Arthur L. Hill

Mr. Arthur L. Hill, 91, of Athens, Tenn., died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Morning Pointe in Athens. 

He was born in Gilmer County to the  late Lawrence and Ethel Gates Hill. 

He is preceded in death by daughter, Carol Srymanske and husband, Jay Wesley Srymanske. 

He joined the U.S. Army and proudly served in World War II and the Korean conflict, retiring in 1984 as a major. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he began a career in the firearms industry, allowing him to pursue his lifelong passion of shooting and hunting. In 1968, after years of competing in the Army and as a civilian, he earned the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. 

At age 76 he retired and spent more time gardening, hunting and fishing; always eager to share the harvest with family and friends. 

He is survived by wife of 66 years, Bess Gudger Hill; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sarah and Dr. Chris Maynard, of Athens and Annette Anderson, of Blue Ridge; son and daughter-in-law, David and Susan Hill, of British Columbia, Canada; six grandchildren, Chris Maynard, Amanda Pacheco, Connor Hill, Roy Srymanske, Drew Anderson and David Anderson; and five great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with family and friends officiating.  

Memorials can be made to the E.G. Fisher Public Library, 1289 Ingleside Avenue, Athens, TN 37303 or your local library.

Condolences can be made at

Bernhardt Funeral  Home was in charge of arrangements. 

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