Roy Thomas Hill

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July 27, 1942 ~ May 26, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Roy Thomas Hill, 80, passed away Friday, May 26, 2023, at his home.

Roy was born July 27, 1942, in Asheville, to the late William Luther and Ruth Mock Hill. He was a US Navy veteran and retired after 30 years as a driver for UPS. He served as an umpire for the City of Asheville Mens Softball League for 30 years and officiated at more than 700 games.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda Ellison Hill; two daughters, Cindy Hill Stamey and Becky Hill Davis; a son, Roy Thomas Hill, Jr. (Jennifer); seven grandchildren, John Davis, Jr., D.J. Norton, Felicia Tesner, Amy Honeycutt, Kayla Burchett, Adam Norton and Kyle Davis; step-grandchildren, Danielle Angel, Dee King, Jason King, Joshua King and Kaitlyn Raines; many great-grandchildren, and a sister Georgia Lee Harrell (Wes). He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by the US Navy Memorial Team.


Memorial Service: June 3, 2023 4:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Mr Hill you were like a Father to all of us Playing ball for you were some of the best times of my childhood You will be missed Fly High Love you always

  2. Rest in peace Roy. You are a beautiful soul in heaven surrounded by all family, friends up there. I wish I can sooth your family through this hard time but I know from my dad passing, only seeing you again will give them the peace they need. To you Cindy! Stay strong for everyone. They need you and you know as well, not everyone can hold up all by themselves. I know your strong, you’ve been through so much. If you ever need a conversation, time away, or help. I’m always a phone call, and 7 hours away. I love you my friend since way back. Chin up. Fist pump. God bless you. 💔🙏😪♥️

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I remember Roy stopping in Arcadia Soda shop almost daily having coffee and working on his route. He always had a smile on his face.

  4. Linda, Cindy,Becky,Roy and the rest of the family I am so sorry for your loss. Roy was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless and comfort you all during this time. Love you all.

    • Roy was the very first UPS driver hired when UPS opened a terminal in Asheville NC…. He went in to represent and set a standard for all that followed . RIP Roy Hill

  5. Lots of great childhood memories popped in my head when I seen this sweet man’s face also remember many talks with him while I played first base when playing Co-ed ball later in life….He was a sweetheart. God bless each and everyone of you.

  6. I always liked seeing him at the ball field at i knew we were gonna have a good ump, i always aggravated him but he was always fun to be around. R.
    I.P. ROY you will be missed but not forgotten.

  7. This is Joanne Carter Gunter, Roy graduated from Lee Edwards High School with me. He was a very nice person. I will pray for his family. He has lead a good life. I am proud to have known him,

  8. Roy has been our neighbor for the past 20+ years. We’ve shared a lot of good times & laughs and just everyday conversations. I could always depend on Roy if I needed advice or anything. Today I’m sad to hear of his passing, because he will be greatly missed. I will never forget you & I will keep your family in my prayers.

  9. I miss you Daddy ! He was my Hero. He will forever be missed ! He was the Daddy every little girl wanted. I love you Daddy !

  10. You will be missed by so many. You were a big part of our softball family for many years while we were growing up. Family, we will continue to keep you all in our prayers🙏

  11. Linda,Becky and Amy
    So sorry for your loss Roy and I go back a lot of years with work and the ball fields I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there but if you need anything I’m just a phone call away
    God bless

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