Obituary for Gregory Alvin Tillman of Vass

Gregory Alvin Tillman, age 68, of Vass, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2022 at his home.

Born on October 19, 1953 in Durham, NC, he was the son of the late Lonnie “Alvin” Tillman and Alma “Doris” Curl Tillman and loving husband to Brenda Tillman.  

Greg was preceded in death by his father, Alvin, brother, Ted Tillman, father-in-law, Thomas Heilman, and sister-in-law Karen Heilman. 

Greg proudly served during Vietnam in the Army and then in North Carolina National Guard. He continued his commitment to service as an EMT and Lieutenant with the Parkwood Fire Department in Durham as well as in various church leadership and volunteer positions. He was the son of an HVAC entrepreneur and followed in those footsteps. He was an expert in his industry and enjoyed the many people he met while keeping families warm and cool across the state of North Carolina. Greg was a devoted follower of Christ, an avid golfer, a prolific teller of jokes, and most importantly, a proud grandfather. 

He is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Brenda, mother, Doris, mother-in-law, Grace Heilman, children; Andrea Tillman Baker (Dustin) of Raleigh, Alex Tillman (Amie) of Farmington, Missouri, Jeremy Tillman of St. Louis, Missouri, and Deanne Tillman of Belleville, Illinois, grandchildren; Mayes and Reese Baker, Henri Tillman, Jay Hale, Everett Tillman, sister, Lori Barbier, brother-in-law, Newt Heilman, nieces Becca and Sara Heilman, Erica Walters (Doug and Jesse), nephew Kevin Tillman (Megan and Kaleb), extended family and countless friends. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Open Arms Community Church, PO Box 551, 244 South Street, Vass, NC 28394, and that you share a warm smile with a stranger and a hearty laugh with the ones you love.

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The family has entrusted services to Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Vass.

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