Viness Monroe “Coach” Hill Jr., 84, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial in East Bridgeport Cemetery. Pastor Joey Vick will officiate. Pallbearers will be Cyril Gloria, Bill Johnson, Ray Freeman, Bobby Steph, Eddie Huckabee and Doug Spillers.
It was Coach Hill’s wish that all the athletes who had played for him be considered his honorary pallbearers.
A final tribute with military honors will be presented by the Wise County Veterans Group Honor Guard.
Coach Hill was born at home July 15, 1929, seven miles south of Stratford, Okla., to Myrtle (Johnson) and Monroe Hill. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Central University in Ada, Okla. He married Loretta Mae Owens Dec. 23, 1953, in Ada.
He began teaching in 1955 and served as a teacher and coach in the Eureka Schools in Baker, Okla., then in Alvord and Bridgeport. Together, he and his wife devoted 88 years of service to educating young people. He retired in May 1988 but continued to teach shop in Bridgeport on a half-time basis until 1993.
He was a member of the Bridgeport First Baptist Church and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He operated a woodworking shop “Hilbilt” until a stroke in July 1994 left him unable to walk. He still managed to garden and mow using a riding lawnmower and tractor.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Hill of Bridgeport; son Randy Hill and wife, Cindy, of Devine; daughter Vinessa Archer and husband, Dwight, of Bridgeport; granddaughters Lacy Barrett of Bridgeport, Stony Liles of Glen Rose and her children Killian and Macy, Dallas Taylor and husband, Matt, of Bridgeport and their children Mayson and Micah, Carlie Archer of Lamesa and Lorenda Archer of Tulsa, Okla.; grandson Cory Hill of Alpine and his daughter Amelia; brother Cletius Hill and wife, Joy, of Oklahoma City; sister Gladys Mercer of Moore, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.