Mr. Frederick "Freddy" Ray Tillis, Jr.

  • Born: July 14, 1957
  • Died: March 19, 2012
  • Location: Cross Lanes, West Virginia

Tyler Mountain Funeral Home & Memory Gardens

5233 Rocky Fork Road
Cross Lanes, WV 25313

tylermountainfuneralhomeandmemorygardens@stei.com
Tel. (304) 776-2651

Tribute & Message From The Family


Frederick " Freddy" Ray Tillis Jr, 54, was received by his Lord and Savior on Monday, March 19, 2012 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Madolyn Tillis; Grandparents, Bertha and Lester Freshour, George W. Sr. and Geneva Susan Thomas Tillis , Uncles , Robert C. Tillis, George W. Tillis Jr. Fred had never met a stranger and he could always make you Laugh and he Loved to share his Beautiful Smile. He was a Inspiration to many wanting to serve with EMS.
He is survived by his Father, Frederick R. Tillis Sr. and wife Hannah of Charleston, Brother, Kelly L. Tillis, Sister, Deborah Adkins both of Cross Lanes and a host of nieces and nephews.
Fred was a longtime Emergency Medical Technician currently serving Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, EMS Director for Collins P. Huntington New River Train Excursions. CAMC BLS Instructor. He started in EMS as a volunteer in 1977 with Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority through the Cross Lanes Volunteer Ambulance and Sissonville Volunteer Ambulance. He was a former employee of Duff Ambulance and Rollerena in North Charleston. Most will remember Fred for his passion for teaching CPR/ First Aid classes throughout the state. His Love for EMS, his family and friends and the Collins P. Huntington model railroad club.
A Special Thank You to Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance for helping the family during our time of need. He really Loved working with all of you. The family suggests Memorial contributions be made to : The Fred Tillis Jr. Memorial Fund , 503 Bream St. Charleston, WV 25387
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 22, at Perrow Presbyterian Church, Cross Lanes,WV. with Chaplain Scott Nasby officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes with Fire and EMS Honors. Friends may call from 6:00PM- 9:00PM Wednesday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd, Cross Lanes, WV. Online condolences may be sent to tylermountainfuneralhome.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sincere condolences to you all.

Posted by Julia Thomas Hall - Clayton, NC - Second Cousin   December 21, 2012

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Fred was one of the most sincere people i have been fortunate to call my friend. he was always there when anyone ever needed him. he taught me alot in the brief time i worked with him at Duffs. hevean truely recieved a great angel.

Posted by Erica Garlitz - Lonaconing, MD - Friend   May 01, 2012

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You are all in our thoughts and prayers and Fred will forever be in our hearts. Thanks for all the wonderful memories, you will be missed :)

Posted by Tammy, Robin, Glenda, Tim, Mike, Jeremy, Misty and The Dogtown G - Charleston, WV - Friend   March 24, 2012

Freddy,
I really don't even know how to put my emotions to words. I can't believe it's already been a day after your funeral. I found out on Facebook, and had to park and just cry. You were one of the few men in this world that truly empacted my life. I've never met anyone who is so understanding and so loving. Going to the Tillis family gatherings was always a fun time because I knew that I would have you there. I'm not sure I can get used to a Freddyless world, but at least we all can feel safe knowing we have you up there as our guardian angel. You are an angel now, as you were one here on Earth. Freddy I was so blessed to have you in my life, and I will never forget all the things you have taught me. You were one of a kind, and I know you're looking down on us now wondering why were making such a big deal out of this. Honestly, I don't think we can do enough to honor your memory, but we can sure do as much as we can. You deserve the best. I miss you more and more as each day passes, and I love you. I'll see you again soon.

Posted by Courtney - Cross Lanes, WV   March 23, 2012

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Freddy,

You were the one who helped me to learn to skate to music and I remember you telling me not to worry you had me. You made so many people feel at ease with their valley's in their lives so I am thinking GOD really needed your help to have taken you away from your family and friends....I don't have to say Rest In Peace because on this earth thats how you made so many people feel..at Peace..
Will miss seeing you at Memorial but knowing we will see each other again makes it a little easier in this life. Prayers to you Kelly and to the family and friends..You are all in my thoughts and prayers..

