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Paul “Zack” Hill, 85, of Mechanicsville died Nov. 20, 2012, surrounded by family at his home.

Born Sept. 28, 1927, on a family farm in Chaptico, he was the son of the late Francis G. Hill and the late Myrtle L. Thompson Hill.

He went to school in a two-room schoolhouse in Mechanicsville and graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1946.

He began his own family with Dorothy Christine Hill, whom he married on Jan. 28, 1950. They had five children, Paul Z. Hill Jr., and his wife, Chris, Dale A. Hill and his wife, Marcia, Adrian F. Hill and his wife, Shelia, Margaret C. Beavan and Joan E. Bearden and her husband, Mike.

He enjoyed farming, hunting, skeet shooting, visiting friends and spending time with family.

In addition to his wife and children, he is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Nov. 23 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 24 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville, with the Rev. David G. Wells officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Cemetery in Helen. Pallbearers were Johnny Beavan, Adrian F. Hill Jr. Brian Beavan, Kevin Bearden, Adam Smith and Mike Hammond. Honorary pallbearers were Natalie Byrnes, Sarah Smith, Ashley Hammond, Amanda Bearden, Jessica Hill and Melissa Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc., P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.