Harold Dennis Hill, Sr. was born in Houston, Mississippi in 1935 to Arthur and Amanda. He attended West Point High School and Itawamba Junior College, where he excelled at football.
On March 16, 1953, Harold enlisted in the US Army. He was trained in Ordnance Disposal and was sent to Korea in 1954, where he spent five months clearing mine fields. Upon his return to the states, he underwent additional training at Anniston, Alabama. At 2:30 am reveille he announced to his fellow troops that if he was going to be eaten by a serpent it would be a sea serpent and not the giant rattlesnake that had just crossed his chest. He was discharged from the army in July of 1955 and enlisted in the US Navy the following year.
At Great Lakes Naval training center, he met a young lady by the name of Nathalie. As fate would have it, the Navy sent Harold to Alameda, California to board the USS Windham Bay CVE-92. Nathalie would join him in California where they would marry. Once Harold finished his duties he was reassigned to the USS Missouri in Bremerton, Washington, where he finished his active military service.
Harold and Nathalie would settle in Illinois and have four wonderful children: Robin, Dennis, Kenneth (deceased), and Craig. Harold was employed as a meat cutter and butcher, and in 1989 he and Nathalie would relocate to Missouri. After 39 years of marriage, Nathalie lost her battle with cancer, and Harold remarried a few years later. He spent his remaining years with Wanda Black until her passing in 2019.
Harold was preceded in death by his sisters Clara, Gertrude, Estelle; and brothers Charles, Norman, Douglas, and Ellis.
He is survived by grandchildren Tiffany, Jason, Sean, Jonathan, Cameron, Nathalie, Jessica and Skylar; great-grandchildren Veyda, Christian, Abigail; and great-great-grandson Elisha.
Harold was very proud of his service to our country and was a long time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, with his last years in Forsyth at Post 5168.
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