Fontilla A. Timmons
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W
Olean, NY
OLEAN - Mrs. Fontilla A. Timmons of Olean passed away peacefully Monday (Aug. 4, 2014) at Olean General Hospital in the presence of her loving daughter and friends.

Born on April 8, 1944 in New York City she was the daughter of James and Muriel Murphy Watkins.

Fontilla was raised in New York City and worked as a professional singer on the Coffee House Circuit, which toured college and university campuses around the country. Visits to the St. Bonaventure campus led to her decision to make this her home in the early 1970s. She began a career with the Social Security Administration in Olean and worked for 38 years, retiring in 2010.

She became well-known for her musical talents and for her love of helping others in the community. She performed with Olean Community Theatre and Bradford Little Theatre.

She was a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross and she received several awards of recognition, including the Social Security Administration's Regional Commissioner's Citation, the Unity Award from the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is and the Cattaraugus County Baseball Umpires Association. She also won many trophies from her time playing in the women's softball league. Fontilla was the co-founder, along with Beverly Twitty-Terrien, of the Gospel Choraliers; was on the Board of Advisors of the African-American Center for Cultural Development; and was a featured member and singer of the bands Ebony & Ivory, Blue Wax and Mojo Hand Blues Band.

Surviving are a daughter, Jacquette Timmons of Brooklyn; and countless friends.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Fontilla's life at 3:15 p.m. Friday (Aug. 8, 2014) at the St. Bonaventure University Chapel. Fr. Francis DiSpigno, OFM, of St. Bonaventure University, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean.

Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Red Cross or to the Cattaraugus County SPCA, P.O. Box 375, Olean, NY 14760.
Published by Olean Times Herald on Aug. 6, 2014.
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I love u tortilla I know u are singing around heaven .
August 21, 2014
I wanted to reach out to your lovely daughter in her time of loss. I met her once at the Onoville show where you blessed us with your amazing voice and STYLE. I loved your style lady. You and I bonded thru the music and I will always cherish your memory until we meet again someday, on the other side, and again we shall enjoy music together and smile and give each other a big ole hug! your friend always Nita B.
Nita Bingerman
August 11, 2014
I am soooo very sorry. I count it a blessing to have re-connected with you on FB and was able exchange love after so many years. You are among the beautiful Angels including my baby boy Teddy. Please give him a hug for me. I'm sending you White Light and Love. You were and always will be great inspiration to this world and we love you. Blessings.....
Ena Griffin
August 9, 2014
I Love You Babe ... See you on the other side
Timothy Ross
August 9, 2014
I will miss you Fontilla...Always
Scott Ervay
August 9, 2014
Chuck Meyers
August 7, 2014
You will always be remembered in my heart. Godmother of my first born and a friend to the end PEACE BE STILL REST IN PEACE Fonnie.
Phyliss Elston
August 7, 2014

Your grace and strength during the long illness is a testament to the wonderful values your Mom taught you.

You will always miss her; however, the pain will get better. You will find that your thoughts are not consumed with sadness- instead you will think of the way she laughed, loved softball, encouraged you to be authentically you and called you Mami.

Instead of sadness, you will smile and feel her arms around you.