Posted by Sue Banonis (Craig's Mom) - Charleston, WV - Friend   March 23, 2012

Freddy u will be missed

Posted by Eric Pauley - institute vfd, WV   March 23, 2012

Freddy was an wonderful man he help my daughter and I always he took us to cinni.children's hospital many times What a wonderful man and heaven got a great angel! thinking of the family Twylla Bays mommy of Princess Cassy

Posted by Twylla bays - Tornado, WV - Good friend   March 23, 2012

There are men who live thier life and then there are men who change lives. YOU DID BOTH. You were the type of man whose life and death should be covered on the evening news and radio stations all around the world, to let everyone know how you impacted other peoples lives for the better.
How it is:
Better to GIVE than to TAKE
Better to LOVE than to HATE
Better to LISTEN than to TALK
Better to EMBRACE than to ENVY
but most importantly,
Better to make someone LAUGH than to CRY
YOU COULD ALWAYS DO THAT.
That is when you lived a life that is really a life. Not when you are talked about how you lived YOUR life, but how your life IMPACTED others' lives!!! Wish I could be there. Will miss ya Big T.

Craig

Posted by Craig Booth - Hyannis, MA - Friend   March 22, 2012

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Freddy, "Go Rest High On That Mountain" We will forever cherish your enduring passion and compassion for life. Your love and humour has penetrated deep into the souls of everyone and blessed us far beyond measure. Kelly, Freddie's passing has left a great hole in our heart. We love you and pray for you and your family.

Posted by Diana L Cox, Lori White and family - Nitro, WV - Friend and former co-worker   March 22, 2012

FREDDY YOU WE'RE A GREAT MAN YOU ALWAYS HAD A KIND WORD YOUR ABILITY TO MAKE PEOPLE
SMILE WAS SOMETHING ELSE JUST LIKE YOU ONE OF A KIND THAT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED YOU WE'RE GREAT TO WORK WITH YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR JOB AND LIFE YOU WAS ONE OF A KIND AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED GODSPEED GOD BLESS THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY

Posted by Cindy GarnesTayloe - charleston, WV - friend   March 22, 2012

Freddie was an amazing man! He gave me my first job in EMS! He taught me a lot not only was he my supervisor, coworker, he was a friend and a wonderful mentor! I will never forget him! My thoughts and prayers are with his family in there time of loss! May God bless you all! With God all things are possible! He will help you through this! RIP my friend your Gods angel now I will never forget your laugh and smile! Love Kelly

Posted by Kelly Wymer - Nitro, WV - Co worker   March 22, 2012

Hello I met Freddy at the skate rink I became friends with him and Kelly Fred was so nice and funny kept you laughing And he will be missed Kelly you and youre family are in my thoughts and prayers Jusr remeber the memories will forever stay And I'm sure there will be aolt of good and special ones Carolyn

Posted by Carolyn Kroger - South Charleston, WV   March 21, 2012

freddy rest in peace.you will be missed

Posted by David Foster - cross lanes, WV - freind   March 21, 2012

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Fred touched so many lives,he will be greatly missed. He could always make me laugh and was always very pleasant to work with. Kelly, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and may he watch over you during this trying time.

Posted by Deborah Lawrence Miller - Durham, NC - Friend and former co-worker   March 21, 2012

Freddy, you were a wonderful friend to all. God bless you Freddy and your family in their time and need. You will be greatly missed. with love always, Jake and Lisa.

Posted by Jake and Lisa Kerr - Nitro, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

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To the family of Freddy, our hearts go out to you for your great loss. He was dearly loved and a wonderful gental man. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Jake and Lisa Kerr - Nitro, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

I just met Fred last month. Met him at the Hurricane Wave Pool and he was teaching CPR classes there and he was my contact for KCEAA... I felt like I had knew him my whole life. He was that friendly and helpful. I am so sorry to hear about the communities loss!! He seemed to be a great guy! I am glad I was able to meet him.

