Sallie Hill


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In the winter of 1938, on January 30th, Sallie T. Hill (also known as Sallie Fleming, Gi-Gi and Aunt Sal) was born to the loving, late Sue and Waddell Fleming Sr.

Sallie grew up in The Hill District and was educated through the Pittsburgh Public School system, graduating from Bellefield Vocational High in 1956, with a flair for cosmetology and style. Soon thereafter, James Hill danced into Sallie’s path. The two were married and the new bride gave birth to firstborn Sabrina and nearly a year later to the day, Jimmy Hill had arrived.

Young Sallie leapt into adulthood as a self-proclaimed partier who loved life, music and people. Her plans, however pedestrian, would change course after the dissolution of her marriage and God, through pain and anger and growth, would chart Sallie on a new dramatic trek.

Sallie credits her father Waddell for instilling her with a sense of drive, work ethic and independence before his passing in 1978. This would be the seed of her recompense.

She worked at Central Medical Hospital before starting a career with the Hyatt Regency that spanned nearly forty years of service industry work until retiring from both the Marriot and the Renaissance hotel, respectively. In her spare time, Sallie also sold and delivered Avon, helped to establish and pillar Rapha Ministries Church in Homewood, helped raise a pair of spitfire teens (Shamar and Josiah Jr.) and cared for her ill-fallen mother Sue before her passing in 1998.

Sallie also fell in love again - but this time with Christ. She would find resolve in the arms of He and become a student once more, but now under the word of The Almighty. The spiritual guidance and stoicism that covered her created the venerable woman that we all know today.

It was in this life altering turn that Sallie would gather and embrace an eclectic, variable collection of friends and peers from all walks of life and lose any sense of judgement and discrimination of others. From petty criminals to businesswomen, celebrities to shut-ins, Catholics to politicians, Sallie was welcoming and accepting of all - offering anyone her insight and blessings from her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She took pride in trying to be a better Christian by encouraging others to stay on a straight and narrow personal path.

In retirement, Sallie would grow ill, but in her twilight, she knew no fear. On April 25th, 2020, God called Sallie due for ascension and she departed to meet the Lord in a seat of eternal bliss.

Sallie was proceeded in death by her parents, brothers Waddell Jr. and Josiah Sr, sister-in-law Carol and nephew Josiah Jr. Left to cherish her memory are (2) brothers; Samuel and Robert Fleming (Jackie), (2) children; Sabrina and James Hill Jr. (Diane), (6) grandchildren; Shamar Hill (Talise), Candace Duvernay (DeShaun), Kristen Hill, Tamara Hill, Brittany Irions (David), Ryan Hill, (7) great-grandchildren; Darell, Brendan and Alaina Lorenn Hill, DeShaun Jr. and Elijah Duvernay, Gabrielle Hill and Judah Irions. She is also survived by (3) sisters-in-law; Debra Fleming, Ruby Upshur and Christine Alexander, (5) nieces; Dana, Leah, Mischelda, Pamela, LaTosha (Torrey), (4) nephews; Martin, Eden, Derrick, Austin (2) lifelong friends; Shirley and Lil and a host of family, friends and loved ones.

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