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Bishop James Hill, the founder of the Hills Tabernacle Pentecostal Holiness Church at 1441 Genesee St., died Thursday (Sept. 18, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He was 72.

Hill, a retired employee of the Chevrolet Plant in the Town of Tonawanda, was born in Ragland, Ala., and lived in Buffalo since 1951.

He served in the Army during World War II and received his calling to the ministry early in life. He founded the Genesee Street church in 1971.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Ann Williams; a son, Billy; a daughter, Janie L. Gray; a brother, Brufford; four sisters, Terry Lee Cooper and Roberta Frazier, both of Gasdon, Ala., Louvernia Turner and Corrie Sayles; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Thankful Baptist Church, 197 Sumner Place. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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