Darrell “Darnell” Hill, better known as “Coach Hill”, passed away on October 19, 2021 in Arizona. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to the late Easter and Horace (Thomas) Hill on October 3, 1955.
He was a loving, caring husband, father, brother, friend, mentor and coach to many. Darrell was a fantastic athlete growing up. He was hardworking, dedicated, and determined to be the best he could be. He was a very successful coach for many years in Connecticut but in his heart always considered himself a Warhawk after coaching in Bloomfield for many years. He worked at Long Lane Correctional Center for twenty-two years retiring in 2007.
Darrell married his wife Lisa (Longshore) Hill in April 2002. Shortly after retiring, he and his family moved to Arizona. Darrell had a strong faith in God; he constantly prayed for strength and believed God would answer him. Even though he had these many challenges in his life, the most important to him were his wife and sons. He had a great love for his family.
Besides leaving behind his wife, Lisa, Darrell leaves behind to carry on his legacy: Peyton and Myles Hill of Arizona and a special niece and nephew, Ozzie, and Alaiyyah Hill of Middletown. He leaves behind two sisters Alberta Anderson, Middletown and Shirley Ann Hill, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, four brothers Henderson, Jerry, and Henry Jean Hill, all of Alabama, and Fredrick C. Hill of Middletown and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Darrell lost two brothers John Thomas and Horace Hill.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 5th at 10:00 am at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 346 Butternut Street, Middletown. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Family and friends may call on Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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