Hill, Hill, Carter celebrates the life of longtime shareholder William Inge Hill, Jr. Inge was born on August 15, 1949 in Montgomery, Alabama, a community that he cherished and called home his entire life. He died on August 7, 2022 with his beloved wife Camilla by his side.
Inge graduated high school from the Montgomery Academy and graduated college from Transylvania University with a BA in English as valedictorian of his class. He received the Hugo Black Scholarship to attend the University of Alabama School of Law where he was named the Outstanding Editorial Board Member of the Alabama Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif and the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. He graduated in the top 5% of his law school class.
In 1975, after briefly serving as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Navy, Inge commenced private practice of law in Montgomery at Hill, Hill, Carter, founded by his late uncle, Thomas B. Hill, Jr., and his late father, W. Inge Hill, Sr., both of whom he revered. Inge practiced commercial real estate law at Hill, Hill, Carter for 45 years. As an attorney, he was a perfectionist, in every sense of the word. His capacity for work, intellect, and humor sustained the unparalleled legal services that he provided to his clients. Inge handled a variety of complex matters over his career, but he found most rewarding his work in service of education. He found especially fulfilling his work on LAMP High School’s acquisition of the former Montgomery Mall for a new school campus.
Inge gave freely and often, in a quiet and unassuming way, of his time, legal abilities, and resources, to many charitable causes and individuals from all walks of life. He saw no distinctions in the dignity of human life, and he valued people rather than status. Serving and engaging individuals, particularly those who were in misfortune or otherwise overlooked, brought Inge much satisfaction; although, he was never very comfortable with recognition of his generosity and kindness.
For most of his life, Inge had an answer for everything, always with just the right “pinch of wit” emphasized with a huge, mischievous grin. His dry sense of humor allowed him to defuse most any contentious situation by leaving all parties either bewildered or grinning. He took particular delight in elaborate pranks and in making the lives of those around him more surreal.
Inge held closely an everlasting passion for life’s wonderments and joys. He never stopped learning, and he cultivated new interests throughout his life. In addition to his law practice, he loved the arts, paleontology, archaeology, astronomy, physics, travels, gardening, and photography. In another life, he might have pursued professionally one of these interests. Inge never lost a child’s sense of adventure, and he was happiest when he was outside, often with his family at Lake Martin, working in his garden, hiking through the Sipsey Wilderness, or exploring ancient ruins in remote parts of the world. He received much pleasure in sharing his pursuits and adventures with his family, friends, and law partners.
Above all else, Inge would tell you that the best, happiest, and easiest decision he ever made in his life was to marry his wife of 49 years, Camilla. Inge and Camilla traveled the world together but always returned to Montgomery, where they raised their children, Cammie and Maxwell Inge, both of whom Inge was immensely proud. Their family was later blessed with a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, all of whom brought much happiness into Inge’s life.
Inge’s generosity, kindness, excellence in law, respect for the dignity of mankind, pursuit of his passions, and devotion to his family inspired our firm throughout his lifetime. Such inspiration will endure for many years to come, and the remembrance of Inge will remain forever young.