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Elmo Edmund Tillman
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
June 29, 2012
Submitted by: Sabrina Anne Hitchcock

Services for Elmo Edmond Tillman will be Friday, June 29, at 2 p.m., at the Reed-Culver Funeral Home with Pastor Tommy Honeycutt, of Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Gibson, officiating.

Burial will take place at Park Hill Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Pallbearers for Elmo are his grandsons, Donnie Williams, Scott Luton, Brannon Fuller, Shon Nicolas, Dusty Williams and Josh Huggins.

Elmo Edmond Tillman was born on Sept. 30, 1926, in Tahlequah, the son of Albert Henry and Sarah Rethay (Wiles) Tillman. He attended school in the Tahlequah area.

Elmo answered the call to serve his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, and proudly served his country from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to the Tahlequah area and married the love of his life, Mary Nola Jackson, on Oct. 16, 1947. This union was blessed with four daughters and one son.

Elmo worked transporting cattle in trucks around the United States, often with his favorite running buddy, his wife. Whenever he wasn't working, he was at home with his kids and grandkids. He had a pet name for every one of them and enjoyed teasing and joking with his family.

Elmo loved a day spent at a turkey shoot or fishing at his favorite spot in the creek. He loved to travel and often took his wife and drove the back roads exploring the countryside. OU football was a passion with Elmo that he enjoyed even after his health began to fail him, and he relocated to Claremore to the Veterans Center.

A Christian by faith, Elmo attended the Free Will Baptist Church of Fort Gibson. The Lord called Elmo home from his labors on June 26, 2012, in Claremore, with his loved ones by his side. Elmo was 85 years old. He will be greatly missed for all the love, laughter, and happiness he shared with his family and all those who called him a friend.

Elmo is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents; his loving wife, Mary Nola; brother, Albert Tillman; and sisters, Lily Moss, Gracie Richie and Serena Jacobs.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving children, Rick Tillman of Fort Gibson, Arlene Luton and husband Allen of Pallupa, Wash., Marsha Reppond and husband Dennis of Fort Worth, Texas, Joyce Huggins and husband Jim of Fort Gibson, and Genell Nicolas and husband Mike of Coweta. His brother Joe Tillman survives him, as well. His legacy lives on in his 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

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