James Robert Hill

James Robert Hill, 82, passed away at his home in Elizabethtown August 17, 2019. He was born in 1937 to Walter Homer Hill and Genevieve Brandenburg Hill in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Robert attended Vanderbilt University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Arts degree in English from George Peabody College for Teachers. He taught English at Lindsey Wilson College and, beginning in 1966, at Elizabethtown Community College. At the college, Robert Hill was a professor of writing, American Literature, and World Literature. Tony York of Glendale, a former student in an American Literature class, says Professor Hill was a mentor to him and represented Intellectual kindness at its best. After his retirement in 1997, Robert Hill began a career as a Fine Art photographer. He trained at numerous workshops and in his home darkroom developed and printed black-and-white photographs of nature scenes and old buildings from Canada, Ireland, Kentucky, Texas, Wyoming, Arizona, and Florida. Robert exhibited his works in Ontario and the Eastern United States, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He published two books of his poetry and photography with Black Moss Press, Sifting the Dust and A Few Good Words. For several years, Robert was a partner in a gallery and gift shop in Big Pine Key, Florida. In Elizabethtown, he raised field trial beagles and was a member of Rolling Fork Beagle Club. Robert Hill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Camille, daughters Anne Armstrong and Yvonne Mallon, and grandchildren Atticus Armstrong and Ben, Drew, Sam, Ella, Zach, Will, and Emme Mallon. Camille is a retired professor of music and French from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College . Anne Armstrong is a teacher of gifted and talented middle school students in Nashville, Tennessee and the author of My Gnome on the Roam a toy and book designed to create stronger, happier kids and more connected adults. Dr. Yvonne Mallon is a Child Abuse Pediatrician in the Center for Child Protection at Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A memorial service is at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, with visitation from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A graveside service is at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Green Hill Memorial Gardens, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Expressions of sympathy may be sent as contributions to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.


Friday, November 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home


Friday, November 15, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home