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Edward A. Tillis

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EDWARD A. TILLIS Edward A. Tillis, 71, passed away on August 2, 2014 at Indian
River Medical Center. He was born in Fort Pierce, Florida on October 16, 1942, son, of Edward Land Corrine Tillis. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. Prior to his retirement, he worked at Indian River Correctional Institution for 27 years. Ed was a 1962 graduate of Vero Beach High School. He was a 4- H leader for Indian River County. He served 8 years in the United States Army including 3 tours of Vietnam. He received 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his heroic service. He dedicated many years to the Florida Peace Officers' Association including being president from 1998 to 1999. Ed was a Sports Director of Florida Police and Fire Games for many years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Cheryl; daughters, Cecelia (Darren) Meeks, Celina (Kevin) Dampier; son, David; grandchildren, Kimberli (Matt) Hall, Katie, Kevin and Bryan Dampier and Shane Andrew and Danielle Meeks. Brother of Bill Tillis and Carol Voth. He is also survived by his beloved dogs Kodiak and Mr. Beefy and cats Mr. Boots and Chester. Family will receive visitors on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 5- 6PM at Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home. The Memorial Service will follow at 6PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Edward A Tillis to, Miami Fisher House, 1201 NW 16th Street, Miami, FL 33125 or West Palm Beach Fisher House, 7305 N. Military Trail, Rt 122, West Palm Beach, FL 33410. An online guestbook may be signed at

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Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory
1950 20Th St
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 562-2365
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Published in the TC Palm on Aug. 8, 2014
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