Jerry Wayne Hill, Sr. entered into rest on May 2, 2023 at The Glen at Lake Oconee Village. He was the husband of Brenda Smith Hill for 38 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Violet and Lawrence Hill, and his first wife of 22 years, Barbara Fralix Hill.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Jerry Wayne Hill, Jr. (Boyd), daughter Elizabeth Anne Nair (Scot); stepchildren Paige Elrod Overstreet (Jay), and Jason Lamar Elrod; and grandchildren Barbara Ellen Nair, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Nair, John Olan Overstreet IV, and William Dallas Overstreet.
He is also survived by his brothers: Charles Hill (Gloria), James Hill, Joe Hill, and Larry Hill (Lillian); and his sisters: Joyce Tanner (Buddy), Alice Byrd (Ron), Ellen Ellis (Seward) and Norma Poston (Fred).
Jerry was born on February 10, 1941, in Savannah, GA. He moved to Charleston, SC, as a young child and spent most of his life there, attending Chicora High School, then serving in the US Army from 1959-1961. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, in 1961 and they lived and raised their family on James Island, SC.
He spent the majority of his career with Bell (Southern Bell, then BellSouth) in the telecom industry, working in numerous positions, but specializing in developing and testing new technology. His Southern drawl often led coworkers from other parts of the country to underestimate his technical knowledge - but never for very long, as it was clear that he was always one of the sharpest technical people in the room.
Jerry loved beach music, dancing, and making people laugh. He always had a funny story to tell, especially about his younger “roughneck” years. But all who knew him as an adult knew he wasn’t very rough - he was kind and engaging and loving, and always took an interest in the people around him…even if he called you “dahling” or “shug” or “bubba” because he didn’t know or couldn’t remember your name. He was beloved by so many.
A Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at
Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church
113 Scott Rd
Eatonton, GA 31024.
Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A reception will be held following the service at The Stables at Harbor Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gifts be made to Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church (https://onrealm.org/LakeOconeePres/-/form/give/now) or the charity of your choice. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
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