"Dignity without Compromise"

James Wilson Hill

James Wilson Hill was born in Okmulgee on May 7th 1916 to Mary Alice and DeForest Hill. He attended Preston High School where he graduated in May of 1934. After graduating he moved to Tulsa where he worked and resided. On May 10, 1941 he married his wife of 65 years, Euwl Dean (Shaw) Hill, and together they raised three children, a daughter and two sons. He received an honorable discharge as well as a thank you letter from General Omar Bradley in the winter of 1941. Returning to Tulsa and shortly before the birth of his daughter, James went to work for American Airlines where he worked until his retirement 32 years later. Starting out in the paint shop he worked his way up to becoming an aircraft overhaul inspector, a position he would hold for 22 years. Their kids grown and gone, James and Dean returned to the city of his birth in 1967 where they bought a farm and built a home. An avid deer hunter, in 1942 James and friends from work began making a hunting trip to Colorado which quickly became a tradition that would last over 40 years. Although he no longer attended the yearly hunting trip after his retirement, he and his grandson did return one last time in 1980. Jamesís life cannot be measured by the dates from beginning to end, but by the dash in between. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, 10 grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 3, 2006 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery with VFW Post 1189 of Okmulgee and VFW Post 539 of Henryetta conducting military honors. Friends may visit the funeral home on Sunday from 1-8 P.M. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Online condolences may be sent at