The patriarch of Hills Funeral Home was Mr. Percy Hill, Sr. who was the son of Mr. Frank Hill and Edna Graham Hill. He grew up in Robeson County, attended A. & T. University in Greensboro before starting a position with Prevatte Funeral Home in Fairmont, NC and Shaw Funeral Home in Lumberton, NC. He loved the funeral service, work, and decided to pursue his dream to own a funeral home.
Two years later in 1952 he purchased the business from Prevatte and established Hills Funeral Home. He became a licensed funeral director and for many years Hills was the only predominantly Black funeral home in the southern part of the county with offices in Fairmont, Lumberton and Rowland, NC. He managed the business with the assistance of Mrs. Ilar McDonald who was also a licensed funeral director. She served as Assistant Manager to Mr. Hill and Percy Hill Jr. until she retired. Percy Hill Sr. passed away on October 15, 2004 at the ripe and rich age of 94 years. Mrs. McDonald still lives in Fairmont and continues to be a resource to the business.