Gerald LaRay Tillman
October 19, 1960  -  February 15, 2019

Gerald LaRay Tillman

Memorial Service
Grace Hill Cemetery
501 Memorial Drive
Perry, OK  73077
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 am
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Grace Hill Cemetery
501 Memorial Drive
Perry, OK  73077
Map & Directions  Map & Directions

In Loving Memory of
Gerald LaRay Tillman (Ray)
Sunrise- October 19, 1960
Sunset- February 15, 2019

Memorial Service
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Grace Hill Cemetery
10:00 a.m.
Gerald LaRay Tillman aka Ray, son of Paul and Geraldine Coleman, was born on October 19, 1960, in Wichita, Kansas. Ray resided in Kansas City, Kansas. The Lord called Ray home peacefully to be with Him, February 15, 2019. Ray is preceded in death by his mother Geraldine, stepfather, Paul Coleman, who raised him, and his biological father, Arthur Tillman.

Ray graduated from South High School in 1978 and later received his Associate of Arts degree from Hutchinson Community College. Always his own man, Ray embarked on a career of entrepreneurship. A hard-working individual, Ray began his career with a business in lawn care service and progressed to owning his own trucking company, called GT Trucking. Ray’s interest was always for self-development to his betterment and advancement. He received several certifications, including certification as a Kansas certified Minority Business Entrepreneur. Full of ambition and aspiration to reach his full potential, Ray was a real estate investor and professional day trader. He enjoyed reading and learning, which accredited him a plethora of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Most importantly, Ray accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The love of his life was God, and he was fervent in the Lord! A kindhearted and spiritual soul, who would give the clothes off his back, Ray read his bible daily; was a cheerful giver; loved to share the gospel with anyone who would listen; and was the epitome of a humble and faithful man, who always wanted to do God’s will. His smile could light up any room. He enjoyed watching sports, basketball, football, and baseball.

Well done, good and faithful servant! Ray leaves to cherish his memories, two sisters, Verna Neal, of Houston, Texas and Tonya Emsweller (Dwayne) of Valrico, Florida; his aunt, Frances Hoy of Wichita, Kansas; nieces, Taylor Smith (Clarence) of Houston, Texas, and Maya Emsweller of Valrico, Fl; nephew, Dwayne Emsweller, Jr. of Valrico, Fl; great-nieces, Ashlynn and Aaliyah Neal of Houston, TX, and a host of many relatives and friends.

7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8

The family of Gerald LaRay Tillman gratefully acknowledges all who have shown acts of kindness during this difficult time. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Hoy family, Luther Wilson, Mount Olive A.M.E church family, and Deena Biffle from the Brown-Dugger Funeral home who has given tremendous assistance and support to our family.

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  1. Linda Crump
    Houston, TX

    Hello Ms. Neal & Family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you an your family at this time. You all will continue to be in my prayers. I pray God's comfort and peace surrounds each one of you. While watching the video, it truly shows what fond memories, you all have tucked deep into your hearts. Gerald is in that great cloud of witnesses, (Hebrews 12:1), cheering us all on. One thing, I pray that you and your family will remember, Gerald is not in your past; He's in your Future.

    2 Corinthians 1:3 -5 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

    Blessings!!! - Linda Crump

  2. Edward
    Houston, TX

    May you rest in Christ Jesus.

  3. Sandra Bell-Billingsley
    Wichita, KS

    You will be missed my beloved cousin and road in our younger years. Verna and Tanya love yah be strong God is with y'all God bless

  4. Linda Crump
    Houston, TX

    Verna, my sincerest condolences! We will continue to pray for you and your family at this time. May the Holy Spirit, surround each one of you and pour out His comfort! Thank God, Ray was a born again Christian, who loved God and lived THE WORD; and TODAY, he stands with hands raised, worshipping before the King of kings!!! Take comfort in knowing, that Ray is not in your PAST; he’s in your FUTURE!! In the words of the song, Psalm 23; His Spirit, lives within you and you’ll walk in HIS Peace!!
    🙏🏾❤️🙌🏽🙏🏾🙌🏽❤️

  5. Taylor Smith
    Houston, TX

    Uncle Ray, you still be truly missed. I love you and may you rest in heaven peacefully with family and our Lord.
    Love your niece, Taylor Smith ❤

  6. Peggy Wilkerson
    Houston, TX

    The Lord is my shepherd. Rest easy with the LORD.

  7. Rona Wright
    Houston, TX

    To Verna, Tonya & Taylor I'm praying that God grants you all peace in the mist of your storm. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. I love you all.
    Rona Wright & Family.

  8. Rona Wright
    Houston, TX

    To Verna, Tonya & Taylor I'm praying that God grants you all peace in the mist of your storm. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. I love you all.
    Rona Wright & Family.

  9. Tracey Hoy
    WICHITA, KS

    Ray you were a special person and will be missed by the family, especially me. I love you. You are with God, grandma, and aunt Jim now and I know you are at peace.
    Love your cousin Tracey Hoy.

  10. Susan Helton
    Grove, OK

    Gerald was always a delight to me...a good natured, joyous, Godly man of integrity. I send my warmest regards to his family as well as appreciation for how sad you all must be. I am sad for you but I also know how incredibly happy he is now. We can only imagine!

  11. Robbie Tillman
    Kansas city, KS

    I will miss you my friend but ,I rejoice for you for now you are at rest in God's arms.

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