The output from Alice Furnace set new records for Alabama iron production. Under Hillman's expert guidance, the plant became a celebrated landmark in the city's development of an iron industry. Hillman later became a generous benefactor to the city's First Methodist Church and its first hospital. Hillman Hospital at UAB was named for him.
He was a prominent member of the Methodist Church in Nashville while he resided there, and in Birmingham he was devoted to the interests of the church there. He died on August 3, 1905 and was buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.
- Ragan, Larry (1992) Ironmaster and Benefactor. True Tales of Birmingham The Birmingham News, reprinted in Ragan, Larry (2005) True Tales of Birmingham. Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 0943994195, p. 15
- "Thomas Tennessee Hillman" obituary Aug. 3, 1905) The Nashville Banner Newspaper
- Thomas Tennessee Hillman at Findagrave.com