OBITUARY

Loren Edward Tillett, Jr.

September 28, 1925March 8, 2019
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Loren Edward Tillett, Jr., 93, passed away on March 8, 2019 with his loving family by his side in Norfolk, Virginia. He was born on September 28, 1925 in Corolla, North Carolina to the late Esmeralda and Loren E. Tillett, Sr.

Mr. Tillett served in the U.S. Army during WWII and again during the Korean War. He was proud of his service and the time that he spent as a civilian supporting the armed forces while employed at Norfolk Naval Air Station. His 30-plus years as an aviation specialist in rigging and hydraulics for many of the Navy’s fighter aircraft and highly specialized watercraft earned him recognition among his peers, colleagues and Navy leadership.

Mr. Tillett was committed to his church family at East Coast Gospel Lighthouse. He was an active leader, mentor and musician for more than 70 years and was responsible for the ongoing success and growth of the congregation in Norfolk and across the United States.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley Shaver Tillett; sons Loren Edward Tillett, III (Anne) and Ronald Lee Tillett (Tina); grandchildren Jennifer Loren Tillett, Christopher Ryan Tillett (Katlyn), Allison Leigh Tillett Brown (Randy), and Robert Daniel Tillett (Belen); and great-grandson Rylan Jace Tillett. He is also survived by three of his sisters; Esmeralda Tillett Watson (Don), Merle Tillett Hale and Lioma Tillett Johnston (Johnny).

The family will receive friends and family on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. You may offer your condolences and share memories at www.kellumfuneralhome.com. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to either the Loren Edward Tillett, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Seminary and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University or the East Coast Gospel Lighthouse building fund.

  • FAMILY

  • Shirley Shaver Tillett, Wife of 68 years
  • Loren Edward Tillett, III and wife, Anne, Son
  • Ronald Lee Tillett and wife, Tina, Son
  • Jennifer Loren Tillett, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Ryan Tillett and wife, Katlyn, Grandson
  • Allison Leigh Tillett Brown and husband, Randy, Granddaughter
  • Robert Daniel Tillett and wife, Belen, Grandson
  • Rylan Jace Tillett, Great Grandson
  • Esmeralda Tillett Watson and husband, Don, Sister
  • Merle Tillett Hale, Sister
  • Lioma Tillett Johnston and husband, Johnny, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Christopher Tillett
  • Billy Forehand
  • Zach Connolly
  • Michael Talley
  • Craig Miller
  • Gary Chalk
  • Loren E. Tillett III, Honorary
  • Ronald L. Tillett, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • Loren Edward Tillett, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Seminary and Religious Studies
  • East Coast Gospel Lighthouse building fund

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Loren Edward Tillett, Jr.

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Sharon Birge Henley

March 17, 2019

I don’t ever remember a time when Loren Tillett was not part of my life. Growing up he was a pillar in the church and always referred to himself as my “favorite boyfriend.” He and Shirley were close friends with my parents so I have lots of memories of dinner at their house or ours on Sunday afternoons. The countless memories of working in the church kitchen with Shirley always corresponded with Loren somewhere in the church building- fixing something or running an errand for Shirley. Always willing to pitch in anywhere, anytime. In later years, I didn’t see him often, but when I did, he was always the same; a rock, a fixture, that something solid that many people never find in their lives. He would do anything for anyone, but always pointed them to a loving Heavenly Father. He will be missed, but I know when he opens his eyes, the next face he sees will be Jesus Christ. It doesn’t get any better than that. The end of life as we know it is truly just our horizon; and that horizon is nothing more than the limit of our sight. What comes next is beyond anything we can imagine. Thank you Loren Tillett for being amazing! Godspeed, until we meet again!

Brenda Ray

March 13, 2019

There is not much I can say that has not already been said of the wonderful person Uncle Loren was. On the Tillett side he was my favorite. Had Such a quiet dignity but a roaring lion when it came to God, his belief and family. My memories are mostly in the first years of my life and how we enjoyed being in his and Aunt Shirley’s home. When he hugged you you knew you were loved! Such a brilliant man. Loved talking the Bible with him. Our love and prayers with the family at this time. We will see you in the resurrection Uncle Loren!

