`Mother Tillman' Called Inspirational

By Yvonne Samuel; Of The Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 29, 1997 | Go to article overview

`Mother Tillman' Called Inspirational


Yvonne Samuel; Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Mable Tillman had many valleys in life - loneliness, sickness - the Rev. Joel Davis said Tuesday in remarks prepared for his eulogy on the oldest, founding member of Grace Baptist Church.

Despite her valleys, "Mother Tillman" never complained, he said. "She had complete confidence in God - he comforted her, led her and guided her. She never wanted for anything."

Tillman, 106, died of infirmities Thursday in her home in the Ville neighborhood. She would have turned 107 next month. Her funeral was Tuesday night. Burial will be at 10 a.m. today at Lake Charles Cemetery, 7775 St. Charles Rock Road. Tillman served on the Mother's Board of the church, at 2319 Cass Avenue, for 41 years. "She was one of my first two members," Davis said. "The other one died after a week, leaving her as my sole member. "She was inspirational and my main support for many years," he said. "She was active, always participating in financial programs to raise money for the church." Every Sunday, Tillman sat on the left end of the second pew in the front of the church. …

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