Mr. Roger Dale Hill
April 09, 1947 - January 05, 2012


Photo Courtesy of Howie Hodge

 

MEMORY BOOK
Moody Funeral Services

 

Mr. Roger Dale Hill, 64 of Westfield, NC passed away Thursday at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem. He was born in Patrick County on April 9, 1947 to the late James Alvin Hill and Virginia Gray Hill of Westfield NC. Roger was the proud owner of Hill Enterprises for over 25 years and a W.M.T. series race car, known as “Hillbilly Racing”. He loved racing second only to his family. His other hobbies included maintaining corn hole champion status with his friend, “Yankee Jon” and collecting “Roger’s menagerie of animals” which included but was not limited to horses, donkeys, llamas, emus, miniature horses and donkeys, and peacocks.
 
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandra Hamm Hill of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David Hill & Susan Gammons of Westfield and Dale Hill & wife, Amanda of Westfield; his mother, Virginia Gray Hill of Westfield; six grandchildren, Derrick Hill, Tara Hill, Allison Hill, Dale Jr. Hill, J.D. Gammons and Casey Gammons; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jerry Hill & wife, Jessie and James Michael Hill all of Westfield; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Renae Harper & husband, Mark of Apex, NC and Tammy Merritt of Westfield, NC; a honorary son, Daniel Hemrick of Kannapolis, NC and a special friend, “Yankee Jon” Jon Siglain of Westfield, NC.

Funeral services for Mr. Hill will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 3:00pm at State Line Primitive Baptist Church with Pastor Dr. Jerry Whitlow, Rev. Ricky Rogers, and Rev. Bobby Dalton officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart, Virginia and other times at the home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Stateline Cemetery Fund, c/o Carroll Dalton, 1448 Stateline Church Road, Westfield, NC 27053. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com .

Published 1-8-12 Moody Funeral Services

Whelen Modified Car Owner Passes
Roger Hill Fielded Cars For More Than Two Decades

Roger Hill had an association with the Whelen Modified Tour that dated to the late 1980s.

By Jason Cunningham & Tim Southers, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours lost a member of the family Thursday after Roger Hill, owner of the No. 79 and No. 19 cars, passed away following a brief illness.

Hill and his wife, Sandra, have owned cars that competed in the Whelen Modified Tour since the 1980s. Based in Westfield, N.C., Hill’s team – Hillbilly Racing – trekked to the northeast to compete full-time in the Whelen Modified Tour year after year. Since the Whelen Southern Modified Tour was formed in 2005, the team has also often competed in those events on weekends that did not conflict with the northern-based tour.

“Roger will be greatly missed as a competitor in both modified tours,” said NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Director Chad Little. “But it’s his passion for the tours that will be missed the most. His dedication to NASCAR modified racing is nearly unparalleled.”

Hill made 46 starts as a part-time driver on the Whelen Modified Tour from 1988 until 1996, when he stepped out from behind the wheel. The team has featured multiple drivers in the seat since that time, most recently James Civali in 2011. Daniel Hemric was tabbed by Hill to pilot the No. 79 for 2012.

Hillbilly Racing has enjoyed success through the years with Roger and Sandra’s son, David, leading the team as crew chief. Hill’s legacy in NASCAR modified racing extended to a third generation in 2011 when David’s son, Derrick, made his debut behind the wheel of the Hillbilly No. 19 in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Bowman Gray Stadium.

Aside from his dedication to the sport, the personal touch and generosity that Hill brought to the sport will also be remembered and missed throughout the racing community.

“I valued my relationship with Roger very much,” Little said. “He always took the time to help me understand a competitor’s perspective in a respectful manner, and I appreciated that. He was instrumental in my learning process since I became the series director.”