Dr. T.J. "Doc" Hill

Dr. T. J. "DOC", Hill, Jr. - age 85 of Rutledge, went home to be with the Lord January 21, 2015. He was the last surviving member of the Tenny Jacob Hill, Sr. family. Doc graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a B.S. degree. He went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He served in the United States Navy and was a charter member of the Rutledge Optimist Club.

One of two physicians in Grainger County, he took care of its citizens for over 40 years. He also delivered countless babies at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He was the team physician for Rutledge High School's football team, helped coach Little League baseball, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the University of Tennessee Volunteers play football. A life-long member of Rutledge Baptist Church, he served as deacon, sang in the choir, and was a former member of "The Back Row Quartet." He and his wife, Carol, also enjoyed working in their garden, in the apple orchard, and watching grandchildren play ball.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Carol Cagle Hill of Rutledge; two daughters, Amy Hill Marshall of Meadows of Dan, VA. and Beth Hill (Greg) Bostion of Algood, TN.; son John (Lisa) Hill of Bean Station, TN; six grandchildren, Jason Shelor, Stephanie Bakely Shelor, Carla, Gracie, and Jacob Hill, and Conner Bostion; six great-grandchildren, Austin, Aiden, and Madison Bakely, Steven Belton, Christopher Kelly, and Josiah Shelor.

A memorial service was held Saturday January 24, 2015 in the Rutledge’s Smith-Reagan Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Chandler Vinson officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Rutledge Baptist Church or The American Parkinson's Disease Association.