Originally created 03/12/06

Mr. Richard Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Native Augustan's legacy is one of unwavering service to Georgia's youth and to the community. Born in Augusta, Ga., on April 17, 1951, Richard Lee Hill entered into rest February 19, 2006, in the city that he loved so much and dedicated so much of his time to. A product of the Richmond County School System, Mr. Hill furthered his education after high school at Augusta College. He would incorporate his educational background with his life skills to become one of the most effective and dedicated employees in the Juvenile Justice System. Richard definitely utilized his time wisely and efficiently, especially when he was ascending the career ladder. He was a faithful and dedicated professional who began his career in State Government serving the troubled youth of Georgia starting in December of 1971 and continued until he retired in June of 2004. His entire career was dedicated to the youth and staff at the Augusta Youth Development Center and his coworkers in Training for Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. He was so dedicated and committed he agreed to come out of retirement and work for the Department for seven months as a Protection from Harm Specialist. Richard held many positions during his career starting as a Janitor in 1971, being a youth worker, moving up the ranks to become a Cottage Life Supervisor, Assistant Director of Cottage Life Services, to the Director of Cottage Life Services, to the Director of the Intensive Care Unit. In May 1997, Richard moved from direct care services to taking his twenty-six years of experience to the classroom when became a Staff Development Training Coordinator 2. He was then in a position to better mold, mentor, and develop new and seasoned staff through training to carry on the legacy he exemplified of providing the best services possible to the troubled youth. Mr. Hill's zeal for life extended beyond the workforce. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. No where was this more obvious than the time he spent as a member of Elim Baptist Church. In addition to his spiritual growth, Mr. Hill gave unselfishly back to his community by conducting Red Cross and CPR Training and speaking to various youth groups in and around the Augusta community. Richard Lee Hill's life was a testament to perseverance and dedication. His home going service provided a window into his unwavering devotion to his colleagues and to the Juvenile Justice System, as people from all over the state of Georgia descended upon Augusta to pay their final respects to a friend and coworker. Albert Murray, the Commissioner of Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice, summed it up best when he said, "the legacy he leaves behind will be exemplified by the accomplishments of the youth he cared for and the staff he trained, that his life was spent in service to others is a lesson to us all." Richard leaves behind a host of individuals that sincerely cared for and loved him, including his wife, children, parents and a host of relatives, extended family and friends. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle March 12, 2006