State Rep. Calvin Hill dies at age 66
by Rebecca Johnston
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Calvin and Cheryl Hill. <br>Special to the MDJ
Calvin and Cheryl Hill.
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CANTON — State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) died Wednesday at the age of 66 after a brief battle with cancer. He represented District 22 in the state Legislature, where he served for more than 10 years.

Hill, who was diagnosed with leukemia this summer, was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002, and before that had served two terms as mayor of Ball Ground.

Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) said he will be deeply missed by his fellow Cherokee County lawmakers.

“He was our leader, our bedrock, our foundation. He was our chair, he showed us the ropes, how to interact with the local government, the intersection of state and local government,” Ballinger said. “He always led by example. I am very sad he is gone and we have lost that leadership. My heart goes out to the family.”

Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) agreed Hill will be missed by the entire community.

“Speaking of Calvin as a person, he has always been a great encouragement to me. He took the time to sit with me and he was always unselfish with his time,” Turner said Wednesday. “He will truly be missed and it is a huge blow to the community. I think he was someone who put his constituents first. He was a public servant.”

Hill was serving as vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Banks and Banking Committee. He was also on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee, State Institutions and Property and Special Rules Committees.

“It is a loss for Cherokee County, it is a loss for our state. He was a great public servant and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family,” said Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta).

State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) said he felt privileged to know and work with Hill.

“Calvin was a truly outstanding Georgian, public servant and friend,” Caldwell said. “Our community owes him and his family a debt of gratitude for his years of faithful service. He was a great man and will be truly missed.”

In addition to his service as a state legislator, Hill was active in business and in the community.

He participated in the founding of Cherokee Bank and has been on the boards of the Cherokee YMCA, March of Dimes, United Way, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the Anna Crawford Children’s Advocacy Center and the Rotary Club of Canton.

“Calvin was an ideal founding board member in 1998 when Cherokee Bank was organized. He had experience as a board member of Citizens Bank of Ball Ground and strong business expertise as a successful business owner,” said Dennis Burnette, president of Cherokee Bank. “As a board member, Calvin had the integrity to make decisions in the best interests of shareholders, depositors and the community. His opinion was always respected by fellow board members.”

Burnette said it was an honor to serve as Hill’s campaign treasurer when he decided to run for state representative.

“Calvin’s ability to think strategically proved invaluable to Cherokee Bank during the good economic times as well as during the Great Recession,” Burnette said.

Hill served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was the founder of a number of successful businesses. He was active in the Wreaths Across America program at the Georgia National Cemetery.

“There is probably not a better man in the community with more character and conviction and he was a trusted individual who spear-headed a lot of things in the community, including the Blue Ribbon Committee I served on with him,” said John Marinko, vice chairman of the Cherokee County Airport Authority.

“He was a huge impact on the Cherokee Airport and helped us every step of the way, and he will be missed very deeply,” Marinko said.

Hill was an active member of the Canton First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl Hill, six children and three grandchildren.

Darby Funeral Home of Canton is in charge of arrangements. Details were not available before press time.

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