Also a major part of Stamps, for me anyway, is getting to talk to my mentor, my buddy, musical father figure if you will, Mr. Stephen Hill. His wisdom and rants really make my life worth living some days. Everything from Gone With The Wind quotes, to convicts making eggs and screaming like a woman in public. He's just one of many great friends I've met while in Tennessee.
In sad news we lost long time web designer/songwriter/pianist/everything else extraordinaire Ms. Andrea Brown. She has left to pursue other interests and we wish her the best in any and all future endeavors.
In much sadder news I regret to inform of the passing of Mr. Stephen Hill, my mentor. But I can rest in that it is not goodbye, just see ya later. I leave you with Stephen's obituary and words given to me from Stephen from a friend and Stamps-Baxter classmate:
"I remember Steve telling me this year "That Mr. Pettis is going to be a well known artist one day. He has the whole package a true artist should have. The voice, the presence, God... everything. He has potental." I smiled and said, "That he does Steve." He thought the world of you Logan. He really did. He believed in you so much. "
Stephen Thomas Hill was born October 2, 1956 in Kirksville, Missouri, and finished his Earthly assignment on August 5, 2012. He was a life-long professional musician, singer and songwriter. Stephen graduated from Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina in 1973. He married his sweetheart, Kathy Mullinax in 1978. Their children are Melody Hill of New Orleans, Louisiana, Miriam Hill of New York, New York, and Caleb Hill of Los Angeles, California. In addition to his immediate family, Stephen is survived by his Mother and Step-Father Bernice and Ray Roach, his father Gordon Hill, a brother and sister-in-law Sidney and Christina Hill, a sister and niece Cheryl and Stephanie Childress.
Stephen was a lover of life and people. He was an avid reader, Bible student and an ordained Baptist minister. His solo music ministry has taken him to many countries around the world. His voice is heard on countless recordings by some of the Music Industry's most popular performers. He has been a part of the Gaither Homecoming Video Series for over 15 years, and was a background singer on the Nashville Network's Prime Time Country television program. His songs have been featured on projects by many award winning artists. His timely song "Why Can't All God's Children Get Along" was nominated for the Gospel Music Association's Song Of The Year in 2010. Just days prior to his unexpected death, these words were posted on Stephen's FaceBook page.
"Jesus said a lot of great things. He did a lot of great things. He changed the course of history with His words and deeds. The best thing He said was to love God and everybody else. We can't judge, and that's hard. Loving people doesn't mean changing them. That's even harder. I hope He gives me a break when I see Him face to face. I also hope that He forgives the mistakes I make in my zeal. Love and forgiveness. Love and forgiveness. Love and forgiveness. I'll let God change what He wants to in other people. Change me first, Oh, Lord. Take the plank from my eye before I take the speck from another's."
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, August 13 at Nashville Grace Church of the Nazarene, 2620 Pennington Bend Road, Nashville, Tennessee. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Gospel Music Trust Fund