In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Evelyn Pittman Hill, 1927-2023

Evelyn Pittman Hill, 1927-2023
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Evelyn Pittman Hill, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Thailand, died Sept. 27, 2023, in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was 96.

Evelyn was born on Feb. 17, 1927, in Battleboro, North Carolina, to Ernest T. and Lois G. Pittman. She graduated from Whitakers High School in Whitakers, North Carolina, and studied at Mars Hill Junior College Mars Hill, North Carolina; Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, North Carolina; and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On August 13, 1948, she married Ronald Callahan Hill.

In 1952, the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed Evelyn and Ronald missionaries to Thailand.

They served primarily as church planters and were passionate about the work. Evelyn worked by Ronald’s side as he produced Thai films, worked in administration for the missions organization and cared for Cambodian refugees as well. Evelyn also homeschooled their four children. On the mission field, she put her piano skills to good use, playing for many churches and even, as her obituary reports, mastered the Hammond electric organ for church services at the U.S. Army 809th Engineer Battalion’s camp near Bang Khla, Thailand. Their household became a home-away-from-home for many dearly loved soldiers.

During their 42-year career with the IMB, the Hills served in Bangkok, Chonburi, Bang Khla, Chanthaburi and Lampang.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Ronald Hill.

She is survived by her children: Robert (Ellen) Hill of Harrisonburg, Virginia; Neal (Mychelle) Mollot of Ottawa, Ontario; Jonathan (Mary Jane) Hill of Carrboro, North Carolina; Deborah Hill of Greensboro and her partner Steve Styers; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Oct. 7, at Lawndale Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, with burial at Westminster Gardens Cemetery.

Read an obituary here.