Our beloved Hattie Louvenia Marsh Lewis Hill, the seventh of fourteen children of Lawrence and Cora Marsh was born on February 1, 1911, in Chatham County, Siler City, North Carolina. She peacefully departed this life, Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the remarkable age of 112. Hattie was the last surviving sibling.
Hattie grew up in a Christian family who stressed the importance of being active in the church. At a young age, she became a member of Gees Grove AME Zion Church in Siler City where she remained a faithful member until she became an adult and relocated. The church was viewed as an extension of one’s educational and social experience. Hattie attended elementary school where she completed the eighth grade, the highest level offered to African Americans who lived in Chatham County at that time. Years later, she completed requirements for a high school diploma through the GED program.
In her early adulthood, Hattie moved to Southern Pines, NC. While living and working there, she attended First Missionary Baptist Church. She met and married Robert Lewis. They moved to Birmingham, Alabama. To this union a son, Robert, Jr. was born.
In 1945, Hattie joined Convent Avenue Baptist Church in New York. She was a member of the Tri-State Club and the Lotus Blossom Club. She worshipped faithfully, and even in declining health, she always insisted on attending church on Senior Saints Day. She was always glad to receive visits, calls and information from her church.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Lawrence and Cora Marsh; son, Robert Lewis, Jr.; her husbands, Robert Lewis and Vincent Hill; her thirteen siblings; and several nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece.
Those who remain to cherish loving memories are her niece, Renea Lloyd; nephews, Dwane Stevenson, Samuel Marsh, John Lawrence Headen (Judy), and Bobby Headen (Dorothea); niece-in-law, Laura Marsh; a devoted family member and primary caretaker, Joyce Flowers (Lloyd); several great, great, and a host of great great, great nieces, nephews, and cousins; two dear friends, Lucille Goldwire and Deborah Pinckney.
Hattie’s family expresses its sincere gratitude and appreciation to her Primary Care Physician, Dr. Jessica Cook-Mack; her exceptional caregivers, Marie St. John and Norma Ramirez; other health aides, doctors, and nurses who cared for Hattie over the years, and hospice staff from Visiting Nurse Service for the loving care they provided her.
While we mourn the loss of our dear loved one, we celebrate her life and the memories we hold so dear. With sincere appreciation, we thank the clergy, various organizations and members of Convent Avenue Baptist Church, friends, and health care workers for the numerous acts of kindness, prayers, and visits during Hattie’s illness and during our time of bereavement.
May God Bless and Keep You.
The Family of Hattie Louvenia Marsh Lewis Hill
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ENTRUSTED TO
George Weldon Funeral Home 353 EAST 116 TH Street, New York, NY 10029 & McLeod Funeral Home, formerly Simon Funeral Home 151 South Hardin Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387.