|Death: ||Jan. 28, 1999|
Civic leader May Hill succumbs to Alzheimer's
By Tom Normand
May Buntin Hill, 84, a Nashville civic leader, died yesterday at her home of Alzheimer's disease.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Her family will receive visitors beginning at 1 p.m. Monday a Christ Church Cathedral. Roesch Patton Austin Bracey & Charlton is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Hill was the widow of both Shade Murray, president of the former Blue Bell Boot Co., and H.G. Hill Jr., president of the H.G. Hill Co., who was her second husband.
A native of Nashville, she was the daughter of the late Daniel C. and Elsie Buntin.
Her father was responsible for the first shopping mall built in Nashville,the arcade downtown, which is still in use. The idea for the Arcade was conceived after he visited the renowned Galeria Vittorio Emmanuele II in Milan, Italy.
As a founding member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Mrs. Hill was instrumental in obtaining its original charter.
Over the years, she participated in every phase of its gardens, raising money, hiring personnel, hosting speakers, chairing all types of events. She regularly worked in the gardens and got others to do likewise.
The May Buntin Hill Endowment was the first endowment for the gardens.
Mrs. Hill headed the women's division of the Peabody Development Fund in 1977.
In 1986, she received the prestigious Medal of Merit from the Garden Club of America.
Mrs. Hill was a member of the Garden Club of Nashville, the Belle Meade Country Club and Christ Church Cathedral.
Survivors include a daughter, Letitia Murray Hickox, Jackson, Wyo., two sons, Shade Murray Jr., Nashville, and Daniel B. Murray, San Francisco; eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
The Family asked that memorial contributions be made to the May Buntin Hill Endowment at Cheekwood.
Published in The Tennessean Saturday, January 30, 1999. Page 7B
Daniel Franklin Carter Buntin (1874 - 1922)
Letetia Elsie Caldwell Buntin (1877 - 1971)
Horace Greeley Hill (1901 - 1993)
Shade Murray (1908 - 1969)*
Adelia Allison Murray Barret (1948 - 1993)*
Thomas David Palmer (1902 - 1966)*
May Winston Buntin (Murray) Hill (1914 - 1999)
Mount Olivet Cemetery
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