Gerald Christopher Tillotson, Sr.,82, commonly known as Jerry and affectionately called Dad and Papa, passed away surrounded by his family on February 3, 2022. He was born on August 25, 1939, in Ridgeland, SC to the late Mr. Roy Woodrow and Mrs. Mannie Lee Beach Tillotson.
Mr. Tillotson was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a fierce protector of those he loved, and an example of hard work and perseverance. He was a lifelong Ridgeland resident and owned several local businesses including “Mr. T’s” with his wife, Genie; “Tillotson Brothers TV and Appliance” with his brother Roy; and “G.C.T. Electrical Contractors” with his two sons.
Mr. Tillotson was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to many church callings and responsibilities, he and his wife honorably served three church missions (Orlando, FL Temple, Portland, OR, and Omaha, NE).
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Vivian Gene Tillotson (Genie). He is survived by their four children, Gerald Christopher Tillotson, Jr (Melody), Patrick Tillotson (Suzanne), Angela Holderness (Darin), Carla Lovell (Michael), seventeen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday February 11, 2022, at 3:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 917 Grays Highway, Ridgeland, SC 29936. The family will receive family and friends in the Relief Society room at 2:00 until the hour of service. Burial will follow the service in Ridgeland Cemetery, Ingram St. and Hagin Dr., Ridgeland, SC.
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