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1941 Max 2024

Max Arnold Hill

December 17, 1941 — April 22, 2024


Max Hill’s death makes the world feel a little different today.  A beloved figure in Blount County, he died surrounded by his family and free of pain. The memories he has left upon his family and friends will not be forgotten. The Tennessee House of Representative recognized Max on the day of his death for all of his accomplishments and achievement with a moment of silence.

After graduating from Lanier High School in 1960, Max ventured to Washington DC, working in banking and attending night school at University of Virginia. His return to Blount County saw him further his academic pursuits at Hiwassee College and the University of Tennessee.

Cars held a special place in Max’s heart, from the iconic 1961 Ford Starliner that marked his first date with his beloved wife Janice in 1963, to the first antique car that he purchased for $68.00 in 1962.  On January 27, 1967 Max joined forces with his classmate, friend and cousin, James Eli Fields, to establish Hill & Fields Used Cars, a venture that thrives to this day.  It was only natural that he found a hobby, becoming a long-time antique car enthusiast, especially Fords. 

A pillar of the community, Max’s influence extended beyond business as he co-owned multiple enterprises, including Hill’s Market, and actively engaged in farm and real estate, always seeking opportunities for growth and prosperity.  His commitment to Blount County and the Chilhowee View community was unwavering, as evidenced by his instrumental role in helping in the organization of Chilhowee View Community Center and his contributions to the restoration and being on boards and committees of the Sam Houston Schoolhouse. He proudly was a member of the New Providence Lodge #48 Masons, embodying principles of brotherhood and service.

Max was exemplified by his tenure as a Blount County Commissioner for 8 years (1982-1990), where his leadership and advocacy left an indelible mark on the region while serving on Budget Committee and chaired the County Properties Committee, the renovation of school facilities and aid-in home for senior citizens, being an ardent supporter of education. He also pursued political office at the state level, running for Tennessee State Legislature for this district, demonstrating his enduring commitment to civic engagement until his final days.  The community can never forget his artistic skills, which are evident in an extensive number of rock walls within Blount County and recognized on the local news. Max was a main influencer of bringing Pellissippi State Community College to Blount County.

Preceded in death by parents Dave and Ella Hill, brothers Rex (Susie), James “Jim” and David Tex, mother-in-law June Whitehead, sister-in-law Sandra Roberts and step-mother, Evelyn.

Survived by loving wife of almost 59 years Janice, daughter Kelly Hill (Lee) Simerly, granddaughter, Morgan Hill (Eddie) Kloesel, grandson, Shelton Lee Simerly and great-granddaughter, Jennings June Kloesel. Also survived by brother, Luther Hill and sisters, Margaret Satterfield, Nel (Jerry) Tipton and Glenda Storie as well as sisters-in-law, Connie Lorio and Karen McCarthy.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Smith Trinity Chapel. The funeral will follow at 7:00 pm with the Rev. Charlie Lambert. Interment will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at Grandview Cemetery.

He often recited the first poem that he learned in elementary school, The Road Not Taken, to anyone that would listen about a road which represents different decisions we make and how those decisions will affect the future.  Max Hill made good decisions and his memory will endure through the lives he touched and the legacy, integrity and kindness he leaves behind.

Max often told his daughter and grandchildren “just be somebody, and I will take care of the rest”.

Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,

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