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Brian Keith Hill passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Kentwood, surrounded by his loved ones. Brian was born on June 20, 1957 to the late Robert Grant Hill and Eddie Mae Barker Hill. Brian was known for his gentle spirit, kindness, care for others, and also his love for art, singing and dancing, his humorous disposition and his love for God and his family. He will truly be missed.

Brian leaves his wife, Betty, to cherish his fond, hilarious and loving memory; his daughter, Jessica Hill of Benton Harbor, MI and 8 grandchildren: Fredrick Harvey Jr; Janiah Hill; Jamiah Hill; Lazario Clark; Jacobi Hill; Jakyla Hill; King Green; and Zoey Green.

Brian also leaves to mourn his absence, a stepson Tony (Shadene)Marshall of Grand Rapids, MI; Three stepdaughters: Nadia (Shatawn) Brigham, Geneva (Gregory) Burton and Darneatta Hinton all of Kentwood, MI.

Brian also leaves too cherish his memories seven siblings. Larry Cohn and Ronald Hill of Benton Harbor, MI; Michael (Brenda) Hill of Maricopa, AZ; Debra Hill of Gilbert, AZ; Dea  (Stuart) Brussels of Wyoming, MI; Gregory (Cathy) Hill of South Holland, MI; Korey Hill of Detroit, MI. Brian leaves a special Uncle Norman (Patricia) Cohn of Hazel Crest, IL, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Brian’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Brenda Thomas on April 21, 2020 at 7:12 am

    My last time seeing Brian was @ Betty’s his wife Class Reunion n August 2019 & he did himself some dancing I had a good time just watching him dance I met him @ New Paradise he was visiting with his wife & her family very friendly & caring I saw the way he cared for his Mother- n Law witch was Wheelchair bound @ the time he took good care of her. Brian ma GOD receive u somewhere in his Kingdom Rest on

  2. Michael Hill on April 21, 2020 at 7:17 am

    My loving brother Aka the artist, if you knew him you loved him. Brian would always make you laugh he believed in having a good time no matter the situation. Growing up under him I would always model myself to be like him but as I got older I realized that was impossible he was one of a kind. My brother will always be remembered for the love that he would spread around for others to enjoy and he had plenty for everyone. Love you BK

  3. Annette Brown on April 21, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Such a beautiful tribute for a loved one. Although I only met him once. I was proud to meet the person my cousin fell in love with for the time they had together as husband and wife. God put you together to cherish every moment you had as a couple to have fun, laugh, make every moment count. May you rest in peace in the loving arms of our Father….Amen

  4. Robin Gafeney Hill on April 21, 2020 at 7:52 am

    My deepest sympathies to the Hill/Cohn family 🌹

    May God give you the peace that you seek. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of your loss.

    I offer you my well-wishes during this dark time.

  5. MR. & Mrs. Leonard & Wavey Thompson on April 21, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Smiles and laughter.Thats how Ill remember him Got a chance to see
    him in Feb and he still had that smile. He was an awesome man and so talented. When Betty said she was getting married to him I said they will make an awesome couple. Will never forget the fun times on Urbandale. Rest on my friend. You earned your crown. Love Wavey & Lenny & Tony.

  6. Reinaldo Tripplett on April 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Such an amazing spirit and person. It didn’t matter how long it was between the time we saw one another nothing ever changed. You will truly be missed.

    You were definitely “The Artist” and your pieces will forever be cherished.

  7. China hardnett on April 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Heaven has definitely gained and angel everytime I seen my cousin he would embrace me with so much love he use say you ain’t had to whoop on nobody cuz I use to say nawl cuz I done threw the towel in R.I.H BRAIN KEITH!! thats what I use to call him & to my COHN/HILL FAMILY I will continue to pray for all of you and I love you all Tremendously 💝

  8. Charmaine “Tisha” on April 21, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Uncle Brian was gentle, caring, creative, and loving. Watching him help care for my Gramma and love my Auntie was amazing. His love and kindness toward them and the entire family was a gift! His dancing and laughter will remain his signature.
    Rest well Uncle,

  9. Iris D. Guidry on April 21, 2020 at 10:02 am

    To Betty and the entire family of Brian Hill, praying your strength during this difficult time. Thinking of the precious memories shared with the Brock’s and Hill family while growing up. Our family values made Brian the amazing person, he was. The laughter from the video posting are also a blessing which definitely show Brian’s creativity, and artistic style. Thanks for sharing. May his precious memories be forever etched in your ♥️’s.

