Hill grew up in Randolph County, the son of textile workers Rollie Hedrick and Nellie P. Tittle Hill in Roanoke. He joined the Navy and attended trade school to learn to become a mechanic. During a visit home from the Navy he met his future wife, Jacqueline Bowen, on a bus. They had one son, Vander. Hill became a Scoutmaster during his son's years in the Boy Scouts.
Hill became known as the "Cookie Man" when he began giving out homemade cookies, first during a traffic jam on I-20 and later during delivery runs for Greater Birmingham Ministries and dinners at St Paul's United Methodist Church in Center Point.
- Spencer, Thomas (January 13, 2008) "He was much more than the Cookie Man." Birmingham News.