||Frederick "Freddy" Ray Tillis Jr., 54, was received
by his Lord and Savior on Monday, March 19, 2012, after a short
illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Madolyn Tillis;
grandparents, Bertha and Lester Freshour and George W. Sr. and
Geneva Susan Thomas Tillis; and uncles, Robert C. Tillis and George
W. Tillis Jr. Fred never met a stranger, and he could always make
you laugh and he loved to share his beautiful smile. He was an
inspiration to many wanting to serve with EMS. He is survived by his
father, Frederick R. Tillis Sr. and wife, Hannah, of Charleston;
brother, Kelly L. Tillis and sister, Deborah Adkins, both of Cross
Lanes; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Fred was a longtime emergency medical technician, currently serving
Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and Tyler Mountain
Volunteer Fire Department; EMS Director for Collins P. Huntington
New River Train Excursions; and CAMC BLS Instructor. He started in
EMS as a volunteer in 1977 with Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance
Authority through the Cross Lanes Volunteer Ambulance and
Sissonville Volunteer Ambulance. He was a former employee of Duff
Ambulance and Rollerena in North Charleston. Most will remember Fred
for his passion for teaching CPR/First Aid classes throughout the
state, and his love for EMS, his family and friends and the Collins
P. Huntington Model Railroad Club.
A special thank you to Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance for
helping the family during our time of need. He really loved working
with all of you.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Fred
Tillis Jr. Memorial Fund, 503 Bream St., Charleston, WV 25387.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at
Perrow Presbyterian Church, Cross Lanes with Chaplain Scott Nasby
officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens,
Cross Lanes with fire and EMS honors.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Tyler Mountain
Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes.