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SALISBURY Paul Oswald Tillman, 86, of Salisbury, MD, died on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Coastal Hospice on the Lake. He was born on September 21, 1928 in Vienna, MD, and was the son of the late Harry J. Tillman and Marietta Billie Tillman. He was very grateful that the Lord allowed him to reach and celebrate his 86th birthday.
Paul was a 1945 graduate of Vienna High School where he was an outstanding student and athlete. While playing basketball for Vienna High School he made a half court shot at the end of the first half against Salisbury High School. As a teenager, he served his country during World War II as an Army Ground Observer Corps Aircraft Spotter in Vienna. He also served as a member of Western Kentucky University’s Army ROTC unit where he was awarded a medal for excellence in rifle marksmanship. In 1949 he received his BS Degree in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. In 1959 he received his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Maryland at College Park. He also did post graduate work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
He was in Public Education for over 25 years, teaching at various schools including Princeton, KY, and then becoming principal at Hooper’s Island High School and Elementary School in Dorchester County until it was consolidated in 1953 as South Dorchester High School. In 1958 he moved to Elkridge, MD and taught at Catonsville Middle School and Arbutus Middle School. In 1959 he moved to Fredericksburg, VA and began working as a sales representative for the Welch Scientific Company. He sold scientific equipment to nearly every school, college, and university in the Maryland Virginia regional area from 1959 to 1973. In 1973 he returned to teaching as a science instructor at Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge,
VA. He retired in 1991 and moved back to Salisbury, MD in 1992.
He became an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Vienna where he served on the vestry as Senior Warden during the building of their Parish Hall, named the Tillman Wright Parish Hall after his parents and Mrs. Martha Wright who was a long time parishioner of the church. Paul enjoyed listening to traditional jazz music and was often a guest on the Tommie Lee Jazz Program on WESM radio in Princess Anne, MD. He often played some of his own collection of CD’s and recordings on this program. Some of his other interests included fishing, canoeing and travel. In 1973, he won a large fishing tournament that was held in Marco Island, FL, that had a field of over 200 competitors. He was also an avid football, basketball and hockey fan with baseball being his favorite sport. His favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles and he lived to see them win the American League East for the first time in 17 years.
He is survived by his sons Glenn M. Tillman and Harry L. Tillman (Christine) of Fredericksburg VA; grandchildren Cija Kenyon, Ashley Tillman, Paul Tillman, Holley Tillman and Danny Tillman; his former Wife and mother of his children, May Jane Walls Tillman; and a sister Harriet Robinson of Berlin, MD.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Lenna Belle Gray Bradley Tillman in 1993 and a sister,
Louise Tillman Epstein in 2006.