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Deborah Jean Tillman

August 25, 1951 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old


Deborah Jean Tillman (known by many as Debbie Doo) was born on August 25, 1951 to the late Eugene & Gabriella E. Tillman. She was the second oldest daughter born of this union. She was preceded in death by her dear brother, Smiley Leon Tillman (a/k/a Flip). 

Debbie graduated from Wyoming City Schools in 1970 and went on to attend Ohio University from which she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education with emphasis in Special Education. 

Debbie Doo joined Bethel Lockland at an early age participating in all of the youth activities. She sang with the Leontyne Price Choir, the young adult choir under the direction of Elizabeth "Betty" Davis and pastorate of the Reverend Dr. Frank R. Veal. As an adult she served as a Steward, a member of the Women's Missionary Society, the Bethel Mass Choir, drove the Church Van, and formed the Outreach Committee along with her friend and church member, the late Alva Henson.

Debbie Doo always had a love for teaching children so it was natural for her to pursue a lifelong career serving as a teacher in the Princeton City Schools and Cincinnati Public Schools for over 30 years. Her entire career was spent catering to the special needs of children who were otherwise misunderstood.

Debbie devoted a lot of her time to her Nieces, Nephews and Godchildren by attending their doctor appointments, athletic activities, concerts, tutoring, and even traveling to Nashville to attend dance concerts and soccer games.

After retiring, her mission of service to others continued by doing for those in need and caring for Seniors. She dedicated all of her time to the Bethel Outreach and Pantry Ministries often doing for others before caring for herself. Debbie Doo took Seniors to doctor appointments, took friends to hospital visits of family members, picked up meds for Seniors who had no transportation, and her service went on and on, exemplifying her Heart of Service. 

The Life of Debbie Doo is cherished by: her two Sisters: Patricia Tillman Shadd (Roland) and Marcia Denise Butler; one Aunt, Frances Johns; four Nephews: Jarrett (Tesia) Wilson, Smiley G. (Sarah) Tillman, Ben L. Tillman and Reverend William Eugene Tillman; two Nieces: Amber Tillman & Betina Tillman; a host of Great Nieces, Great Nephews, GodChildren, Devoted Friends, and her loving Bethel Church Family.

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September 16, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bethel AME Church
700 Mulberry St.
Lockland, OH 45215

Memorial Service
September 16, 2023

12:00 PM
Bethel AME Church
700 Mulberry St.
Lockland, OH 45215

-Final Resting Place-

Landmark Memorial Gardens
1600 Glendale Milford Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215


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