Leonard Lester Tillis

Leonard Lester Tillis, 91, of Blackshear, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Sanford, FL May 19, 1929, he had lived in Sanford for several years before moving to Pierce County over 40 years ago. He served in the National Guard as a drill sergeant and would go on to work for CSX Transportation where he would retire as a welder/machinist. For many years he and his late wife, Mary Ann, had enjoyed going to Spruce Pine, NC, where they would mine for gemstones. He so enjoyed showing people his finds and was always willing to help people learn how to mine and know what to look for. He had also enjoyed furniture and wood refinishing/repairing. He loved giving backrubs to people no matter where they were at and boy did he give some good ones!  He also loved going to Jerry J’s every morning with the other “coffee drinkers” and visiting with everyone. For many years he dedicated his time to the Pierce County Food Pantry and enjoyed all the work that they did for our community. He was the 2016 recipient of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce’s Bright Spot award and it was well deserved! He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blackshear and was in the Wesley II Sunday school class. He was the sweetest, kindest man and will be missed by us all.

He was a son of the late Leonard Clarence and Lillie Edith Matthews Tillis. In addition to his wife, Mary Ann Kreinbring Tillis, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Frances Watson and two brothers, Byron Tillis and Bobby Tillis.

Survivors include his granddaughter, Angela (David) Walters, Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Marintha and James Moore, Deltona, FL; his brother, Danny Tillis (Tracy McCutcheon), DeBary, FL; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Walters and Cameron Lovell and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Blackshear Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Pierce County Food Pantry, 713 Hendry St., Blackshear, GA  31516. 

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

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