- Cullman, Alabama

April 22, 2013

Rachel Barker Hill


CULLMAN — Rachel Barker Hill

Rachel Barker Hill of Cullman, Alabama passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, after a valiant battle against cancer. She spent the last weeks of her life peacefully at her daughter’s home in Dallas, Texas where she was surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and dedicated caregivers.

Rachel was born Oct. 31, 1932, in Dentville, Copiah County, Miss., the eighth of 10 children of Robert Barker and Elma Sullivan Barker. She grew up in Dentville and continued to visit and love the family farm there her entire life. She graduated from Hazlehurst High in 1950, Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in 1952 and the University of Southern Mississippi in 1954. She taught school for over 41 years in the states of Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama and was responsible for thousands of children learning math. She moved with her family from Siler City, N.C., to Cullman in 1971 and taught at West Point Elementary for the last 25 years of her career. She devoted her life to her students and her family and was especially proud of her five grandchildren.

Rachel is survived by her husband of over 56 years, Roy Hill of Cullman, whom she met at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in 1951; her three children, Gina Hill (Carl) Christoff of Dallas, Texas, Al Barker (Pam) Hill of Atlanta, Ga., and Andrew Roy Hill of Dallas, Texas; her five grandchildren, Caroline and David Christoff of Dallas, and Elizabeth, Matthew and Brian Hill of Atlanta; her sisters, Reba Murphey of Vidor, Texas, Dorothy Banes of Jackson and Mary Frances Taylor of Sandy Springs, S.C.; and her brothers, Glen Barker of Hazlehurst and Walter Barker of Vicksburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Donald and Robert Barker, and her sisters, Ann Barker and Katherine Hatfield.   

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Pine Bluff-Dentville Cemetery Foundation, P.O. Box 51, Hazlehurst, MS  39083, or the charity of one’s choice.