Garland Hill

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Garland Hill, 66, of Waco passed away Friday, May 29, 2009 at a local hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday June 1 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. James London, a close friend of the family, will officiate. Burial will follow ar Wortham Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Lakeshore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Garland was born to Ralph and Oma Hill in Waco. He served in the Army Reserves and sold insurance in Waco for 35 years, where he made many lasting friendships and is remembered for his many acts of great generosity and his giving spirit to those in need. He was also an avid outdoorsman with a great love for hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Hill and both of his wife

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  1. Kevin and Leticia I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

  2. Shirley, we were so sorry to hear about Garland. He will be truly missed. We will keep you and your family in our prayers always. I know that our God will keep his loving arms around each of you and help you through this most difficult time.

  3. Rest in peace Garland. Thank you for everything you taught and did for all of us on the baseball field!

  4. I first came to know Garland about 1954 through baseball in the Northern Little League. Although we never played on the same team, we played a lot of sandlot baseball together and would even mow a vacant lot in order to have a place to play. He played on teams coached by my dad, James Shaw Sr., and was a favorite of my mother, Pansy Shaw. She had a name for him, "Red Mule", due to his red hair and the way he looked over his shoulder while running to first base, which she said reminded her on one of the mules on the farm where she was raised. Before you balk at the name, you should know that she only gave nicknames to people she liked, and I liked him, too.

  5. Claude Cheatwood

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Garland, but I did know his son Jeff.

    I just wanted to send my condolences to Jeff, Stacie, and Jimmy… I know exactly what you are going through.

  6. Kevin, Shirley, and Jeff and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my closest thoughts and prayers. Kevin if you need anything please let me know.
    Love you all, Dawn Gist

  7. Debbie & Shannon

    Shirley, We are so sorry for the loss of Garland. He was a fine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys at this time. He is in the arms of God and free of any pain. But I feel sure he is sitting by Mama by now.We love you.

  8. Emmett & Gloria Aguirre

    Garland was unique and special in his own way. He use to love to take me for a ride through the country – pointing out areas where he hunted and played as a young boy. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Hill family.

  9. Gwen Wright Miller

    You and your family are in my prayers.

  10. Shirley and family, I was so saddened to hear that you had lost your husband and father. May God bless you all with comfort at this time.

  11. Henry & Olga Romero

    Wish we could be there with you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. lots of love

  12. Jack & Linda Henry

    Garland Hill made this world a much better place with his contagious smile, commanding voice and absolute zeal for the people he loved and hobbies he enjoyed.

    Shirley, Jeff and Kevin we are proud to call Garland Hill a friend of ours.

  13. Jaime & Denise Hernandez & Girls

    Kevin and Leticia, We are very sorry for the loss of your father. May God bless your family during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jaime, Denise, Lauren, Lindsey and Megan

  14. Shirley,

    My sincere condolences to you and your Family on the loss of Garland. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  15. Kathy Kilgore-Shelburne

    Mrs Hill,
    Our family is deeply sorry for your loss although I have never meet you or Garland, it is to my understanding that your husband and my father "Orval Kilgore" were great friends back in the University High School days and both shared the love of baseball and the outdoors.
    The Orval Kilgore Family

  16. Ken & Susan Wampler

    Shirley, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you all.

  17. Shirley,

    I am so sorry to hear about Garland. Please rest assured that you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.


  18. Kevin & Letty at times like this it is hard to find the words but my thoughts and prayers are with you Shirly.

  19. Maxine Jones & Family

    Shirley. I was so saddened to hear that Garland was sick and passed away. My heart goes out to you and your family. If there is anything I can do, let me know. Our prayers are with you and your family. With love and deepest sympathy. Maxine

  20. I worked with him, fished with him, and hunted with him.
    We were next door neighbors and enjoyed many good times. He’ll be missed.
    My heart goes out to Shirley and family.

  21. Sorry for your loss.

  22. Shirley, my heart goes out to you. My husband on May 7th. went in for a colonoscopy came home, and called be in the afternoon tell me he was bleeding rectally and having difficult time feeling his left side. My son & I rushed home to get him to Providence. The short and long is that he had a stroke. After Providence we went to HC Rehab., got settled in that night. The next morning I was called around 11:50 tell me they were taking him to HC. that he was unresponsive. then the next week I get another call after I had left the hospital tell me that we need to make a serious decision to remove the right side of his skull to let the brain finish swelling. He is now level 3 comatose and not sure how long it will be before they put the skull back together. and some point in time we will have to possibly go to a long term facilliy to care for the neurological aspects and stroke to hopefully recover movement in left side. Please keep my sons and me in your prayers.

    Peggy Blake

  23. Shirley and family,
    You know that we love you very much and I will miss my "flour" throwing buddy. We love of you very much. Phyllis, Bob, Micah, Jaime and Matt

  24. Susan Slayton Scoble

    I was sorry to hear about Garland. I am a cousin of his who now lives in Houston.
    Oma and Glena I am very sorry for your loss. Please contact me. I know it has been a long time but would love to hear from you.

  25. Shirley, I am so sorry to hear that Garland passed away. I know that Mike thought the world of both of you. You have our deepest sympathies for your loss.

  26. Tim & Debbie Rhudy

    To the family,
    We where so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you and wrap his loving arms around you to comfort each one at this difficult time.

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