John Lee Tilson, age 94, of Old Fort, NC passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, September 16, 2020, with his family at his bedside.
Mr. Tilson was born March 13, 1926 in Yancey County, NC to the late Samuel E. Tilson and Ina Dell Robertson Tilson. He was the last remaining of ten children. Mr. Tilson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He attended Living Waters Tabernacle. He was the founder/business owner of Tilson Machine Shop where he worked until his retirement. He enjoyed watching the birds, squirrels and other wildlife and appreciated the beauty of nature. Mr. Tilson had a big heart and always chose to see the good in others. He was so grateful for his life and his family and felt very blessed, in turn, he was a blessing to his family and others. His family will remember him as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Tilson is also preceded in death by his first wife of 46 years, Gladys Walker Tilson; his second wife of 19 years, Hazel Stevens Camp Tilson; and his son, Mark Edwin Tilson.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are four beloved children, Cynthia Moore (Ron) of Old Fort, NC, Alan Tilson (Charlotte) of Asheville, NC, Rodney Tilson (Tracey) of Lake James, NC and Melanie Wilson (Eric) of Old Fort, NC; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Old Fort, NC. A funeral service to celebrate Mr. Tilson’s life will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Cherry Springs Memorial Park.
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