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Terence A. Hill

May 24, 1964 ~ July 3, 2019 (age 55)

Obituary

Terence A. Hill (more affectionately known as Terry or T-Bird) was born May 24, 1964 in Dickinson, North Dakota and was called home by the Lord on July 3, 2019 while in Las Vegas, NV. He was preceded in death by his father Vincent R. Hill; survived by his mother, Gloria Y. (Ray, Hill) Binford; his two children with Earlena Giddings, Tyler Ashton and Jessica Ashley; his sisters, Janalee Y. (Hill) Richards (Michael-Big Mike), Ronda W. Hill, and Valecia Hill; his brother, DeMoris (DeMo) J. Binford; his niece Krystian (Sissy) L. (James) Corona (Santos); nephew, Ramon-Jai V. Hill-James; great-nieces, Khloie Mae Corona, Layla A. Hill-James, and Hayley E. Hill-James; and great-nephew, Gage V. Hill-James. His extended family includes: his Godmother and Aunt, Jewell J. Perkins, and two Uncles, Michael W. Hill and Steven L. Hill, as well as a host of first cousins, second cousins, additional family members and tons of friends. When Vince went to serve in the Vietnam Conflict, Gloria returned home to East Moline, IL, to be with family. Terry attended McKinley Elementary School, Glenview Junior High School, and graduated from United Township High School in 1982. Terry excelled as an Outstanding Athlete where he earned his letters in Track and Field (Indoor 60-yard Dash, Outdoor 100-yard Dash, 200- yard Dash, 4x100 Relay, and High Jump) – per his classmates, Terry earned the nickname the TBird/Birdman for the way he flew down the track, and Football (Defensive Linebacker and Special Teams). He studied mechanical drafting and fell in love with the 1964 Thunderbird. Terry decided not to pursue a partial scholarship to the University of Notre Dame and traveled to Las Vegas on a dare with Wayland S. Jenkins. Wayland and Terry rode the Greyhound bus with a big brown bag of fried chicken and other assorted goodies for the road trip. He stayed with our sister Janalee for a while and became interested in telecommunications. He attended Apollo Tech Las Vegas where he learned all aspects of telephony. He became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 396 as a Phone Technician. His employment career included Centel Business Systems, Southwest Communications, and Black Box, to name a few. He found his forever job with University Nevada Las Vegas in July 2013. He was absolutely in love with his new position. He used to say that one of his highlights each day was a walk to the 7-11 on Swenson for snack break and keeping candy on his desk for his fellow “women” co-workers. He said that he would share with Mr. Jeff, but just a little. Although Terry and Earlena divorced, they remained the very best of friends. Earlena’s parents, Melba and Earl, could always count on Terry to assist with any project or issue they may have had. Terry was baptized and remained a member of the A.M.E. Church. Although he may not have attended church every week, he believed 100% in our heavenly father. He assisted with the Cub Scouts through the church when Tyler was young and assisted with issues that arose at the church when called upon. He loved comic books and was an avid collector from a young age. With new technology he became intrigued with the artwork in many collections. His tablet was full to overflowing with his reading material. He played the Bass Guitar during his teenage years, but was a lover of many genres of music and artists including Jazz, Country (hello Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks and Clint Black), Reggae (Bob Marley, of course), and a little Rap (Tupac for sure). His favorite pastime was watching westerns and movies, especially Rifleman, Walker Texas Ranger and any scary horror flick. Chuck Norris was his guy. He was in his element when he met Clarence Gilyard, who is a professor at U.N.L.V. Terry said he just couldn’t bring himself to ask how it was to work with Chuck. He loved Nia Jax and the WWE – Khloie, Snap! Terry loved his family with such a big heart. All who knew him or ever encountered him will sorely miss him. Rest in peace Mon Frère (my brother)!

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
July 20, 2019

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Gaines Chapel AME Church
311-19th Street
East Moline, IL 61244

Funeral Service
Saturday
July 20, 2019

11:00 AM
Gaines Chapel AME Church
311-19th Street
East Moline, IL 61244

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