Donnie’s short life began 31 years ago on January 13, 1988 where he was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Donnie Sr. and Karla Hill. Donnie resided in Hattiesburg, Mississippi until he was five years old. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the family relocated to South Bend, Indiana where Donnie has lived until his death. Anyone that knows Donnie Jr. knows that his heart never left the south. He cherished his family time (especially his cousins) and younger memories so much that he often spoke of moving back to Mississippi.
Donnie attended Harrison Elementary, Navarre Middle and Washington High School. Whenever anyone bring up his name, most people think of him as being a brilliant, intellectual, easy going young man. Donnie was extremely athletic. You can describe him as an all-around sports player. He played basketball, ran track and played football. He was very competitive and has received numerous awards, certificates and acknowledgments for his amazing sports performances. Donnie’s athleticism was so well-known that he was even offered a sports scholarship for college. Donnie attended Ivy Tech State College where he obtained a certification in Welding. Donnie was employed, as a Welder, at Lippert Components Inc. for two years where he worked alongside his father, Donnie Sr.
Donnie took pride and absolutely loved being a father to his intelligent baby girl. Karmaria Hill (Chicago, Illinois). Precious memories of Donnie will long be cherished by his loved ones which include his parents, Donnie Ray Hill Sr. and Karla Hill; his daughter, Kamaria Hill; his sisters: Kecia (Darren) Blakely, Kasondra Hill; nephews: Jermaine and Jaylon Newsome, Darron and Davion Blakely, Niece Kyah Blakely; paternal grandparents: Suann and CJ Rawls of Purvis Mississippi, maternal grandmother, Barbara Lee of South Bend, Indiana; and plenty of aunts, uncles, cousins; and brothers-childhood friends: Kenny Garron, Brandon Boyd, Larry Harris, Josh Wilder and several close friends.
Donnie was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents whom he loved so dearly, George and Gloria Ray, paternal grandfathers: Odell James and Tommie Lee.
Donnie Hill Jr. will forever be in our hearts.