LARRY EASON  TILLMAN

Larry Eason Tillman, 75, of Baxley, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020  at Candler Hospital in Savannah. 

Mr. Tillman was born October 29, 1944 in Appling County to the late Henry Wallace Tillman and the late Daisy Crouch Tillman.  He was a member of Baxley First United Methodist Church where he served in various leadership roles and was a former lay speaker and Sunday school teacher. He served as a Gideon and was a graduate of the class of 1963 of Appling County High School. He was a partner in Tillman Brothers since 1972, where he was involved in farming and timber production. He was a blueberry farmer and was formerly employed by Rayonier of Jesup and Selco Products of Baxley. Mr. Tillman also worked part time as a funeral assistant at Swain Funeral Home.  

Larry’s most valued achievement was raising a Christian family.  He loved his wife and family the way that Christ loved him.  His legacy includes teaching his children and grandchildren to love and seek after Christ with all their hearts and to put others ahead of themselves. This quote by Clarence Budington Kelland said it best: “My father didn’t tell me how to live.  He lived and let me watch him do it.” That is the man, husband, and father that Larry Tillman was. 

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Judy Lamb Tillman of Baxley; daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and Matt Murphy of Suwanee and April and Ty Sellers of Baxley; son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Christy Tillman of Graham; and brother and sister-in-law, Wallace and Ann Tillman of St. Simons Island. Grandchildren, Josh and Hillary Ramos of Cumming, Jonathan and Kaitlyn Murphy of Canton, Tyler Murphy of Suwanee, Lauren Sellers of Roswell, Maria Sellers of Beckley, WV, Erica Tillman and Caleb Tillman both of Graham; and one great grandchild, Liam Ramos of Cumming also survive. 

A private funeral service for the immediate family was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. A public graveside service followed at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Meguiar and Rev. Ryan Lamb officiated.  

Active Pallbearers were Jonathan Murphy, Tyler Murphy, Caleb Tillman, Josh Lamb, Garrett Lamb, and Ryan Lamb.  

Honorary pallbearers were the Robert McDonald Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church.  

Musical selections were rendered by Tami Swain, Chelsei Norris and Rev. Ryan Lamb. 

Remembrances may be made to First United Methodist Church (217 S. Main St. Baxley, GA 31513); The Gideons International (P.O. Box 403 Baxley, GA 31515), or Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund (c/o Beverly Eason 13965 Ten Mile Rd. Surrency, GA 31563). 

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.