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Support sought to help ‘Mr. Baseball’

SoVaNow.com / December 28, 2020

South Boston’s Will Hill has been a supporter of baseball throughout Halifax County for most of his life whether playing, coaching, or mentoring.

Hill enjoyed a great high school career, some involvement with minor league baseball and then moved on to coaching in the community. He has been a part of baseball for over 60 years and has had a huge impact on players for South Boston, Halifax County and beyond.

A Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Hill has touched the lives of many. Former Halifax County High School and U.Va. baseball player Keith Lee – himself a Hall of Fame member - named Hill as a coach that had made a positive difference in his game upon his recent induction into the local Hall of Fame.

“Mr. Baseball”, as he’s fondly known to area folks now needs you on his team as he and his wife, Bobbie, each battle illness and difficulties related to suffering strokes.

Several people from the area have been reaching out to help improve the Hill’s quality of life. Former Comet baseball standout Dan Powell is one of those helping.

Powell said it’s been a true team effort for all involved. He said they were just trying to give back to someone that has given so much to the people South Boston and Halifax County and has been a friend to so many, Powell included.

“So we have and hope to complete preparing him an apartment style shed at his granddaughters so they (he and his wife) have assistance 24/7 but also have their needs to improve his quality of life as he did for so many of us,” Powell said.

A Facebook post by Powell and those helping explain that Hill suffered a stroke a few years back which left him unable to take care of himself. Bobbie provided that support and care up until she suffered a debilitating stroke just last year.

The couple now live with their granddaughter and her family and depend on other family members to also help out. Powell said they have provided many items that most people just take for granted every day.

Consider the part that COVID-19 now plays in our daily lives and one can only begin to imagine the hurdles Hill and his wife Bobbie face daily. A new countertop being built as well as some furniture and clothing items are already complete or in the works, yet, more is still needed. “In addition, we hope to provide consistent needs for food and living,” said Powell.

“We don’t want gratification; [we] just want to help a special person in need,” Powell stated.

A Facebook page is being setup for anyone or any business that would like to make a donation to Hill. All donations are being managed by Halifax Dixie, Inc., and can be mailed to P.O. Box 1093, South Boston, VA 24592. Make sure to memo the donation, “Will Hill”.

For more information contact Halifax County Dixie Youth Baseball on Facebook.

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