Apex Funeral Home


Edwin Bayard Tillman

February 11, 1932January 6, 2021

Edwin Bayard Tillman, 88 of Apex, passed away on January 6, 2021 in Raleigh, NC.

Ed was born on February 11, 1932 in Durham, NC to the late John and Lula Tillman. His happiest times were playing bluegrass music with his friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Pearl, his brothers Jack Tillman and John Tillman and two stepchildren Howard Sauls and Jimmy Sauls.

He is survived by his stepchildren Mary Forehand, Doris Holt, Pastor Jack Sauls (Linda) and Sue Kerr (Dana), sister-in-law Lessie Tillman, nieces Sally Duffy (Ron), Frances Pendergraft, Mary Ann King (Mark), Nancy Dawson (Tommy), Edith Pope (George), several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank friends and neighbors that were of so much help to him in his latter years. A special thank you to Diane Duke who cared for him as part of her family and all the care she gives his fur buddy Roscoe.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Cary, NC.

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James Kurz

January 25, 2021

I took care of Mr. Tillman and his wife, Pearl, for many years. He was one of my favorite patients of all time, as was Pearl before she passed many years ago. They were quite the couple. I had the privilege of caring for him after Pearl passed and always looked forward to see him. He was also a favorite of our entire UNC staff at North Chatham Internal Medicine. I so, so regret not getting to see him after his last hospitalization, but every time I started out to go see him I got sidetracked, especially during this time of COVID, and I was afraid I would not be permitted to see him anyway due to COVID restrictions.

His country sayings and ways were priceless, and even though he could be cantankerous on occasion, that was just part of his charm. God broke the mold after creating Mr. Tillmam. I just wish we could have giving him longer on this earth, but he was "wore out" after a good, long, full life and it was time for him to go Home. He and Pearl will forever live in my memory.

James Kurz, MD
North Chatham Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
118 Knox Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27516