Posted by Tanya Call - Milton, WV - Acquaintance   March 21, 2012

Rest in Peace Freddy. Thanks for always being there with a smile and funny story. You made your patient's feel special, and had a knack for the making people feel good about themselves. Your contributions and mentoring will be greatly missed.

Posted by Andy Brown - Princeton, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

Freddie I will truly miss you. This is very sad news. I will always remember the first time I met you, my mother Lena worked with u at duff ambulance I got off the high school bus there every day and I had on a pair of Mudd jeans. You said "you know you have mud on your pants?" And every day since when you saw me you called me mud. You also saved me from a panic attack when I worked at golden corral. I could go on and on. You will be truly and sadly missed. Love always Freddie. "MUDD"

Posted by Hanna Marie Hammonds (Dawson) a.k.a. "Mudd" - Buffalo, WV - friend   March 21, 2012

Freddy, I met you at the skating rink when I was about 12 years old. Then again for my very first EMS jobwhich you gave me. You taught me how to drivemy first ambulance, and my first medpatch. Lord knows how you made me laugh all of the time. I wish I could give you one last hug. Till we meet again my sweet friend.

Posted by Maryjo Woodford - Liberty, WV - EMS co-worker/friend   March 21, 2012

OUR THOGHTS AND PRAYER GO OUT TO THE TILLIS FAMILY... WE WILL MISS HIM DEEPLY...

Posted by KRISTIE AND MIKE HUGHES - NEOSHO, MO - FRIENDS   March 21, 2012

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RIP-Fred. Thanks for all you have done to help others. Thankful you were there in 1993 when I had my car accident. May God comfort and put His loving arms around your family during this time of loss. You will be greatly missed by many. May you fly among angels, you were an angel to many on earth.

Posted by Tammy Carney - St. Albans, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

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RIP FREDDY!! YOU WAS A GREAT PERSON AND NEVER KNEW A STRANGER. I REMEMBER YOU FROM DERRICKS ROLLARENA, YOU WOULD ALWAYS COME OUT AND SKATE WITH US KIDS!! THEN WE REUNITED WORKING EMS TOGETHER, WAITING FOR A BED IN A ER = GREAT LAUGHS! EVERYONE LOOKED UP TO YOU AS A ROLE MODEL. GOD CALLED YOU HOME SO SOON WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS! UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!!! LOVE TINA

Posted by Tina Shafer - nitro, WV - ems/friend   March 21, 2012

RIP Fred It goes back to the Duff and Lifeline days. But really got to know you sitting at Thomas Wound Care/Beacon spent many hours in each others wheel chair vans. I know Im not the only one to remember it ( Vicky, Frank, Steve,) and thats just a few. And not to mention all the times at Thomas Cafateria. Could go on more but thats just a few.

Posted by Dave Shafer - nitro, WV - EMS friend   March 21, 2012

Freddie its hard to belive you are gone you truley played a huge part in my childhood and tought me things ill never forget u were my stepdad and always have been ... i will miss you dearly i love you... my prayers go to your family

Posted by jessica ryder - st. albans, WV   March 21, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with Freddie's family.
Freddie touched my heart& lIfe,always was good to me& made me smile no matter what.
He's always has been in my heart& in my thoughts.
Always loved you,my heart aches.
But I will see you again,till then dearest Freddie.
I love you!
Till we meet again...

Janet

Posted by Janet Tillis Day - St.Albans, WV - Ex Wife   March 21, 2012

I remember Fred as a dedicate volunteer with the Sissonsville and Cross Lanes Ambulance Services during my tenure as Executive Director of the KCEAA. He was a honorable man with the highest moral and ethical values.

Posted by Frank Kirk - Fern Park, FL - Friend   March 21, 2012

You all are in my thoughts at this time of loss,He was an good friend an mentor,taught me alot of what it means to work in EMS.I will miss his smile every time we would meet.People like him you meet very few of in your lifetime.The world is an colder place without him.

