Ann Barton Tillery

March 19, 1943July 13, 2020

Ann Barton Tillery, age 77, passed away July 13, 2020, following a long illness. Ann was born March 19, 1943, in Beaumont, Texas, where she lived most of her life. She was a long-time employee of Gulf States Utilities, where she met her dearest friend and the love of her life, husband Manning Eugene Tillery Jr.

They both enjoyed spending time at their beach house in Emerald Beach, where they made many wonderful memories with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Ann loved to walk on the shore and collect seashells. She taught several generations of kids how to find sharks’ teeth and sand dollars and shared with them her passion for nature and the calming and healing effects of the ocean.

Ann had a kind and generous heart and was a caretaker of all those she loved. The oldest of five children, she practiced her mothering skills from an early age. Ann was an exceptional mother who was always there to cheer on her two beloved children, whether it be at her son’s little league baseball games or her daughter’s tennis matches. She was a constant source of strength and inspiration to them both.

Ann really shined as a grandmother, who loved to take her grandchildren to the theater and museums, where she taught them about local and regional history. When her grandson was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she retired early from Entergy Corporation to help with his daily care. She committed herself to helping to further research on the disease that took his life and also became an active environmental advocate to help provide cleaner air in the region for the health of all local children. Though she dearly loved all her great grandchildren, Ann’s active time with them was unfortunately cut short due to her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ola Barton; her husband, Gene Tillery; her sisters, Janie Allen Honeycutt, Susan Barton and Marilyn Barton; and her grandson, Justin Lee O’Neill. She is survived by her son, Michael "Jody" O'Neill and wife Darla; her daughter Erin O’Neill Koenig and husband Mark; brother, Oscar “Fred” Barton; stepchildren Charles Tillery and wife Keron, Jon Paul Tillery and wife Theresa; her grandchildren Alisha Guillory, Amanda Saylor and husband Douglas, Nate Koenig, Julius "Trey" Barnard and wife Kala, Brandon Tillery and wife Danielle, Charlotte Tillery; great- grandchildren Peyton and Paisley Turner, Kennedy and Kendall Tillery, Kady Greenleaf, Jacob, Kade, Kyler, and Karsen Barnard.

There will be no public funeral due to the pandemic, and a private burial will be held with the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association to support research to help end Alzheimer's and all other dementia.


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Cathey Dupuis

July 24, 2020

As a neighbor of Ann and Gene at the beach, I have so many great memories of them. I grew up playing shuffle board under their cabin and playing with the beautiful shells that Ann had collected. My parents loved visiting with them also. As I got older, my husband and I always looked forward to sitting on their deck over a glass of wine and wonderful conversation. To this day - I think of them every time I go to the beach. They are truly missed.

Susy Le Blanc Triantafillis

July 20, 2020

RIP Ann. We have many fond memories of times spent with Ann. I had a very special visit, when Ann & Gene visited Greece. I enjoyed visiting & showing them the sites or Athens. Deepest condolences to all of the family.
Susy & Dinos Triantafillis

Becky Simmons

July 19, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Ann’s passing & our thoughts & prayers are with her family. We have so many happy memories of joyful visits at the beach with Ann & Gene over the years! She had a kind & caring heart! ❤️

Darrell Guidroz

July 16, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Ann’s passing and her long term illness. I agree with the comments of others concerning her caring and helpful nature. During our 20+ years of working together closely she was always there to help me. I also remember Ann for being smart, diligent, thorough and focused. Her smile was always biggest and eyes brightest when she was sharing stories about Jody and Erin, her greatest loves. I pray her family accepts her passing knowing she is now whole and happy again in a better place.
Rest In Peace Ann, you were a jewel and a dear friend.

Matt stanfield

July 15, 2020

Sending love to Erin and family.

Linda Bridges

July 15, 2020

Ann's passing saddens me. She was a beautiful & kind lady. I had the pleasure of seeing her occasionally when she would bring her grandson, Justin, to Lumberton High School for his Life Skills class. One day as I went to the front office to get him & take him to the classroom, Ann was waiting with him. As I got close to the office, she had a big beautiful smile awaiting me. She even hugged my neck stating that she was so happy to know that someone she knew would be with him. Even though Justin was unable to talk he could communicate well. I quickly learned what he was trying to say. Ann & Justin both are missed. Prayers to her family .

Mark Koenig

July 15, 2020

As her son in law, I’ve known Ann for almost 30 years. When I married Erin I also brought my three children into my new family.

From the first time Ann met my kids she was Grandma Ann. When they would visit Erin and I during the summer months we would often visit with Grandma Ann and Gene at the beach.

There are many great memories from that time, but one I remember well was when Ann treated us to a day at Moody Gardens. In the 3-D IMAX theatre Erin, myself, and my children were sitting in awe by the feeling of moving under the sea, swimming by coral reefs and reaching out to touch fish swimming by. I turned my head and saw Ann. She wasn’t watching the movie. She was looking at her newly acquired grandchildren, smiling at the joy she was able to bring to the people around her. That was Ann.
I miss her.

Fred Barton

July 15, 2020

My oldest sister, Ann, was always there for me, her only brother. She was strong, fearless, always devoted, and passionate about family and friends. She stood by me all my life through thick and thin. She was the older sister that everyone wished they had. She shared with me her deep love of the sea. I miss her very much.

Iris stanfield

July 15, 2020

Ann will be mourned and remembered by many. I am one. My deepest sympathies to Erin Koenig, her sweet daughter, who has been her staunch protector through this long battle with Alzheimer’s. And condolences to others she leaves behind. I’m so privileged to have known Ann, and to have been a close friend. I’m sad that she is gone, but glad she is free. Rest In Peace dear friend until we meet again

Sandra Conn

July 15, 2020

To Ann's Family, Ann was a great person to work with for many years at GSU. Our Prayers are for those left behind to cherish memories of a Sweet and Loving friend.