Grant Russell Hill, oldest of two sons of Rusty Hill and Kathy Stifflemire, was born August 10, 1977, in Austin, Texas. He was married April 17, 2004, to Melissa Danielle Lumpkin (born December 9, 1974, in Dallas). Their wedding was at the Briggs Ranch of Grant’s grandparents.
Grant and Danielle have one daughter, Alyssa Danielle Hill, born December 9, 2007 (her mother’s birthday). Their son, Jordan Travis Hill, was expected to be born January 30, 2011.
Note: Story from 2006 Hill Family Scrapbook
Grant spent the first eight years of his life on a ranch in Round Rock, Texas. In that time, he learned about hobbies and interests that he still enjoys today. Among his favorites are hunting and fishing. From the time he was able to walk, his mom and dad either had him sitting in a deer stand or along a river bank with a pole in hand. He shot his first deer when he was seven years old and “hasn’t put his rifle down since.”
When Grant was eight years old, the family made a short move to Leander/Cedar Park, where his parents still reside. Grant graduated in 1996 from Leander High School. Growing up he became a “pretty decent” baseball player. In his senior year, he received First Team All-District as well as All Cen-Tex accolades. His Grandma Gail and Jim Suggs took him on a flying/camping trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks that summer.
After graduating high school, Grant moved west to Alpine, Texas, and attended Sul Ross State University for two years. After playing two more years of baseball, he decided to hang up his cleats and concentrate on his studies. He transferred to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he was graduated in May of 2000 receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing.
Danielle was born December 9, 1974, in Dallas, Texas. Her family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, a year later where they resided until Danielle was six. They spent a lot of long nights in closets trying to stay safe from the tornadoes that roar through the town so often. When her mom decided she had “had enough of that life,” the family moved to Austin, where her mom had always dreamed of living. Upon arrival, they never left.
Danielle’s mother, Norma, was a single woman who raised two daughters on her own. Danielle says she kept them very active from the day they were born. As a young girl, Danielle was involved in tap, ballet, tennis, soccer, softball, blue birds, brownies, and girl scouts.
The family moved around Austin a lot, but finally settled down long enough for Danielle to spend her entire four years at Lanier High School. She was on the drill team and very active in FFA. She graduated in 1993 and headed straight into the work place because funds were too tight for her to go to college. She worked her way up the corporate ladder and has been employed by Dell, Inc. for the past seven years as a Senior Account Manager.
Grant and Danielle met on a Wednesday, May 16, 2001, in a local country tavern called Dallas Night Club. Grant was standing in line and Danielle came up behind him with a small group of friends. They struck up a conversation, but parted ways shortly after. Grant ran into her again as he was leaving and gave her his contact information. The next day, she got in touch. They set up a date and haven’t been apart since.
Grant and Danielle were married on April 17, 2004, in Briggs, Texas. The site of the wedding (also the site of their engagement) was at the home and ranch of Grant’s maternal grand-parents, Fred and Ruth Stifflemire. They celebrated their honeymoon on the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The couple currently resides in Round Rock, Texas. Danielle is employed with Dell Inc., selling computers to medium and large businesses. She has been there for just over seven years. Grant is an account executive for AFP Corrugated, where he sells custom packaging. He has been employed there since graduating college.
In their spare time, Grant and Danielle enjoy dancing, fishing (fresh and salt water), working out, hunting, shopping, getting together with friends and family, and playing with their female Labrador, Remi.
Add 2011: Grant and Danielle built a new home in the country in Leander, Texas. Danielle is a stay at home mom. Grant still works for AFP.