Funeral services for Oneta Hill, age 82, of Centerville, were held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Pastor Tuffy Loftin, of the Cowboy Church of Leon County, officiated the service. Interment followed in the Brushy Cemetery, northeast of Centerville in rural Leon County.
Serving as pallbearers were Jeff Hill, Lynn Hill, Michael Hill, Stephen Brent, Bob Sherman, Jayden Hill, Starlyn Hill, Kenny Grimes, Logan Brent & Bobby Sherman.
Ruth “Oneta” Hill was born on October 3, 1934 in Flynn, Texas to Levi Lloyd & Lillie Miranda (Collier) Grimes. She was raised in and around the Flynn area. She attended school in Flynn and Concord and graduated from Centerville High School. Oneta worked in various jobs, including George Seale’s Law Office, Starkey’s Grocery and Elmer Stafford’s Grocery. She also worked in a garment factory in Madisonville for a while, as well as, cooking in the kitchen at the Centerville Nursing Home. Oneta was a good cowgirl and worked on the ranch with her husband quite a bit. Oneta later became a caregiver to her mother and father-in-law. When her own parents went to live in the nursing home, she would help feed their meals to them everyday.
One particular skill that Oneta was known for was her excellent sewing ability. She made everything from cheerleading suits and twirling costumes for her grandchildren, to beautiful quilts. If anyone needed a tear repaired, Oneta was the person they called. She also had a knack for always having each person’s favorite food fixed when her family gathered for dinner. It was a special time for her, and Oneta always loved cooking for her family. In earlier years, when Oneta was physically able, she enjoyed working at her church’s Vacation Bible School. This was her favorite church activity and Oneta always looked forward to working at it each year.
Oneta had lived most of her live in Leon County and was a member of the Cowboy Church of Leon County. Oneta passed away on May 13, 2017 in Centerville. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; brothers, Lloyd, Johnny, Douglas, Tommie & Mahlon Grimes and sisters, Anna Mae Goldsmith and Lillie Pearl Southern.
Surviving family members include husband, James O. Hill of Centerville; children, Jim Hill & wife, Wanda, of Centerville and Katy Watson & husband, Larry, of Leona; brothers, Levi “Doc” Grimes of San Antonio and sisters, Lou Ann Black of Rockdale, Lea Ellis of Houston and Jerrie Beery of Wichita, KS. Oneta is also survived by ten grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cowboy Church of Leon County, P.O. Box 1078, Centerville, Texas 75833.
Walters Funeral Home in Centerville was in charge of all arrangements. Please visit www.waltersfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences for the family.