McCoy Metts Hill died on January 5, 2017, at her home in Camden, South Carolina, where she was born in 1923. She was the daughter of Col. Walter Arthur Metts and Sally Bland Williams Metts of Camden. Mrs. Hill was a graduate of Ashley Hall, in Charleston, SC. She was married to the Hon. John Calvin Hill of Camden, a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, which led to decades of travel and living abroad. In the tumultuous years following World War II, she lived in Romania and Italy and later in Guatemala, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. In service to her country, she experienced revolutions, coups d’état, and terrorist threats to herself and her family as part of the often dangerous life of the U.S. diplomatic service. Despite these challenges, she always found ways of exploring extraordinary places and cultures and sharing them with her children.
Upon the death of her husband in 1972, Mrs. Hill returned home to South Carolina, where her family had lived since the early days of the colony, but her love of travel continued. At home, she engaged in many civic activities and served as a member of the Board of the S.C. Nature Conservancy and the Springdale Academy
Mrs. Hill was a direct descendent of 6 Governors of South Carolina: James Richardson and John Peter Richardson, David Rogerson Williams, Stephen Decatur Miller, Richard Irving Manning and John Lawrence Manning. Mrs. Hill was heir, with her sisters and first cousins, to her great-great aunt Mary Boykin Chesnut’s papers and her famous Civil War diary, now at the University of South Carolina. The diary, which was edited by C. Van Woodward and published under the title ‘Mary Chesnut’s Civil War’, won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1982.
Mrs. Hill is survived by her son John Calvin Hill and daughters Katherine Williams Hill and Isabel Morrison Hill, her grandchildren Katherine Hill Wahl, Patrick Randall Hill, and Daniel Harvey Hill, and her great grandson Desmond Manley Hill.
A memorial service will be held at the Swift Creek Church in Boykin, South Carolina, at 3pm, Saturday, January 14, 2017.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to The Kershaw County Historical Society, 811 Fair Street, Camden S.C. 29020
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hill family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.