Johnny Earl Hill went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on February 2, 2018 at 6:44am.
He was born September 28, 1944 in Oxnard, California to the late Leslie B. Hill and Odessa Giles (Murry). He was the youngest of three brothers and one sister.
He was a longtime resident of Oxnard, California and graduated from Oxnard High School in 1963.
John became a fire fighter for the City of Oxnard, in 1970, where he served for many years until injured while battling a home fire. As a retired firefighter, he stayed active with getting his A.A. from Oxnard College in 1976 and new occupations as a school bus driver for special needs children and delivery driver for D’Angelo and Sons.
In 1975, he started coaching girls’ softball and was dedicated for 20 years at “Petticoat Softball League”. He hosted barbecues, pool parties and slumber parties for his softball girls each year and cherished the relationships they had.
John was also dedicated to his membership and role as treasurer for the “Monday Night Football Club” comprised of his childhood friends. The Monday Night Football Club rotated hosting Monday Night Football, performed acts of community service.
Most importantly, John was a man of faith. He accepted the Lord at a very young age. He sung in the Men’s church choir and taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Trinity Baptist Church. He later joined Calvary Chapel of Oxnard and became a Greeter, Usher, Elder, and teacher for Sunday school and VBS. If you were family or a neighborhood kid, John was going to make sure you got to church and VBS.
John was a loyal husband to Pam Hill. Together they patterned their union according to biblical standards, which blessed them with 45 years of happy memories. Without fail, John would assure Pam knew he loved her with his big hugs, unexpected gifts and sweet notes around the house. Until his passing they enjoyed ministering God’s word at Shoreline Care Center, and when parting he would say, “We love you, but God loves you best”.
He was a magnificent father, grandfather and uncle. If you played a sport, he would be there. If you had a speech at church, he would be there. If you lived a distance he would still assure his presence in your life. If you found yourself in a bind, you may get a good long lecture, but he was still going to help you out. These types of actions extended beyond immediate family and rest assured; if you were in John’s life, he would love you as his own.
To know John was to know he had great sense of humor. If you were on the softball field you may hear him say “hey killa”. If you didn't steal the base when he said go, he would shout “you big dummy”, but then later he would call you “my heart”. He was famous for giving you a new name such as, Tasha Poo Poo, Iris, Chasa Dine Friend of Frankenstein, Jess the Mess, Fatso Matso Watso, Sabrinie, Poster, Kelly Jr., Silver, Shelly, The First Lady or often he wouldn't say your name he would simply say nephew, niece, grandson, grand-daughter, which was usually proceeded by a huge bear hug. He told everyone they were his favorite and always loved to say, “I just love ya wub-ya wub-ya”. Most importantly by a card or in conversation he would remind you “Keep God First in Your Life”.
John was preceded in death by his mother Odessa Murry, fathers Leslie B. Hill and Forest Murry, older brothers Willie “Bill” Earl Hill and Bobby Joe Hill.
Those left to cherish his memory is wife Pamela Hill, sister Louise (James) Washington, daughters Shavonda (Reginald) Barber and Monica Hill, son Mark Lee, grandchildren Lashaye Bellamy, Kevin and Kelvin (Maria) Harris, Sabrina (Mikel) Trapp, E.J. Ferguson, Matt, Mike, Mariyah, Montre’ - Lee, great grandchildren Samiyah Mitchell, K.J. and Camden Harris, Nova and Nyla Trapp and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
February 17, 2018 at 11 am, Calvary Chapel of Oxnard, 1925 Eastman Ave. Oxnard, CA 93030.
Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Rd, Camarillo CA 93012
St. Paul Baptist Church, 1777 Statham Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93033