Richard Franklin Greenhill

b. 20 December 1926, d. 11 August 2013
  • Richard Franklin Greenhill was born on 20 December 1926 in Woodbury, Hill County, Texas.
  • Robert Franklin Greenhill appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Hill County, Texas, at Arnottville School Road. Other members of the household included Richard Franklin Greenhill, Joyce Nell Greenhill.
  • Robert Franklin Greenhill and Stella Stringer appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Woodbury, Hill County, Texas, enumerated next to Stella's parents. Other members of the household included Richard Franklin Greenhill, Joyce Nell Greenhill and Wanda Ruth Greenhill.
  • Richard Franklin Greenhill died on 11 August 2013 at age 86 in Woodbury, Hill County, Texas.
  • He was interred at Ridge Park Cemetery, Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas.
  • The following appeared in The Hillsboro Reporter: Mr. Richard Franklin Greenhill, 86, of Woodbury passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013, with his family by his side following an 18-month battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev. Stanley Lohse officiating. Burial will be at Ridge Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro. Richard was a gentle, loving man dedicated to service in all forms. He was the primary caregiver for his parents during their later years, as well as for numerous aunts and uncles. He proudly served his country in World War II and served his church, community and Hill County in numerous capacities during the nearly seven decades since the end of the war. His family and the wider community will greatly miss the generous spirit of this leading citizen and humble servant, but will find comfort in the knowledge of his soul’s ongoing presence with the Father. Richard was born December 20, 1926, in Woodbury to Robert Franklin and Stella Stringer Greenhill, the oldest of three siblings. His parents and two loving sisters, Joyce Nell Malone and Wanda Ruth Green, preceded him in death, as did his nephew, Mark Steven Malone. There are not enough words or accolades to describe the devotion of Richard to family, community and church. He was a dedicated deacon and Sunday school teacher for over 56 years at Woodbury Baptist Church and a church member for over 72 years. He volunteered years of hard work and commitment to spearhead the effort of turning the old Hill County Jail into the wonderful Hill County Cell Block Museum in Hillsboro, serving as the museum’s executive director until shortly before his death. If that wasn't enough, he also was a board member and president of Woodrow-Osceola Water Supply Corporation, president of Hill County Historical Commission, quarter master for American Legion Post #4, president of Hill County Genealogical Society and an officer of Hill County Farm Bureau. He was instrumental in the formation of Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of Woodbury Cemetery Association. He was also very involved in fund raising and other volunteer efforts which enabled the rebuilding of the Hill County Courthouse after it burned. He was private first class in the United States Army and served as a prison guard in Italy during the late years of World War II. After discharge, he attended Hillsboro Junior College and held positions at General Dynamics and USPS and was a farmer-rancher in Woodbury. Even though Richard never married, he was very close to his nieces and nephews and always a very important part of their lives. He is survived by brother-in-law, Billy Gene Malone; nephews, Thomas Michael Malone and Teresia and Alan Dale Green and Tanya Buchko Green; nieces, Cynthia Malone Anderson and Marsha Lynne Green and Darrell Pargmann; great-nephews, Brandon Steven Malone and Amanda, Nicholas Michael Malone and Julliette, Craig Michael Anderson, Ian Paul Green, Benjamin Thomas Green Pargmann, Luka Alexander Green and Harrison Robert Green Pargmann; great-nieces, Celina Faye Malone, Amanda Renea Kemp and Michael and Maggie Malone Anderson; great-great-nephews, Gunner Michael Kemp and Zachariah Christopher Malone; great-great-nieces, Christina Leanne Morse, Jacie Renee Kemp, Baily Renee Coleman, Bailey Janine Malone and Lexie Isabel Malone; and great-great-great-niece, Ashleigh Rylee McLeroy. Memorials may be made to Hill County Cell Block Museum, P. O. Box 555, Hillsboro, TX 76645; or Woodbury Baptist Church, 2451 FM 309, Hillsboro, TX 76645.
  • Last Edited: 31 Jan 2015