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PAUL HUBER HILL– Was Decorated for Gallantry by Gen. George S. Patton
Paul Huber Hill, 76, of Hickory, died at 8 am Monday, February 23, 1998, at Allegheny University Hospitals, Canonsburg, following a two-week illness.
He was born September 29, 1921, at Gretna, a son of Huber and Anna Mary Briggs Hill.
Mr. Hill attended area schools and Penn Tech Institute.
He was Protestant and for many years was associated with Atlasburg Church of the Nazarene.
Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Washington Steel, and was a member of Local 7139
During World War II he served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre with Co. E., 301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, with the Third Army.
He was personally decorated for gallantry in action by Gen. George S. Patton in Germany, where he was awarded the Silver Star.
He participated in four major campaigns and was awarded four Bronze Stars. He received several other medals including the Expert Combat Infantry Badge. He was a member of Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.
On September 4, 1947, he married Dorothy Dagnana, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Alan A. Hill of Canonsburg; a brother, Roy M. Hill of Hickory; a sister, Ora Hughey of Smith Township; and a grandson, Kevin A. Hill.
Deceased are two brothers, Harry and Wray Hill; and two sisters, Emma E. Nelson and Ruth Hill.

Alexander Leslie Hill,
54, of 403 Burton Avenue, a veteran of the World War and well known oil field worker, died Monday evening, March 24, at 6:30 o’clock in the Veterans Hospital at Aspinwall. He had been ill with a heart condition for two years.
A son of Demas L. and Malissa Latta Hill, both deceased, Mr. Hill was born at Beallsville, Sept 28, 1886.
Mr. Hill served with the 308th Ammunition Train, 157th Field Artillery, 32nd Division during the World War and was in France for a year. He was a member of Edwin Scott Linton Post No. 175., American Legion.
Mr. Hill married Miss Lillian Gooch at Fort Worth, Tex., April 28, 1921. A son, A Leslie Hill, Jr. of Dormont, and the following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Irene Ritchey, Dormont; Miss Mabel Hill, New York City; Edgar Hill, Washington; Huber Hill, Washington and Grant Hill, Jennings, Okla.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 pm at the Bebout & McNary Funeral Home, Ridge Avenue. Burial will be in Beallsville Cemetery.
Members of the Edwin Scott Linton Post in uniforms and caps, will meet at the post home this evening at 7 o’clock to attend special American Legion services which will be held at the Bebout & Mcnary Funeral Home a 7:30 o’clock. Commander Calvin C. Conley will be in charge.

Scenery Hill, PA. Jan 2 (Special) – Grief stricken parents today are waiting here to learn how their oldest daughter, on a mission to help others, died in a remote province of Northern India.
A brief telegram informed Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smiley last week that their daughter, Marjorie, was killed when she fell from a footbridge over a mountain torrent near Dhachula.
“They said it would be at least 10 days before we could hope to receive any news,”
Mrs. Smiley said.
The telegram from the Evangelical Alliance Mission Board in Chicago explained that their daughter had died in a remote area. 4 days by messenger from the nearest communication center.
“Hard to Understand”
“It’s hard to understand things like this,” Mrs. Smiley said. “She only had arrived at Bombay Nov 6 and must have just started on her duties.”
Mrs. Smiley explained that her daughter had always wanted to help others. “She had been preparing for a career like that for 10 years – ever since she started in Centerville High School,” the mother said.
Father in Hospital
Her father, an ambulance driver for the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp, mine in Washington County, is in South Side Hospital, Pittsburgh, with a broken leg. He slipped and fell Wednesday while painting the kitchen of his home.
“She was not an intensely religious girl.” Mr. Smiley said. “She was more interested in helping people than converting them.”
He said she could have gone overseas earlier if she had accepted the sponsorship of one particular church.
“But she didn’t want that.” He explained. “She wanted to belong to a non-denomination group. She felt that she could accomplish more that way.”
He said his daughter was buried near the spot where she was drowned near the Tibetan border.
“We’re waiting for more news before we can decide whether she can be brought home for burial,” he said. “It will require at least 10 days for bearers to bring her out to a town where transportation is available.
Mr. Smiley too found his daughter’s death hard to understand.
“All that work and it’s ended so soon,” he said.
Miss Smiley had prepared herself well. After graduating from high school in 1943, she went to the Moody Bible School in Chicago where she learned ways to bring Christianity to people.
Later, she became a nurse at a Chicago hospital so that she could bring health to stricken people as well.
“She finally achieved her ambition last October when she was assigned as a non-denominational missionary to India,” Mrs. Smiley said. “She was happy because she was doing what she always wanted to do.”

Word had been received in Centerville of the death of Mrs. J. W. Garland, of McComb, Miss. She will be remembered as the wife of the late Rev. J. W. Garland, pastor of the Centerville and Taylor Methodist churches from 1921 to 1924.

Charles R. Waltz
, above a veteran of World War I and long active in Legion affairs died in his home, 673 Donnan avenue March 19 of a coronary occlusion.

Friends of Mrs. Margaret Webeck Thistlethwaite, 48, wife of Lee Thistlethwaite, who died at her home, 445 Duncan Avenue, Washington, Wednesday Feb 4, 1948, will be received at the Graham P. Cowieson Funeral Home Maiden Street and Le Moyne Avenue, from 6 to 10 pm Thursday, Fed 5, `948. The body will be removed to the McDonough & Greenlee Funeral Home Beallsville where friends will be received from 10 am Friday Feb 6, 1948. Services will be held at the McDonough & Greenlee Funeral Home Saturday, Feb 7, 1948 at 2 pm in charge of Dr. W. F. Harkey, Third Presbyterian Church. Interment in Taylor Cemetery, McDonough & Greenlee, Beallsville, funeral director.

Charles E. Willock
, 83, of Beallsville, died in the Washington Hospital Saturday, Oct 23, 1954 at 8:15 pm.
He was born at Centerville, August 11, 1871, and for the past 29 years he operated a refreshment stand at no 11 tee Nemacolin Country Club. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Carroll, Beallsville, and Mrs. Louella Clutter, Canonsburg; three grandchildren, Bernice Hale, Bakersfield, Calif., Beatrice Rodocker, Beallsville, Sara Jane McCoy, Canonsburg. Eight great-grandchildren survive.

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