Bobbie Jean Allen Hill was born in Greenwood on Nov. 25, 1928 (or ‘29, according to her) the only child of Willie Lee Tenhet Allen and William Bennette Allen. She lived in Greenwood and Memphis until she met and married Norris Everette Hill Sr. in 1953.
Bobbie Jean took the phrase “Dancing Queen” to a whole new level. She taught dancing from the time she was a teenager until her third child was born – almost 30 years. But, she never stopped dancing; she helped choreograph for school and community events and of course, was the life of every party with her moves on the dance floor.
The highlight of her dancing career was in 1946, when she auditioned for and was selected as a member of the famous New York City Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. She performed four shows a day, seven days a week for approximately 18 months. On her 80th birthday (or 81st) her family took her to New York and she met backstage with some of the dancers and told them stories from when she was a Rockette.
Bobbie Jean and Norris raised their family in Indianola, where she was active in school, church and community activities. She was a member of the Swartz Ward Sunday School class and served as president several times. She was a member of the Family Life Committee and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for years. She was a faithful church member, proudly sitting on the front row every Sunday.
Every Tuesday she served for the Rotary Club. She was a member and past president of the Town and Country Garden Club and the 20th Century Club. She was a member of several bridge clubs and the Two Seasons Supper Club. Bobbie Jean was very involved in every aspect of her children and grandchildren’s years at Indianola Academy. She was recently honored at the annual Sports Award Banquet for her loyalty and service to the Colonel Café.
Bobbie Jean also served her community by being a Girl Scout leader for six years. When her scouts graduated high school, they had raised enough money through spaghetti suppers to go to Hawaii. She also served as Cub Master for 10 years for the Cub Scouts and was awarded the highest honor in scouting, the Silver Beaver Award.
Her dancing continued with her work as Mid-South director of the National Cotton Women’s Committee. She directed and choreographed fashion shows locally and all over the southeast with her “cotton wives” for various organizations (such as Belt Wide conventions) for 30 years. In 1991 she received the Good Middling Award from Delta Council.
Bobbie Jean was a patron of the Mid-Delta Arts Association and a volunteer Ambassador for the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University.
For over 32 years, Bobbie Jean spent her days working (socializing) with her Young Ideas family. Her last day was celebrated with a 90th birthday retirement party.
Her parents and her husband preceded Bobbie Jean in death. She is survived by: her sons, Norris Everette (Rocky) Hill Jr. and Allen Harris Hill and his wife, Julia; and her only daughter, Vickie Lynn Adams. She was more than proud when she became “Bobbie” to her grandchildren, Brandon Adams Kennedy and her husband, Foster, Allen Drake Adams and his wife, Summer, Everette Dement Hill and his wife, Leslie, William Bennette Hill, Walter Benjamin Hill, Tyler Harris Hill, Sarah Allyn Hill and Joshua Paul Hill. She was beyond proud to become GREAT-grandmother to Adams and Baird Kennedy, Staton, Abbott and Windham Adams and Elsie Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Indianola Academy, Indianola First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at First United Methodist Church, Indianola. Funeral services began at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Trey Skaggs officiating. Burial followed in Indianola City Cemetery.
Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.