Christian 04

Rev. James Walter Hills

December 23, 1951 ~ May 12, 2020 (age 68)


Reverend James Walter Hills, affectionately known as “J. Walter,” was born on December 23, 1951 at the family home in the Ridgewood section of Columbia, South Carolina to the late James Wesley and Delores Hills.  He transitioned to his eternal resting place on May 12, 2020 at home surrounded by his loved ones.

Reverend Hills was educated in the public schools of Richland County and was a 1970 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School. He was baptized and worked faithfully at his home church, Zion Chapel Baptist Church #1, where he served in several leadership roles.   A few years after graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Tucson, Arizona at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base.  While there, James joined the Gideon Missionary Baptist Church where he was called and licensed to preach on June 1, 1975 under the leadership of Rev. T.S. Jackson. Upon leaving his Air Force assignment, J. Walter returned home to pursue his ministry.  He was ordained on January 10, 1976 by the Gethsemane Baptist Association recommended by his home church. 

J. Walter was an Education Major at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina.  He was also a licensed Counselor by the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors.  

J. Walter’s love for preaching the Word of God enabled him to pastor the following ten churches while touching the lives of many:

             2017 – 2020   Senior Pastor St. Matthew #2 Baptist Church            Blair, SC

            2015 – 2017    Interim Pastor Calvary Baptist Church           Ridgeway, SC

            2011 – 2014    Guest Pastor Lebanon Presbyterian Church   Ridgeway, SC

            2005 – 2010    Senior Pastor Providence Missionary Baptist Church            Columbia, SC

            1999 – 2005    Senior Pastor Second Nazareth Baptist Church          Columbia, SC

            1984 – 1999    Senior Pastor Rock Hill Missionary Baptist    Asheville, NC

            1981 – 1983    Senior Pastor Grace Temple Baptist Church  Tucson, AZ

            1978 – 1981    Senior Pastor Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church    Cayce, SC

            1976 – 1978    Senior Pastor Chapel Hill Baptist Church       North, SC

            1976 – 1977    Senior Pastor Bethlehem Baptist Church       Ridgeway, SC

Pastor Hills’ ministry spanned over 45 years. He was regularly active in the cities, states, and counties where he pastored.  His accomplishments and career affiliations include associations, organizations, civic, religious boards as well as many leadership roles and positions he held throughout the years.  Pastor Hills was loved by many, honored by some and will be missed by all.  

James was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, Ira Mims.

J. Walter Hills leaves to celebrate his heavenly arrival, his devoted wife of 45 years, Wilma Hills; daughter, Renitta Hills, of Columbia, SC; sons, Rev. James Wesley Hills II, (Gavonia) of Columbia, SC and Rev. James Walter Hills II, (Rhyan) of Vancouver, WA; five grandsons, Jaylen Hills of Denver, CO, Jonathan Hoffman of Asheville, NC, James Wesley Hills III (Tre), James Walter Hills III (Tripp), and Justice Hills all of Columbia, SC; one granddaughter, Jaliyah Hills of Columbia, SC; two sisters, Dorthea Samuel (Don) and Ophelia Belton both of Columbia, SC; two brothers, Lafayette Mims (Jayne) of Texas and Paul Hills of Columbia, SC; two brothers-in-law, Willie Minor (Jackie) and Darrell Russell Minor (Sandra); one sister-in-law, Beatrice Cook (Evander) all of Columbia, SC; two goddaughters, Erica Lakin and Jasmine Reales-Canzater;  one godson, Daquan Suber.   He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends who will miss him dearly.

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 Service Program


May 17, 2020

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services
2624 Alpine Road
Columbia, SC 29223

May 18, 2020

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services
2624 Alpine Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Private Interment

Ft. Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229

Private Services

Second Nazareth Baptist Church
2336 Elmwood Ave.
Columbia, SC 29204

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