Patrick L. Hill - Our Owner
Patrick Larkin Hill came from Las Vegas, Nevada in an Air Force family of 5 boys and one girl in August 1970. The family spent 3 years there, and a few in Hampton, Virginia and Goldsboro, NC by order of the USAF. He is the 5th child. Originally from the Carolina’s, the Hill family was returning to the home of ancestors going back to before the American Revolutionary War. Columbus County, North Carolina is where both parents were born in the town of Cerro Gordo.
Is this a local company? “I was named after my mother's maternal grandfather, and his name was Rev. Shephard Larkin Purvis, born & buried in Columbus County, NC 1877–1946. His father was Henry Purvis 1831–1904, born & buried in Fairmont, Robeson County, NC (Son of James Purvis and Obedience "Beedy" Loe). Henry Purvis was married to Harriet Newel Hedgpeth Purvis 1839–1911, whose father was Arthur Hedgepeth 1811–1891. Arthur was the son of John Hedgpeth (born 1757 in Bladen County, NC and died 1818 Robeson County, NC) and Sarah Nicholson (born 1751 in Robeson Co, NC). Arthur married Elizabeth Lewis Hedgpeth (1810 - 1892) of Robeson County, NC. Her daddy was James Lewis, 1772 - 1855 of Fairmont, NC, and James’ father was Private John Lewis of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, 1750 - 1842. The year 1751 is when President James Madison was born. The United States of America didn’t exist yet.” So, YES, this is a local company.
Pvt. John Lewis was a Revolutionary War Veteran: Pvt Continental Line, and husband of Delilah Powell. Son of William Lewis and Elizabeth Phillips. He married three (3) wives. First Wife Delilah Powell, Second Wife Nancy Orr and Third Wife Zilphia Powell (She was sister to Delilah Powell).
Patrick attended the old Woodland Park Elementary school on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base - now known as Market Common and Seagate Village. During this time he began his self employment by selling flower and vegetable seeds, Christmas and occasion cards, and the Grit biweekly newspaper. He also played basketball, baseball, and football on the AFB base recreation leagues. The Hill kids sang in church, encouraged by their baptist church pianist mother. Song most often sung? “One Day At A Time.”
In 1977 Patrick started Socastee High School just south of Myrtle Beach. Halfway through his sophmore year he transferred to Arlington Heights H.S. on the west side of Fort Worth for 10 months, coming back midway through his junior year. In 1981 Patrick graduated from Socastee High School after serving as President of the Student Government, and voted Who’s Who, and Most Likely To Succeed. He sang in the school choir, lettered in track and attended political events. In January of his senior year United States Senator Strom Thurmond welcomed him to Washington where he served as an Office Page. Lodging 4 blocks behind the Supreme Court, attending study time on the 3rd floor of the Library of Congress, and inspecting every opportunity on Capitol Hill - the favorite things done were witnessing Ronald Reagan’s Inauguration and taking a short nap in the big chair at the front of the US Senate chamber while waiting for a fellow Senate Page to emerge from a cloakroom.
Fall of 1981 Patrick attended University of Texas at Arlington where he took care of yearling cattle before and after classes. One year of that was enough, so he decided to join a brother in Beaumont and Houston to represent the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA/TSTA) endorsed insurance products of medicare supplements and nursing home care until 1984.
Returning to college (1988) as a new freshman again in Florence, South Carolina, he worked his way through information systems and programming classes - becoming a Professor’s Assistant to Dr.s Fred Gooding and Donald Grace. He also CLEP’d 18 hours in the Office of Guidance & Placement to advance further before transferring to Coastal Carolina University in the Myrtle Beach area.
Anxious to get along with life and the American dream while still in college, Patrick married the Francis Marion University Guidance & Placement Office secretary and they had a son. In 1991 he was working full time and studying full time. The wife claimed she was taking some evening classes, but that turned into a divorce from hell. He commuted to Francis Marion for an entire semester, before transferring to Coastal Carolina. Patrick ultimately ceased his studies with 145 college hours - more than enough for a degree. He kinda threw his hands up, waving the white flag at life for a while.
“So how did I find my way into the moving business?”
“I’m lucky I made it through the 1990’s. One day in the mid 1990’s I went looking for someone who owed me money, and was told he worked at C & C Movers. Upon entering the door they offered me a job and that other fella quit his job. So, I got into an entirely different line of work. Lots of hours; collecting a meager salary while the hourly guys sometimes took home more pay than I.” That is how Patrick found himself in the very physical business of moving. Being a great student and entrepreneur since childhood, he started his own moving-labor service of loading and unloading, because it did not require a truck. Since then, several local moving companies have gone out of business or sold out. Our business model is a simple one and literally puts you in the driver’s seat.
“Your rental truck - Our strong backs!’
On March 23, 2001 MyrtleBeachMovers.Com was created. Patrick was the first moving company within 100 miles to have a website. Everybody else was still in the phone book only.
MBMovers is a team collaboration. Guidance is given by Patrick while on the job site because he knows the wisest ways and caveats. We would post a photo of Patrick and the team here, but we don’t want to be hired for our good looks. We are results and task oriented folks more than social butterflies. Besides, we’re more than just another pretty face.