Barbara Sue Hill


Barbara Sue Hill died peacefully at the age of 89 on November 15, 2021 at The Peyton House in Lewisburg, WV. Barbara was affectionately called “Babs” by many who knew and loved her. She was born on March 11, 1932 in Prenter, WV.

Babs was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Lt. Col. Donald L Hill; her parents, Ike and Hazel McCormick of Prenter, WV; and her brother and sister-in-law, Jake and Jane McCormick, of Hopkins Fork, WV; and mother and father-in-law Rich and Salome Hill of Seth, WV.

After marrying Don at the age of 22, Barbara traveled extensively as an Army wife and enjoyed making many lifelong friends along the way. She was known for her warm hospitality and a welcoming smile for everyone she met. Upon military retirement, Don and Barbara settled on their farm in Greenbrier County, at Dawson, WV, and she loved her life in West Virginia.

Barbara worked at Kellwood Industries and cooked part-time at Smoot Elementary School, before being employed as a secretary for Princess Beverly Coal Company for several years. She also worked for a time at family-owned Mountain Flying Service.

Barbara was a member of the Rupert Community Educational Outreach Services and will be missed by her friends within the CEOS. She was currently a resident of the Bayberry Retirement Inn in Beckley, WV, where the staff and new friends at Bayberry were wonderful to her.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Greenbrier Valley Hospice and The Peyton House. We are so grateful for the comfort and compassionate care the staff and nurses gave to Barbara in her time of need.

Surviving Barbara are her children, Linda Church (Wayne), and Michael Hill (April), of Dawson, WV; grandchildren, Melanie Hicks (Matt) of Beaver, WV, Jason Gwinn (Kathleen) of Great Falls, VA, Aaron Hill (Megan) of Meadow Bluff, WV, and Autumn Price (Jess) of Lewisburg, WV.

She also leaves nine great-grandchildren: Lindsay Fuller (Tyler) of Pasadena, MD; Tyler Hicks of Beaver, WV; Kaitlyn and Kailey Gwinn of Great Falls, VA; Isabelle and Lacey Hill of Meadow Bluff, WV; Carter Higginbotham, Madison and Saylor Price of Lewisburg, WV; and two great-great-grandchildren, Makenna and Reese Fuller.

Babs is also survived by her sister and best friend, Kay Cowley of Abingdon, VA; much loved nieces and nephews and their families; as well as many friends.

Visitation will be at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, WV, on Saturday, November 20th from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. followed by a brief service. Please help us all stay safe, masks required.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Children’s Home Society in Rupert, WV or The Peyton House or Hospice Care in Lewisburg, WV. Greebrier Valley Children’s Home, 331 7th Street, PO Box 557, Rupert, WV 25984 or The Peyton House or HospiceCare, 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.


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