John Taylor Hill, better known to everyone as JT, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021, at the age of 23.
JT was born on July 8, 1997, in Guntersville, to John Derek and Karla Taylor Hill. A truly special person, JT left an impression on everyone he met, to know was to love him. Always active, JT loved athletics, both watching and playing. In high school, he played basketball and football all through school. He even served as a referee for 7 years.
When not playing sports, he was watching them. He was true fan of UCONN basketball, the Indianapolis Colts, and everything Auburn. JT was a 2016 graduate of KDS DAR School. John Taylor Hill was genuinely a one of a kind person. He was a friend to anybody and everybody who crossed his path. He would walk up with that gleaming goofy grin and you knew you were about to have the same wholesome encounter you always would with him.
Even if it had been days, months, or years since you last saw each other, he acted with the same loving demeanor he always put forth. He loved to make the ones around him the happiest.
He had a hidden passion for rockets and space. He had a lot of knowledge on all things rockets, past, present and future. He didn't share his insight with many but if you were fortunate enough to hear him talk about all the cool things he had learned, you knew he was passionate about it.
He shared the same kind of love for NASCAR, both the video game and real life races. He loved going to the races with his mom. Those days were his favorite memories. He loved so many things and people so strongly, but nothing compared to the love he had for his mother, his best friend, Karla. His mom was his biggest supporter throughout his life and never let him go at anything alone. He always knew that tomorrow was going to be a brighter day and he would never let you forget it either.
He was the best support system and he was this was because that's how he was raised. JT was an amazing friend, son, grandson, brother and uncle. He loved so hard and will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his father, Derek Hill; mother, Karla Hill (Russ Abrams); his sisters, Sarah Bryant (Jarrod), Rachael Abrams, and Ashley Dicks (James); his nieces, Wylie Kate Bryant and Evelyn Dicks; his grandparents, Ann Taylor and James and Bobbie Hill; aunt, Melanie (Tim) Ryan; uncles Daniel (Amandiy) and Adam (Ashley) Hill; and cousins, Graham (Tina) Ryan, Rebecca (Eddie) Cloud, Elizabeth Hill, Adam Hill, Kaylin Hill, Chloe Hill and Ethan Hill.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Billy Jack Taylor, and his great-grandparents, Wiley Pierson and Dolly Johnson.
A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, February 6,) in the Grant Memorial Chapel with Chad Hancock and Kenny Downs speaking. Tanner Fox, Nick Burton, Seth Warren, Michael Havis, Brandon Perez, and Ryan Mock will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow in Free Home Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Grant Memorial Chapel.