Edgar Earl Hill, 91, of Brownwood passed away July 13, 2019 in Temple.
Graveside services for Earl will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Edgar was born May 4, 1928 to Homer Coleman Hill and Eva Mae (Davenport) Hill. He was born and raised in Sabinal, where he attended school, and graduated from Sabinal High School. After high school, he worked various jobs before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After returning home from the Army, he met the love of his life, Lavena Dabney. They married on July 14, 1953. God knew what he was doing when he put these two together. Completely opposite in every way yet enmeshed into best friends, they were inseparable. They worked together to make a wonderful life for themselves and their children.
Earl’s working career started at Trans Texas Airlines. After a couple years there, he became an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA. This led to the adventures of moving to several cities in Texas; from west Texas to south Texas. His Air Traffic Controller career was cut short at the age of 46 when he had to take an early medical retirement. Soon after, he started a very successful Rubber Stamp business in San Antonio. Earl was a member of the Church of Christ and served as a deacon at Oak Hill Church of Christ in San Antonio for several years. Upon deciding to semi-retire, he and his wife moved to Brownwood to be closer to relatives.
Earl learned to play the guitar when he was younger and decided to start playing again. This led to him forming a band called, “The Texas Travelers.” It wasn’t long before his band started going to the Rio Grande Valley playing at various venues. Earl played the rhythm and bass guitar. He was also the front man, which came naturally for him. He and his bandmates were a chit everywhere they played. Although he could play any genre of music, Western Swing was what he and his band loved to play. Earl was inducted into Washington, California and Oklahoma Western Swing Hall of fames. A short time later, his band was also inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. Earl loved and lived life to the fullest. He was always smiling, and never met a stranger. One of his favorite things to do was to be with people. He loved to sit and talk and get to know people; he was very unassuming, and never bragged of his accomplishments. His most favorite thing to do was being with his family. He loved when his grandkids and great grandkids filled up the house at family gatherings. Earl touched the hearts of everyone he met and will be greatly missed by so many.
Left to cherish his memory are, his bride, as he called her, Lavena; daughter, Ruthie Hill Bean of Brownwood; son, Sonny Hill and wife Emberly of Azle; grandchildren, Carrie Sharpe Bloomer, Hayden Bean and wife Bridget, Bree Bean, all of Brownwood, Brad Hill and wife Whitney of Abilene, Tara Sutton and husband David of Hawley; great-grandchildren, Gavin Bloomer, Coley Sharpe, Carter Bean, Bennett Bean, Kamryn Hill, Cooper Hill, Addison Sutton and Luke Sutton. He is also survived by a host of friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Billy Gene (Dean) Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Cherokee Home for Children (13355 TX-16, Cherokee, TX 76832) Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.