She was born April 1, 1929, in Cherokee County, daughter of the late Elihue Richard and Naomi Howell Abernathy. Mrs. Hill was a member of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, Cartersville, and had retired from the Bartow County School System after 30 years of service, during which she worked in the cafeterias of Adairsville Elementary, Middle and High schools among others. Her interests included crossword puzzles and traveling, having visited all 50 states. She enjoyed going to church and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Thomas Luther Hill Jr. of Adairsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Wayne Buttram of Adairsville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Lavonda Hill of Gainesville, and Mark R. Hill of Adairsville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Donald Abernathy Sr. of Adairsville, Dale Abernathy of Hidden Creek community and Jerry Abernathy of Prattville, Ala. Nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville, with Elder Will Martin, Elder Wayne Peters and Elder Jerry Abernathy officiating. The interment will follow in Old Macedonia Cemetery, Cherokee County. Pallbearers include Nick Hill, Brandon Waters, Brett Buttram, Drew Buttram, Jake Hill and Eric Abernathy.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Barton Funeral Home.
R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mrs. Rachel Hill.