Mr. James Dere Hill
Mr. James Dere Hill, age 73, of Newnan, GA, passed away on July 9, 2013.
He was born in Star Junction, PA, on Dec. 1, 1939, to Norma Faye (Pike) Hill and Jack Wesley Hill, now deceased. He attended Jefferson-Morgan High School where he was the best quarterback that they ever had.
James graduated from Youngstown University in Ohio in 1965 with a degree in business and economics. After graduation he joined Ford Motor Co. in Detroit as a foreman at Michigan Truck Plant. He worked his way up through the ranks and held every salaried position in production while moving to several Ford plants in Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis, and finally settling in Atlanta.
In Atlanta, he was the plant manager of the Ford plant located in Hapeville. He decided to retire in 1999 and enjoyed his retirement going on cruises and gardening. The highlight of his career was when Bill Clinton invited him to the White House to give a speech on the NAFTA agreement allowing the US to ship cars to Japan. He loved to talk about this experience to everyone.
He is survived by his wife, of 51 years, Joan Frances (Schreiber) Hill; daughter, Pamela Hill of St. Louis, MO, Debra Taggart (Craig) of Newnan, GA; brothers, Jack Hill of Peach Bottom, PA, and Cole Hill of Drumore, PA; sister, Sheryl Morey of Safety Harbor, FL; brother-in-law, Frank Schreiber, of Westland, MI; and several nieces and nephews.
Carmichael Hemperley Funeral Home, 135 Senoia Road, Peachtree City, GA; 770-631-9171; www.carmichaelhemperleypeachtree.com .