Dana Michel
August 7, 2014
My condolences to the family and friends of Fontilla. She was of faith and is singing in the heavens with so many others gone too soon.
Sandy Abdo
August 7, 2014
Fontilla, you've been a wonderful light in our family. Your voice, strength, courage, quick wit, intelligence and big heart inspired many and touched all. A truly phenomenal woman. We love and miss you always.
Yolanda Owens
August 7, 2014
She touched so many lives and embraced complete strangers as friends. When she hugged you, you knew you had been hugged. Beautiful woman, beautiful that will live on and on in all of our hearts.
Denae Storms
August 7, 2014
"Fonnie" will always be remembered as the one who saw in me a singer. I sang my first "lead" at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in the Bronx in 1964. I can still hear her in my head and heart. Rest well, friend.
Anneleas Greene
August 7, 2014
Rest in Peace
You will always be loved and never forgotten
August 6, 2014
Your voice will always be in my mind and your friendship will always be in my heart. You and Blue Wax were part of my life for so long. Rest in peace my friend
Walter Baker
August 6, 2014
Extending our heartfelt condolences at this time. Fontilla was a part our family since 1972. We she and Jacquette moved in next door to us. On my recent visit home over Memorial Day weekend. Me and Charlotte had the pleasure of spending sometime with her. I will always remember her smile and the good times we had. And we had some real good times. She loved cats everytime I came over I asked her to put that cat up. She justed laughed. Larry Charlotte and family. One Love
Larry Jones
August 6, 2014
Fontilla, you will always be in our hearts. I remember singing a duet with you when I was about 5 or 6 years old. Thank you for always being yourself, Boobala:-) I always loved watching you direct the choir, rolling your fists and getting into it!! Jacquette, I love you and my heart goes out to you, "mommy". Love, Alysa
August 6, 2014
I remember Fontilla when she first came to olean I met her when I was a little girl she stayed with my parents for a short while and was very best friends with them she also sang at my wedding condolences to jacquette remember honey as Carrie underwood sang this is our temporary home your mom is is singing in the angels chore now
Lynn Alridge
August 6, 2014
Dear Fontilla,
I will always remember as a child coming to visit my mom at work and begging to hang out with you! You had such an over the top full of life positive spirit! I will also remember your beautiful voice singing at my wedding. Thank you for all the wonderful memories!
Kristen Hamilton
Kristen Hamilton
August 6, 2014
My whole family will miss you Fontilla. Some of our fondest memories are of being with you. My mother and father have been waiting for you to sing to them again. Rejoice and sing as the angle you always have been on Earth, now in Heaven.
Don Eisenhart
August 6, 2014
Such great memories of Fontilla at the softball park. She truly had a special spirit about her. She will be greatly missed..
Kim and Jeff Thompson
August 6, 2014
You are the most gracious person in the world and your kindness for people including my mom will never be forgotten and neither will you. You will always be one of a kind.
Rebecca Paukstela
August 6, 2014
I did not know Fontilla well, but I was fortunate to have conducted a couple of shows she was in. There was such a warmth and a loving spirit in her which she gladly shared with everyone. And what a voice. It was a blessing to be in her presence.
Ruth Fuller
August 6, 2014
Awesome friend my heart is with you????
Cathy Walters
August 6, 2014
The smile, the genuine friendship, the adlibbing to song lyrics, the voice from the soul....your involvement with Olean Community Theatre was a blessing. When you were in any production, the audiences always waited with baited breath for your singing. Suffer no more my friend and sing with the angels.
Ken Roberts
August 6, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Stephanie Harrison
August 6, 2014
You knew it was going to be one hell of a musical fiesta when you saw Fontilla enter the room. Though I did not know her nearly as well as I wanted to, I spent my childhood in awe of her musical talents, singing with her at Martin Luther King Day in the Gospel Choir. It was impossible to have a bad rehearsal if Fontilla was there. After her passing, I realized exactly how big of an impact she has made on our community. Everyone I have spoken to over the past week knew her and had amazing things to say about her. St. Bona's will be packed on Friday. I am sure there will be a line straight out the door with people who want to say their goodbyes to this wonderful woman. Rock on Fontilla, we will all miss you!
August 6, 2014
Rest in eternal peace Fontilla you will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you.
Christine Gayton
August 6, 2014
Fontilla I want to thank you for being my lifetime friend, big sister and being an inspiration and blessing to me and everyone you met. You are an amazing and awesome friend as you lead by example. I will never forget all the memories from family dinners ,singing, hanging out playing cards to working together for many years. You are a hard act to follow. You took a piece of my heart with you on August 4, 2014. It will never be the same without you in my life. You will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten .
You are in God's hands now and there's no more pain or suffering . Rest in eternal peace my friend. God loves you and so do I.
Christine Gayton
August 6, 2014
Fontilla, I will miss your beautiful voice, and wonderful spirit. You are singing with the angels now!
Jerri Keis
August 6, 2014
My condolences to Tilly's family. I met Tilly in the 1980's through a close friend of mine, Elizabeth McLendon, and was endeared to Tilly immediately! What an amazing human-being! I admired her spunk, soul, and love for others! I especially enjoyed hearing her sing and dancing to her powerful, soulful voice. She made me laugh when she would say "work it girl" whenever I was out on the dance floor! I saw her last at Big John's in Cuba, NY about 1 1/2 yrs. ago when I was out celebrating my birthday. We spent the evening together catching up on old times and I felt so blessed to have that one on one time with her. I admired her courageous battle with cancer and know she is resting in peace with no more pain and suffering. The Heavens have been blessed with a beautiful soul and voice! I will miss you Tilly! Love, Laurie Buzzard
Laurie Buzzard
August 6, 2014
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