  10. Cynthia Stewart on April 21, 2020 at 10:18 am

    To my dear cousin, words cannot comfort enough as your true love comforted you. I’m happy I was able to witness your marriage. The Brian I got to know was awesome. The loss is great but God will continue to watch over you. I pray for peace and strength. I love you!

  11. Pamela Brock on April 21, 2020 at 10:23 am

    I’ll miss my wonderful, crazy, loving and caring cousin/brother. We went through a lot together and now he’s my guardian angel! Thanks Betty for your wonderful and loving care of Brian. From your baby, RIH

  12. Dennis Rice Jr. on April 21, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Very calm, polite, encouraging, nice guy… it was natural for me to call Keith “uncle Keith”. Although we weren’t blood he’s been in my family since I was a child. No matter what uncle Keith went through, he always showed the same love and respect every time he seen me. It was easy to show uncle Keith the same in return. We will miss you uncle Keith, we love you . ❤️✊🏾

    Praying for my Aunt Brenda, Uncle Mike, and his family through their grievance…

  13. Valarie LeSure on April 21, 2020 at 11:04 am

    I knew Brian as a good man.. Love everyone and will keep you laughing… Love to sing… Never saw him mad he has a heart of gold. We call each other sister and brother. Now he’s married to my cousin so now we are family.. I will truly miss him!!! Now he’s singing and dancing for JESUS!!!

  14. Debra Hill on April 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I will forever miss my Brother. He could make me laugh like no other, and now he will continue to bring Momma laughter. I will always remember your Love, compassion and willingness to come to anyone’s assistance. Your the Best Brother ever. See you one fine day. Love your sister Debra.

  15. Greg Burton Sr on April 21, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Brian was my first friend when I came to GR. Our talks will forever be etched in my memories! Glad God put in me and my son Greg Jr life. You will forever be missed. #YouTube

  16. Mae Walls on April 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Hill family. May God’s Peace and Comfort rest upon you.

  17. Cathy Bijou on April 21, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    My keify will be greatly missed. He was always a ball of energy. His love and kindness will truly be missed. For now see ya later keith, we will rule the dance floor when we see each other again!

  18. Cathy Cohn on April 21, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    In loving memories.My condolence to the family

  19. Rebecca Ewell on April 22, 2020 at 12:46 am

    My prayers and condolences to the family and friends. I knew his mother and remembered him from a child. He grew up to be a sweet and friendly man.

  20. Patricia Cohn on April 22, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    our loving Brian
    We are missing you so
    much Thanks for everything. Norman is still
    trying to give your10
    Even though you are not
    here.He will see later.
    Auntie Pat and family Love you.

  21. Freddie Hunter on April 22, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    We send our condolences to the family. May God continue to bless the family. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. We love you guys. Freddie Hunter family.

  22. LeeAnthony Hill on April 22, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    To my dearest uncle, one of the most polite and creative guys to be known. Always encouraging me to do better and to strive for more. I’ll always remember how passionate you were and how you’d make me laugh throughout any situation. Always loved and forever with me. Love you uncle Keith ❤️🕊

  23. Karol Poindexter on April 23, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Just Saw Brian And Betty At The Class Reunion And Brian Was Having A Good Time Remembered The Hills On Urbandale We All Grew Up Together, He Was Such A Good Person, Reminding Me Of All The Good ole Days He Will Truly Be Missed

  24. Geneva Burton on April 25, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Brian I miss you very much. Thank you for being a loving gentle spirit. The love you and Mom share will forever be cherished. Thank you for loving on my family as well.

    Guacamole Baby

  25. Michael Edward Yarbrough on May 27, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Michael Edward Yarbrough
    Brian is and always will be my best friend. We grew yp as kids together we drew pictures hung out and often we would sing in front of hundreds of people. Brian was an amazing man that never gave you a dull moment. I just notice going through facebooj what had happened as we had not talked since he and Betty was in Arizona. Lord help us to continue in the World as my buddy has went on with you. He was born in June 1957 I was born in July 1957. Fron Urbandele to Union Stree Hull School to Benton Harbor High School both of us stood tall and drew art throuh out the school. We marched in Bands we sang in Church. Our parents and siblings grew up side by side.On Union Street playing Baseball to the Court s playing Basket ball we did it all. Thank Brian Keith your spirit will remain in my heart forever. God bless the Hill family from my heart to yours.

  26. Imogene Kellie on May 28, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    My condolences to th Hill Family. May GOD comfort you.

  27. The Kellie Family on May 28, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Our heartfelt sympathy.

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