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Frances W. Hill, 91

New Albany MS Obituary 2018

Frances Watson Hill

August 25, 1926 – January 6, 2018

New Albany – Frances Watson Hill, 91, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on August 25, 1926 in Pleasant Ridge community near New Albany to Howard and Mozelle Watson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eleanor Ray; her brothers, James Howard Watson, Jr., William Luther “Bill” Watson and J.H. Watson; and her husband of 40 years, Jamie Hill, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life.

Mrs. Hill attended the University of Mississippi and Blue Mountain College. She taught business classes at Myrtle High School and Center High School in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She later worked as a case worker for the Union County Department of Human Services, where she retired in 1989. She and her husband, Jamie, owned and operated Hill’s Grocery and farmed in the Keownville community. Mrs. Hill was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to tell others about her children and especially her grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. She was known for her love and concern for others and her kind spirit, often making calls or writing notes of encouragement to those who were ill or going through difficult times.

Mrs. Hill was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church in New Albany, where she faithfully served on numerous committees through the years. She was a member of the Monday Morning Circle of United Methodist Women and she was a member of the Marjorie Houston Sunday School Class. After retiring from the Department of Human Services, Mrs. Hill served as a volunteer for Meals On Wheels until she was no longer able to do so. She loved gardening, growing beautiful flowers, quilting, crocheting and she was an excellent cook. She loved to bake cakes and pies to share with her neighbors and friends. Mrs. Hill had the heart of a servant and the way she lived her life reflected the love of her Lord and Savior to those around her.

She is survived by her son, Richard Hill (Katy) of Hernando; her daughters, Virginia Tate (Arthur) and Margaret Rowland (Tim), both of New Albany. She was also survived by her grandchildren, Jamie Hill (fiancée, Mary Margaret Sanders), Jessie Hill, Jacob Rowland (Erin Mattox Rowland and Ben Tate (fiancée, Whitney Lance).

A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church in New Albany at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 with Reverend Dr. Tim Prather and Reverend Dr. Danny Rowland officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at United Funeral Service on Monday, January 8, 2018. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, 207 East Bankhead Street, New Albany, MS 38652; Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery Fund, c/o Ricky Bishop, 318 Tate Avenue, New Albany, MS 38652 or to the charity of donor’s choice.


JAN 8. 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM

United Funeral Service, Inc.

700 Highway 15 South

New Albany, MS, US, 38652



JAN 9. 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

First United Methodist Church

New Albany, MS, US



JAN 9. 11:00 AM

First United Methodist Church

New Albany, MS, US


Mount Olivet Cemetery!/Obituary


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