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Sandersville Mourns Loss of Mayor

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SANDERSVILLE -- A community is in mourning today.  The sandersville mayor Jimmy Hill passed away at the age of 66 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  A flag flies at half staff, and a black ribbon hangs on the door to city hall as the town remembers his legacy.

His daughters gathered today in a room they remember playing in as children to talk about their dad.

"Very active in the town, very active in the community, always wants to make things better in the community," Terri Rhea described her father.

Jimmy Hill served as alderman for several years and was elected to several terms as mayor.  He was re-elected most recently in a 213 special election after Buzz Jack retired.

Bob White, who is currently serving as Mayor Pro-Teim, worked with Hill about 28 years.

"We were so close," White said. "We're family here, and I would talk to him if not every day, every other day."

White said he remembers Hill as a gracious man, a humble man, and a Godly man.

"He was an encourager," White said. "He would encourage us to try new things. That's what I enjoyed about him."

"He was very humble," Hill's daughter Andrea Hill said.  "And it wasn't that he was a people-pleaser, but it was very important to him to do the right thing for the people of Sandersville and to make sure that everyone was treated fairly. And that's what also made him a good daddy, too."

Rhea said they have been overwhelmed with phone calls, text messages, and Facebook messages.

"We just want to say thank you for sharing some of the stories that, as his daughters, we may not even know about, but yet find out another way that he's touched somebody," Rhea said.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no visitation.  A graveside service for Mayor Jimmy Hill will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Old McGill Family Cemetery.

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