J. Bryan Hill

J. Bryan 'The Cowboy Doc' Hill

September 27th, 1965 - September 25th, 2020
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Dr. James Bryan Hill, 54, husband of Kim Kuhn Hill, of Anderson, SC died Friday, September 25, 2020 at AnMed Health Care.  He was born in Greenwood to Linda Pound Hill and the late Dr. William G. ‘Billy’ Hill.

Bryan was a 1983 graduate of Abbeville High School and Clemson University, class of 1987.  From 1987 – 1995, he attended the Medical University of South Carolina graduating with his MD and PhD.  Moving to Houston, TX in 1995, Bryan completed his post graduate training at Baylor College of Medicine and affiliated hospitals. He moved to Columbus, TX in 1998 to open the first pediatric practice in the history of Colorado County.  Bryan returned to South Carolina in 2006 to continue his work in pediatric medicine for AnMed Health, as well as Greenville Health System. He was a pioneer in the founding of Gold Standard Pediatrics, one of the first Direct Primary Care practices in the country solely dedicated to the care of children.  Bryan’s dedication to education led him to train and mentor numerous medical students in his office and teach night classes at Anderson University.  

A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, he currently served as head usher, as well as in various other capacities. Bryan, always involved through organizations within his profession and with his passion for helping children, endeavored to make his community better. Among others, he was actively associated with the Future Farmers of America (FFA), Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Upper Long Cane Society, Advisor for Reach the Children of Rwanda International and the Professional Bull Riders Association.

Surviving Bryan are his wife of 14 years, Kim, of the home; his daughter, Kelli Krpec (Scott) of Garwood, TX; three grandchildren, Weston, Bree and Lyla; his mother, Linda P. Hill, of Abbeville; two brothers, Alan Hill (Ann) of Suwanee GA and Charlie Hill, MD, PhD, of Lilburn, GA; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Daniel and Marjorie Kuhn of Columbus, TX; three brothers-in-law, Kevin Kuhn of Houston, TX, Keith Kuhn (Christy) of Cat Springs, TX and Kris Kuhn (Amber) of Columbus, TX.

A private family service will be 10:00AM, Friday, October 2, 2020 in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 209 Broad Road, Anderson, SC with Rev. J. Chris Fischer officiating. The service will be live-streamed and may be accessed by visiting Graveside services will be 2:00PM, Friday, October 2, 2020 in Long Cane Cemetery, Highway 20, Abbeville, SC. The family will greet friends immediately following the graveside service.

Due to the government mandated, COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that you practice social distancing at all times.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials, in memory of Bryan, be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 209 Broad St. Anderson, SC 29621, Reach the Children of Rwanda, USA, PO Box 423, Due West, SC 29639 or Anderson University – Office of Development, Scholarship Fund - c/o School of Nursing, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family is at their respective homes.

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  • Visitation

    October 2nd, 2020 |
    October 2nd, 2020
    Visitation Following Graveside
  • Service

    October 2nd, 2020 |
    October 2nd, 2020
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    209 Broad Road
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  • Interment

    Long Cane Cemetery


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Rob and Rachel Thomas

Posted at 12:00am
We were deeply saddened to hear about Dr. Hill. It was a great privilege to have worked with such an exceptional professional. Our love and prayers go out to Kim and all the family.

Aileen Peck, RN

Posted at 12:00am
In my 45 years of nursing, Dr. Bryan Hill was one of the BEST doctors I ever had the privilege of working with. If you knew Dr. Hill, you loved him. Many a time, when a baby was delivered that was unhealthy or critically ill, I cannot tell you how relieved I was to see him walk into the operating room. The tension in the room would immediately change with his confident and calming demeanor. With Dr. Hill there, we knew everything would be OK. When I heard the news of his passing, I thought, “his work here is done. He’s looking after all the babies in heaven, now.” A job well done, Doc. We will never forget. ??

Lian Rines

Posted at 12:00am
We met Dr Hill 2018 when my grandson Denniis Khor came over from Malaysia to live with us. He was highly recommended by our friend,  Dr. Amy.  I remember our first visit, Dr. Hill was so personable, knowledgeable,  funny and friendly.  Denniis immediately was drawn to him, he said he liked Dr. Hill alot. In this past 3 years, we have visited him a few times,  each time was an memorable experience.  Dr. Hill is one of the most amazing doctor I have ever met and we are deeply saddened by his sudden death.  We will miss him, especially his smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.  May the Lord be with you all and wrap his arms around each one of you.   Denniis,  Lian and David Rines

Kendall Dorie

Posted at 12:00am
Sometimes God gives us someone so talented and good hearted that they simply draw others to them. This is the kind of person Dr. Hill was. I found him by sheer luck - he had just opened his dream practice Gold Standard Pediatrics, serving kids the Anderson area, when I cold-called him asking him to be my preceptor in pediatrics. With his resume and his stories (oh, his stories!) you would expect this man to be heading a national agency or penning leading edge textbooks. But all he wanted to do was take care of people in a simple, dignified way. His brilliance was matched only by his love for healing children. Somehow this incredible person took me, a green nurse practitioner student sight unseen, and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from him. I'll never forget when I called his practice only for him to answer himself; I was so shocked I hung up! When I called back and told him what happened, he laughed and said, "Good, that's the kind of practice I want to have, where people can call and actually reach their physician!"  For me it was respect and admiration at first site. The ensuing months were some of the most profoundly inspiring, educational, thought-provoking and encouraging I had ever experienced in my career. With Dr. Hill, every moment was a teaching moment. And even sometimes, a learning moment. The respect and encouragement he gave me made me feel like I could command the kind of respect I had for him, someday. I truly believe God led me to him, so I could see how much heart can still be in medicine.  We talked; oh how we talked (that man could talk!). This week since learning of his passing I find myself going back over his stories, all of them a mixture of pride, self-effacement, significance and oftentimes unlikely circumstances. The way he spoke of his friends and family, especially Kim, gave me a window into just how deeply this man loved, not just what he did, but the people in his life. I think of them this week with the deepest regret. I find myself imagining him telling us all, in his way, that what happened was absolutely how it was supposed to be; he would say something like "Yeah sure, the odds of this were really low...unless you are the person it happens to, then it's 100%" (an actual phrase he used with me many times). He would carry on, "cowboy up," and get ready to meet his God. I guess it just strikes a blow to the gut that someone so young and with so much to offer could be taken from us. I had only known him for a year, and only spent around 4 months working closely with him; for me to feel his loss, I can only imagine what his loved ones must be going through, and for that, I will continue to offer my prayers and deepest sympathies.  Rest in peace and enjoy Cowboy Heaven, Dr. Hill. The world is worse off for you not being in it. You will be missed.

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