Posted by Kenneth Wheeler - St.Albans, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

Fred was a terrific man who was a friend to all. Always shared a special smile with everyone. God has a new angel.

Posted by Donna L. Gibeaut - Palm Coast, FL - retired from SweetBriar   March 21, 2012

My prayers go out to his family and friends , Fred was a wonderful EMS brother ! I had the honor of knowing Freddie and I will truly miss him and his hugs more so his laughter and how he always teased me bout one thing or another , though I no I wiss miss him god has truly gained him ! He will be missed by his EMS family

Posted by Jennifer Evans - South charleston, WV - Friend,co worker   March 21, 2012

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My prayer go out to everyone who knew Fred. He was a good man that love hid work in ems and helping others.

Posted by Larry Miller - Shrewsbury, WV - friend and coworker   March 21, 2012

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May the family know that Fred touched the lives of many. His smile and laugh will be missed. I feel he is in the arms of the angels because of his caring nature.

Posted by Ed and Robin Combs - South Point, OH - friend   March 21, 2012

Rest in peace Freddy. It was truly my honor and privilege to have you as a friend.

Posted by ROBERT ABRAHAMS - HUNTINGTON, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

You taught me alot, Ill never forget you.

Posted by James Gillerlain - South Charleston, WV - friend   March 21, 2012

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Our condolences to Freddy's family & friends. He was such a gentleman and we will miss him.

Posted by Dale & Alesea Smith - Ironton, OH - Friend   March 21, 2012

So sorry to hear about your loss. Fred was a very nice man who helped me get my CPR certification. May God bless and comfort you during this time.

Posted by Ashley Taylor    March 21, 2012

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RIP fred i will miss you so much me and crissy where remembering some of the time we had at duff i will never forget you my friend i love you man

Posted by paul mobley - friend   March 21, 2012

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He was one of a kind. Chipper really thought alot of him and he will miss him more than you will ever know. If there is any thing we can do please call us and if we can help i will be more than happy to do so.

Posted by charles And Jody Adkins ( Chippers Parents) - Cross Lanes, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

You will truely be missed. You were an amazing person and I am glad I called you a friend.
Gooch

Posted by Charles Gooch - Hurricane, WV   March 21, 2012

rest in peace freddy.u will be missed.

Posted by lina jones - charleston, WV - friend   March 21, 2012

I worked with Fred from time to time during my career with KCEAA. It was an honor and a pleasure to have know Fred. He was a good friend and a true professional to all his co-workers and patient's. He will be sadly missed.

Posted by Carl Shaffer - Hinton, WV - KCEAA   March 21, 2012

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prayers to all

Posted by Tereasa A Jones Jarrett - Sissonville, WV   March 21, 2012

To Fred's family sorry aabout your loss. Prayers for the whole family. God Bless you all.

Posted by Tereasa A Jones Jarrett - Sissonville, WV - Friend   March 21, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Freddy was one of the most kind hearted people I knew and a true asset to the EMS Community. He will be greatly missed! I am praying for you during these trying times in hope that God helps ease your pain.

Posted by Jessica Fidler - Belle, DC - Co-Worker   March 20, 2012

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THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FREDDIE FOR BEING SO KIND TO ME AND MY FAMILY WHEN OUR UNCLE/BROTHER WAS SICK AND YOU TOOK HIM TO THE DOCTOR IN THE AMBULANCE. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED AND LOVED BY OUR FAMILY.

Posted by Kim Messer - Nitro, WV - Friend   March 20, 2012

A true loss to this world. Gift to the next.

Posted by michael wiedeman - hurricane, WV - 30+ year friend   March 20, 2012

Fred was a great friend, firefighter, and a wonderful instructor he recently taught my BLS instructor class.. He will sadly be missed by many...

Posted by Joey Eskridge - Charleston, WV - friend/firefighter/ems   March 20, 2012

we will miss you dearly

Posted by jake @ jaen - charleston, WV   March 20, 2012

Love you guys and you all are in my prayers......GOD BLESS YOU

Posted by Teresa G Houston (Reese) - Charleston, WV - Cousin   March 20, 2012