William James Hill

Had Served Power Company for 43 Years and
Was Head of Line Department

William James Hill, 57, resident of Chattanooga for half a century and superintendent of lines for the Tennessee Electric Power company, died at 5:55 o’clock Monday evening at his home, 203 Hill Crest, east of Missionary ridge. He had been sick for some time and had been critically ill for several days.

            Mr. Hill’s connection with the power board company began forty-three years ago. Although but a lad then, he evinced enthusiastic interest in electricity and its workings and set forth to learn all he could in this steadily expanding field. His ability was quickly recognized and promotion came to him again and again.

            For many years he had served as superintendent of lines. In this capacity he often braved danger, as it falls the lot of line crews to mend broken wires and do many other things which require both skill and care.

            Mr. Hill was a veteran in the power ranks, esteemed by officials and employees, and ever ready to respond to a call, night or day.

            Mr. Hill was a member of the Highland Park M. E. church, where he served as trustee. He was affiliated with Ridgedale lodge, No. 660, F. and A. M.; Chattanooga commandery, No. 32, Knights Templar; Alhambra temple, Shrine; Ridgedale chapter, No. 208, and the Elks.

            Surviving are his widow, two sons, E. C. and C. W. Hill; a daughter, Mrs. C. H. Hotalen, all of this city, and three brothers, R. H. Hill, of Cumberland, Md.; Herbert A. Hill of San Francisco, Cal., and Walter T. Hill, also of Cumberland, Md.

            Funeral arrangements, in charge of Wann’s, will be announced later.

The Chattanooga Times, September 30, 1930


Submitted by Anne Drury