing you again in heaven, and spending eternity with you and Laurie.

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