Charles T. Hillis
Charles T. Hillis
  • October 2, 1935 - October 31, 2017
  • Huntsville, Alabama

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Charles (Charlie) T. Hillis

Charles was a well known local athlete who spent most of his life participating in and coaching various team sports. In 2013, he was inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame for softball. Charles began his athletic career by playing Huntsville minor league baseball. He then became a member of several softball teams during his long athletic career - Hubco, North Alabama Merchants Fast Pitch, and the Senior League Slow Pitch league. In addition, he enjoyed playing basketball and participating in the Senior Olympics. Charles worked in Huntsville City Schools maintenance department for over (30) years when he retired as a supervisor in the electro and mechanical departments. He founded a successful scoreboard business in 1960 that grew to be a recognized name in the Alabama sports industry. Charles was born in New Market, AL but moved to Huntsville when he was 15 where he remained until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita I. Hillis -Huntsville, AL; a son, Phillip Hillis (Kathye) -Homewood, AL; a daughter Melinda H. Maxwell (Mike) - East Limestone; (2) grandsons - Austin Hillis (Mary), Garrett Maxwell; (2) granddaughters - Shelby Maxwell, Kelsey Hillis; a great grandson - John Hillis; a brother Bernard Gene Hillis of the Philippines; nieces - Jeanne James (Chris), Kim Jennings (Don); Lisa Meloy (Tim); nephews - Wayland Lee Dunn (Stacey), Nick Wu (Vivian), Tony, Wu, Jeff Wu; and sisters-in-law Kay Hillis, Carolene Wu, and Marie Dunn (Wayland). Pallbearers will be Tony Hughes, Benny Hale, Chis James, C. J. James, Phil Cook, Johnny Perry, Jay Cloys, Austin Hillis.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Valhalla Funeral Home from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10 am at Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel with Tommy McMurtrie and Harold Fanning conducting the service with burial to follow in Valhalla Memory Garden in the Everlasting Garden. Please sign his guest registry book at