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James Hamilton Hill II passed away May 10, 2009, in Katy at the age of 72.

James, affectionately known as Jim or Jimmy, was born on Sept. 11, 1936 in Evanston, Ill.

Jim grew up in Houston and graduated from St. John’s Episcopal School in 1955. 

Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oklahoma.  He later transferred to the University of Houston, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1961.

He then received a commission in the US Army and served as “Officer in Charge” of the Reserve Program for the Fourth Army. He served active duty in the Adjutant General Corp at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio until he received an honorable discharge as a Second Lieutenant in 1963.

Jim then began a new career, starting a real estate business in Houston.  From 1963 until 1997, Jim was a partner in the real estate firm of Hill-Thompson, Inc. He continued in the real estate business until 2001, when he retired.

During his professional career, Jim was an active member of the Houston Rotary Club. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Austin County Appraisal District from 1983 until 1990.  He also served on the Bellville Independent School board from 1984 until 1988. 

Jim was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for Gulf Coast duck hunting and fishing. He held in his heart a lifetime of memories associated with the St. Charles Bay Club in Rockport, where he grew up hunting and fishing with his family.  He was a second-generation member of St. Charles Bay Club, and served as a former member of the Board of Governors and the Finance Committee for the club.  Jim was also a strong supporter of Ducks Unlimited.

Jim’s kind heart and sense of humor will be greatly missed by those who loved him.


His parents Gillette and Alma Hill, his brother, Otis Hill, and beloved family friend, Andrea Snakness, preceded Jim in death.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nita; daughter, Angela Hill of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Cynthia Sanford and her husband, Robert, and children: Taylor Ford, Jack Ford, Caroline Ford, and Robert Sanford of Dallas; daughter, Beverly Beckendorff and husband, Travis, and sons, Trenton and Brendon Beckendorff of Sealy.  His half-sister, Donna Lind, and her husband, Ray of Palm Coast, Florida, also survive him.

Visitation with the family to honor Jim was held on Wednesday, May 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, located at 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, followed by graveside services at Park Forest Lawndale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ducks Unlimited or to a local animal shelter of your choice.

Posted by Joy Neely


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