The Reverend Ellis R. Hill, Jr.

The Reverend Ellis R. Hill, Jr.


Let us remember Ellis R. Hill, Jr., who died three months ago; he was the widower of Rev. Lucile Hill who died January 25, 2013. Notice of his death on May 10, 2014 at the age of 80 was received by the conference secretary several days ago. Information about a funeral service and interment is not available at this time.

Ellis was born on April 17, 1934 in Chester, PA to Ellis R. Hill, Sr. and Amanda (Campbell) Hill; the oldest of six siblings. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life at a very early age and was a member of St. Daniels Methodist Church in Chester, PA. Ellis attended Frederick Douglas JHS and graduated from Chester High School. As an adolescent, he was inspired by his grandmother as she taught him the art of cooking. A life-long learner, he continued his education in the culinary arts. For over 25 years he was the head chef at the Beekman Downtown Hospital, a teaching hospital in lower Manhattan. Later, he became food production manager at New York Hospital for over 15 years.

Ellis met and fell in love with his soul mate, Lucile Chambers Hill. They were married for 49 years and he is described as “a caring, devoted, and loving husband, father, grandfather, godfather, son, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend.”

When the Hills moved to New York, Ellis shared a vision of cultivating the community by serving as the St. Albans 204th Street Block Association President for several years. He laid the first brick of the Lucile Hill Theatre of Dance Movement which was a service to the community for over forty years.

As a young adult, Ellis had a melodious singing voice. He became one of the lead soloists at Allen AME Church where he held membership for over 20 years. Ellis and Lucile relocated to Atlanta, GA where he accepted the call to the ministry and was ordained a minister at the School of Genesis Ministry. During the latter years of his ministry he became a member of Epworth UMC where he established the male chorus, directed the senior choir, and led the culinary ministry.

Reverend Ellis completed his assignment on earth, departing this life on May 10, 2014. He leaves behind to cherish precious memories, his loving and devoted family.