The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, January 10, 2000 
Freda Viola (Parish) Tillison, 77, Franklin, died Saturday at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin.
Former Shelby County resident.
Born, Nov. 5, 1922, in Shelby County, d/o  Elmer  and  Barbara M. (Wendel) Parish.
Married Gordon O. Tillison on Nov. 9, 1942; he survives.
Graduated in 1940 from Shelbyville High School.
Homemaker and with her husband owned and operated Sleep-N-Time Motel, Franklin, for the past 47 years.
Member of First Baptist Church, Franklin.
Other survivors include two daughters,  Judy L. Wright  and  Sandy T. McMillion, both of Franklin; one sister, Florence Curson, LaBelle, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
Vandivier-Parsley Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. Richard C. Martin officiating.
Burial:  Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, August 31, 1936
Page 1, column 2
Well-Known Stock Buyer
Dies After Three Years' Illness
          Thomas W. Tillison, 67 years old, local stock buyer for forty years, died at his home, 310 Colescott street at 1:20 o'clock Sunday afternoon following an illness of three years.  Mr. Tillison was born September 24, 1863 and was the son of  Joseph and  Martha Turner Tillison.  In January 1926 Mr. Tillison and  John Q. Oldham, his partner in the stock business, were hit by a Pennsylvania train.  Mr. Oldham was killed and Mr. Tillison never fully recovered from his injuries.
          He was associated with Mr. Oldham, John B. Harrell  and  Russell Montgomery in the stock business.  The deceased has been a resident of Shelbyville for the past fifteen years and prior to that time he had lived in Fairland.  In 1886 he was married to  Miss Alice McKay, who died in 1893. Two sons, Edward Tillison  of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and  Allie Tillison of Indianapolis, were born.  His marriage to  Miss Millie Stewart, who survives, took place on September 7, 1895.  Five of the  six children born to them survive.  They are:  Mrs. Ira Cobbler of Marion township,  Mrs. Ralph Mentzer,  William Tillison  and  Mrs. Charles Hastings  all of this city and  Kenneth Tillison at home.  Survivors also include thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph  of Wisconsin,  Louis  of Indianapolis and  Charles Tillison of Morristown; and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Walters, of Richmond.  A brother Sid, of Fairland died April 23, 1936.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.
          Mr. Tillison was active in business until eight weeks ago.  Funeral services will be held at the Vine Street M.P. church at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Clarence Hager, an M. P. minister, officiating.  Burial will be on the family lot in the Liberty cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.  Mr. Tillison had made his own funeral arrangements and selected his own pall bearers.  The pall bearers will be Charles Moberly,  Maurice Moberly,  Guy Oldham,  Russell Montgomery,  Lee Davisson and Irvin Anderson.  Friends may call at the late home, 310 Colescott street, anytime after 4 p.m. today.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Democrat
Shelby Co. Indiana
Thurs. Feb. 24, 1927
          Joseph Tillison.  Funeral services to be held Sat. afternoon.  81 yr. old, Civil War veteran, well known.  Died at home at Fairland at 9:30 Wed. evening from complication of diseases with which he had suffered for some time.  Funeral services at Fairland Baptist Church at 2:00 Sat. afternoon with Rev. John Reece officiating.  Burial in Fairland Cemetary in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.
          Mr. Tillison had spent his entire lifetime in Shelby Co. and was one of Fairland's most highly respected citizens.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Tillison offered his services and helped to win a number of hard fought battles.  He was a devoted member of the Failand Baptist Church.  He is survived by widow  Mrs. Emily Tillison, five sons  Thomas,  Charles,  and  Sidney  of this county, Joseph Tillison of Wisconsin, Louis Tillison of Indianapolis, and one daughter Sarah Tillison of Richmond, five step-children:  Willie Driscoll of Fairland, Elmer Driscoll of Harrison, Ohio, Mrs. Mollie Dismore and  Mrs. Millie Driscoll of Indpls. and Mrs. Goldie Sills of Fairland.  He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Jones of Morristown and a half-brother William Phares of this city. [Shelbyville].
Submitted by Judy Tillison Wright

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday April 11, 1911
Page 2 column 4
          James M. Tillison, pioneer resident of Blue Ridge, died at his home there at 5 a.m. Tuesday, of pneumonia, age seventy-three years, seven months and one day.  He has been a life long resident of Shelby county and had been an active member of the M. E. Church most of his life.  He was a Union solider, Company E, Thirty-seventh infantry, and was wounded through the right lung by a bullet while in the service.  He was a prominent, Christian man.  A wife and one son survive him. The son, Rev. Lorin Tillison, of Orange Township, Rush County.  The deceased was a member of the M. E. church of Blue Ridge and was also a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Blue Ridge, and the latter organization will have charge of the funeral obsequies.  The funeral will be held at Blue Ridge M. E. church Thursday at 10 o’clock, the Rev. R. T. Biven officiating, assisted by the Rev. James L. Brown and John F. Schull.  Interment in Blue Ridge Cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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