By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
David and Daniel Hill were born on the same day, but they don’t look very much alike. Daniel said he’s uglier, as well as taller.
“That’s just the way it is,” he said.
David’s older by about 15 minutes. He’s a snappy dresser, but unwilling to claim any awards over his brother.
“He can get sharp, now,” David said.
Daniel said he’s crazy about politics, while his brother would rather focus on his ministry.
“But we’re both community-minded,” Daniel said.
The 60-year-old brothers keep their hair close-cropped, and neither cares for his first name. It’s Rendell for David and Crendell for Daniel. David checked the family tree and didn’t find any matches, but did find a Randell.
“Our mom had a difficult time remembering those names. Spelling them, too,” Daniel said. “To make things more simple, she wanted to get names out of the Bible she could remember. Daniel and David are better for that than Crendell and Rendell.”
Throughout their lives, the Hill brothers have stayed close – literally. The pair live next to each other on the same land their parents called home, a couple of miles north of Highway 6 and a hair west of the Lee-Pontotoc county line.
“Ever since we’ve been born, we’ve been friends,” David said. “I don’t think we had a falling out over nothing.”
They’re unique individuals, too.
“We always had different dreams, different ideas, different things we wanted to do, different things we wanted to accomplish,” Daniel said.
He’s owned a series of businesses, including service stations in Tupelo and Pontotoc, and a Quick Stop in Sherman. He opened Pontotoc Family Freezer, a frozen food store, in 1996. His last businesses were Dollar Depot and Unique Shoes in Pontotoc.
“My wife always told me I wouldn’t listen to anybody,” Daniel said. “I’d get fired so I had to make a living on my own.”
David felt a call to the ministry when he was 21. He’s been a pastor for churches in Oxford, Guntown and Tupelo, and he was a superintendent for Church of the Living God for 25 years.
He now pastors his own congregation at Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church, which is behind the brothers’ houses.
“We started it in a trailer until it burned in 2000,” he said. “We met in my living room after that. In 2008, we moved into the building.”
As the brothers have pursued their own interests, they’ve always had a meeting point between their houses.
“Yet and still, we stayed close to each other,” Daniel said. “We can always get together.”
“And I end up at his house a lot of the time,” David added, “because his wife is a good cook.”
Oh, yeah, the brothers share a fondness for rich, throaty laughter, too.