DO TTY Payton

March 13, 2019

SHIRLEY & FAMILY So sorry for your loss, but heaven gained a good & faithful soldier. Loren was a good man and true to his faith. May you find peace and comfort in the arms of Jesus. May HIS Blessed Peace carry you in this time of sorrow. My love and prayers to each of you. Dotty.

Allison Tillett

March 13, 2019

Poppy was my first buddy growing up. He picked me up every day from pre-school across the street. We spent all afternoon together tinkering in his garage, walking around the yard, sitting under the tree near the backyard lighthouse and watching the ducks swim by. He'd fuss at us (Chris, Daniel, and Jennifer) for picking up the rip-rap rocks for shoreline protection to throw them into the mud during low tide. We loved the sound of the "splat". Poppy would take breaks from his crossword puzzles to push me on the long rope swing, or take a few of us out on a yellow paddle boat ride. He'd usually let Chris or Jennifer help him paddle, they were older and stronger, but secure me to the boat with a rope and let me perch in the back to enjoy the ride. My bond with Poppy remained through my adolescence and adulthood. We enjoyed talking about our ancestry and heritage, and I treasured those conversations because I knew they wouldn't last forever. I have 33 years of memories with my grandfather I will be preserving in my heart, but I look forward to the day I will see him again.

Ron Tillett

March 11, 2019

My father was a man of faith, a man of commitment, and a man of honor in everything he said or did. He loved his family, his church, and and his friends. He lived a life of significance and his deeds affected us all. His selfless service to this country and to his church inspired us all to better than we thought we could be. I loved him dearly and aspire to be more like him in my faith and in my life.

My grandfather was a Lighthouse Keeper and my dad was born in the Currituck Beach Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage in North Carolina. He grew up around lighthouses and understood their purpose. Lighthouses are beacons to help protect and aid in navigation. My dad was my lighthouse and helped us all navigate our lives. We are all better for knowing and loving him. He will be missed greatly.

Jennifer Crothers-Holmes

March 11, 2019

Uncle Loren was gentle, kind, and loving. Spoke the truth always and lived as a great Christian example for others to follow. I will miss my greeting of hello darling or hello beautiful with a hug and kiss to go with it every time I saw him. I would greet back with well hello handsome and he always without fail would say I know that is the truth cause you wouldn't tell me a lie. Uncle Loren always had a way to make you smile and you knew he loved you as one of his own. He had a special place in his heart for family and that made us feel as special to him as he was to us. What a Personal and Christian legacy he has left for his immediate family and all of us to strive to be. There are no words to truly express such a great loss in one's life, but may all who loved and knew him find comfort and peace knowing he is no longer in pain and is doing what he loved best-Praising his Lord and Savior amongst the Angels and with his beloved passed family members. Till we meet again Uncle Loren - I love you, but you already knew that!

Chris Tillett

March 10, 2019

My grandfather was one of the greatest men I have ever know; and most definitely the smartest. He could literally fix anything with a toothpick, couple of screws, and a hammer. I learned so much by watching him, but more importantly from him telling me I was doing it wrong. I am going to miss walking into the house and seeing you do your crosswords in the study as well as walking out back and seeing you sitting under the umbrella by your lighthouse and staring at the river. I am going to miss you more than words can say, but I’ll see you on the other side when it’s my time.

Ed Tillett

March 10, 2019

Father was the most loyal, caring and committed person to family and friends that I ever knew. He set an example for all of us and lived his life for the Lord and his loved ones in an exemplary fashion. He was my hero for so many reasons. And I'm glad that I told him that on several occasions. We were fortunate to have him and mother as our beacons of light. He will be missed by all of us.

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Loren Edward Tillett Sr. 1946 Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Loren Edward Tillett Sr. 1946 Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Timothy Tillett Family

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Eleazer and Loren

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Loren Sr. and Esmeralda in 1947

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Eleazer, Vilma, Loren and Lioma