Dewey Tiller

Dewey Lee Tiller

Tuesday, January 10th, 1939 - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
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Mr. Dewey Lee Tiller, age 80, of Honaker, Virginia, passed from this life on Wednesday (March 6, 2019) to his heavenly home at Bristol Select Specialty Hospital surrounded by his family. Born January 10, 1939 in Council, Virginia, he was a son of the late Spence and Rosa Johnson Tiller. A lifelong resident of the area, he was a 1957 graduate of Council High School, and had been employed as a coal miner during his early years. Dewey was retired from Buchanan County School System as a custodian and bus driver with Council Elementary School. While there he made many lifelong friends among the staff and students, including special friends, Curt Wilson and Wayne Hale. He had farmed for over thirty-two years on Big A Mountain, where he took great pride in his cattle and property. At the end of the day every cow was counted and the coffee pot was empty. Dewey was a proud member of the Democrat Party for over thirty years, where he made many friends within the local government.
His family was the love of his life. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to keep them safe, happy, and well fed. He loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, and always regretted not getting to go deep sea fishing with Captain Jim one more time. He took great pleasure in talking to family and friends, and never met a stranger.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Muphus Barnhart Jessee, one granddaughter, Jennifer Dawn Davis, four brothers, William Tiller, Ted Tiller, John Henry Tiller, and James Tiller, four sisters, Angie Elswick, Martha Tiller, Nancy Jackson, and Lilly O’Quinn, and four infant siblings.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-nine years, Janice Sue Jessee Tiller; one son, Deward Lee Tiller and wife, Cheryl; one daughter, Tabitha Regina Evans, and partner, Aaron Huels; one brother, Barney Tiller and wife, Nancy; one granddaughter, Jessica Leigh Taylor and husband, Dennis; four great-grandchildren, Shane Taylor, Gabriel Gennetten, Blair Taylor, Christine Gennetten; step-grandchildren, Thomas Baer, Shawn Baer, Michael Baer and Crystal Thompson; step-great-grandchildren, Mikey Marrs, Dixie Helbert, Daisy Ramey, and Tavon Thompson; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bristol Regional Medical Center ICU, Bristol Select Specialty Hospital Rehab Unit, all the visitors and family for their loving care and support. He would have loved talking to them all.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, Virginia with Revs. Edward Tiller, Roy Lee Wilson, Vonley Pruitt, and deacon Brenda Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Jessee Cemetery at Honaker, Virginia.
Pallbearers will be Dave Powers, Everett Tiller, Mike O’Quinn, Louie O’Quinn, Leon Tiller, Cliff Tiller, Larry McGlothlin, Dennis Taylor, Shawn Baer, and Michael Baer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Curt Wilson, Aaron Huels, Carson Lowe, Ray Lester, and Brian Hale.
The family will receive friends at the Honaker Funeral Home after 6:00 PM Friday, where an evening song service will be conducted at 7:00 PM.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, March 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
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    Rev. Edward Tiller
    Rev. Roy Lee Wilson
    Rev. Vonley Pruitt
  • Interment

    Jessee Cemetery
    Redbud Highway
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Barbara Matney

Posted at 01:39pm
Dewey will always be in our memories as a bus driver for may years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We ask God to comfort each of you, Bill & Alice Sheppard and Barbara (Sheppard) and Gregory Matney

Rita & Dennie Tiller

Posted at 04:14pm
Among my fondest memories of being a part of the staff at Council Elementary School involve Dewey. He had a knack for making any stressful situation lighter and any bad day brighter! He had a nickname for everyone and I was no exception! Instead of the typical Good Morning greeting, my greeting was, “Hey, Flop Lolly!” During the dress fad of wearing shorter length pants, I was greeted by, “ I see you have on your “high water britches today; it must be going to flood!” He was a coffee lover as was I. For all time, when I have a cup of coffee, I will remember his remarks about mine.
Dewey was such a part of my family, my school family and the community as well. His love and caring attitude was extended to his family, his friends, the school staff and most importantly to the children. We will be forever thankful for you and what you freely gave to each of us.
Janice, Deward, Cheryl and family: May you find comfort in knowing how much others care and how many lives he touched. We pray for strength and courage for all of you.

Norm and Lori Tiller & Family

Posted at 08:49am
With thoughts, prayers, and much love,
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Jeremy, Laura, Hayden & Hadley Tiller

Posted at 06:02am
With deepest sympathy and love. Always enjoyed Deweys company.
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Posted at 11:31pm
With much love and sadness
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