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John B. Tillman

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Retired Registered Nurse
John B. Tillman, 80, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Desert Ridge Manor in Phoenix.
Mr. Tillman was born Feb. 9, 1929 in Tularosa to Eric and Gladys (Oxley) Tillman. He was raised in Tularosa on a dairy farm by his uncle and aunt Ed and Katherine Sanders. After graduating from Tularosa High School he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell where he received his bachelor's degree and a commission in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he studied at the Chicago Teachers College, and then taught school for a few years before going back to college. He became a registered nurse at the Regina School of Nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque. He was a practicing nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix until his retirement. He was a member of the North Phoenix Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother Ed Tillman and his wife Virginia of Alamogordo; a sister Mary Rose Thompson of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law Lucille Tillman of Phoenix; one niece; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an older brother David; a brother-in-law Max Thompson; a nephew Harry Thompson; and a niece Elizabeth Tillman.
Graveside services will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in the Tillman family plot in Fairview Cemetery in Tularosa with Dr. Bill Campbell officiating. Military honors will be provided by the New Mexico Army National Guard.
Services are under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 21 to Mar. 7, 2009
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