News Death Notice

TILLMAN, Mary Ella age 97, departed this life on Sunday, September 8, 2013. She was born on August 5, 1916, in Buford Georgia to Pearl and Grant Perkin. She attended the Public School System in Georgia and was a Home Maker. Mary Ella accepted the Lord as her personal savior and was baptized at an early age. She attended Tabernacle Baptist Church and was a faithful member serving on the Mother's Board and attending bible study. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family and enjoyed working outdoors, cooking, cleaning, making ceramics and upholstering furniture. She is preceded in death by; her parents; husband, Rufus Tillman Sr., son, Rufus Tillman Jr.; daughter, Mary Nell Tillman McGuire; (2) sisters and (4) brothers. She leaves to cherish fond memories; a loving and devoted son-in-law, William McGuire and her girl, Joan Jones McGuire; daughter-in-law, Joella Tillman; (2) granddaughters, Carlotta Seagle and Yvonne Myrick; (3) grandsons, William Tracy (Stephanie) McGuire, Deron Christopher (Monica) McGuire and Ron Tillman; (11) great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including Tabernacle Mother's Board. Funeral service 12:00 Noon, SATURDAY, September 14, 2013 at TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 380 S. Broadway St. Reverend Ernest Graves, Pastor, with Pastor William Tracy McGuire, officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment: West Memory Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to Thomas Funeral Home, 4520 Salem Ave. One-line condolences may also be sent to the family at

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Thomas Funeral Home
4520 Salem Avenue  Trotwood, OH 45416

Published in Dayton Daily News on Sept. 13, 2013