The Piney Fork Church posted on their sign in the church yard "Brother Cortis, it's been our pleasure. We'll miss you.
Rev. Cortis Hill, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at his home, working in his yard. The Lord called him home. He will be missed very much. Rev. Hill was a member of the Piney Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he served as pastor for over 40 years. They will indeed miss him, as his friends and neighbors in the Crayne community where he was well known, and his many friends all over the area.
In the 1950's Cortis and his family were members of the Crayne Cumberland Presbyterian Church that was located on Hwy. 641 next to the Crayne School. His wife Dorothy played the piano for the church singing and Cortis was our song leader. These were the days of simple but rewarding Bible Schools in the summer and the wonderful old Christmas programs at Christmas time. Each year at Christmas Cortis and Dorothy donated the large fresh cedar tree for the church from their farm. They were always an important part of the activities at the church.
Bro. Cortis was a friend to so many, he was always a family friend, through good and hard times, whether it was preforming a marriage ceremony or comforting the family in the death of our Dad and Mom, he was always there when needed.
He will be missed.