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CT Hill

The son of the late Thomas Landis Hill and Lois Virginia (Beasley) Hill, CT Hill grew up on the family farm in the Nashville area and graduated from Madison High School. In 1961, he moved to Martin to attend the University of Tennessee Martin Branch (now the University of Tennessee at Martin), where he met his first wife, Brenda Carolyn Harrison. They had two children, Charles Thomas and Julie Ann. They were married for 33 years. Brenda Hill died in 1997.
Over a long and varied career, Mr. Hill worked in the construction and insurance businesses and as a truck driver. In 1998 he married Lagena Owen. The two shared a robust life together, including several years team driving, and later worked to promote the revitalization of downtown Martin. Most recently, Mr. Hill enjoyed considerable success as a craftsman, creating well-regarded furniture pieces and other artistic works. A devoted son, husband, father, friend and civic servant, Mr. Hill was active in the local arts community and supported numerous philanthropic endeavors.
He is survived by his wife, Lagena Owen Hill; his children, Charles Hill and Julie Hill, and Julie’s husband, David Coffey; his grandchildren, Payton Hill and Kennedy Hill; his step-granddaughter, Fallon Brooke Erwin; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Myra Bryant, Beverly Hill, Peggy Pinnell and Sheila Hill; his brother, Gaius Hill; and survivors that include Matthew and Millicent Rosenthal and Benjamin Rosenthal.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Lois Hill Davis.
No formal services will be held, but family and friends are invited to a gathering “Celebrating CT” on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Julie and David Coffey in Union City.
Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial award in Mr. Hill’s name will be established to annually recognize the spirit, commitment and community service of a deserving UT Martin music student. Donations may be sent to the UTM Percussion Studies Gift Fund, Development Office, 314 Hall-Moody Administration Building, 554 University St., Martin, TN 38238; or to Cobb’s Chapel Cemetery in care of Mayme Denton, 3623 West Main St., Union City, TN 38261.
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