Phillip Tillman

Phillip William "Phil" Tillman

Monday, August 18th, 1941 - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
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Phillip William Tillman, 78, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

He was born in Winston-Salem, NC, a son of the late Henry and Rose Gibbs Tillman and had been an Salem area resident most of his life. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, followed by a successful 42-year career as a Nuclear Engineer at Newport News Ship Building. Following his retirement, he and his family returned home to Salem. Phil was an avid University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Salem High School football fan.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Cecelia Ferguson Tillman; his twin daughters, Terrie Tillman and Tracey Adams and her husband Jason; three grandchildren, Kody Boothe, Macy Adams and Sully Adams; two sisters, Toni Tillman and Margaret Humphrey and her husband Bill, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 6PM, Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home, beginning at 5PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salem-Roanoke County Food Bank 915 Union St. Salem, VA 24153. An online guestbook is available for family and friends by visiting
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 6:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Ben Mewald


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Joe Fuentes

Posted at 08:40pm
I worked with Phil for many years. Although there are so many stories I could tell, but I am at a loss of words right now. He was like a second father to me. My thoughts are with the family.

Cookie Franklin and Susan Agner

Posted at 10:12am
We didn't know Phil personally, but went to high school with sister, Toni and wife, Cecelia. Our sincerest condolences are extended to the entire family.

Thorsten and the whole NaaS team

Posted at 06:57am
All of us here at Coca Cola are thinking about you. Our deepest condolences. Global engineering and NaaS
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Bruce Dowdy

Posted at 05:18pm
Thinking of Cecelia & family at this time. I will be out of town this weekend. Bruce Dowdy

Frank Sellers

Posted at 01:16pm
Phil was a righteous guy and a good friend even if he did get me in trouble in high school. He skipped school and went to Tech. When asked his name he gave them my name. He was a loyal and faithful contributor to the Salem Food Pantry and was the largest individual contributor most months. He will be missed by many.

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