Mr. Anthony Lamar Tillman aka “Tony” 46, of Champaign passed away peacefully Friday, March 19, 2021, at St Francis Hospital, Peoria, Illinois. Tony Tillman was born in Urbana, Il on March 17, 1975 to Carole Ann Drake-Carradine and Tony Lane Tillman. He grew up in Rantoul but as a child of military parents, Tony was able to travel with his family throughout Europe and across the United States. Tony obtained his high school diploma in Fort Lee, VA and eventually he settled back in Champaign as an adult. Tony worked for the Developmental Service Center for over 15 years, he was praised as a pure bright spot. He was always eager to help and be of service to all that he was around.
Tony had two favorite things, a love of sports and a love of chicken wings. He was a season ticket holder for the Fighting Illini football team and attended as many games as possible. If he could not go to a game, he was sure to catch it on TV. His favorite NFL and NBA sports teams were the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls. His second love was chicken wings. If you would ask him what he wanted to eat, he would say, “Wings, wings and more wings!” You could always see Tony rolling down the road in his wheelchair heading to the Wing Stop for a 10-piece meal.
Tony was a Christian man and he had his own special walk with the Lord.
Tony Tillman is survived by his mother, Carole Ann Drake-Carradine; dad, Gary E. Carradine; father, Tony Lane Tillman; his brother Alex T. Carradine and wife Christina; his sisters Lateasa Young and Shanntrice Murray ; grand-parents Johnny and Nora Tillman; grandmother Ruby Carradine-Smith; uncle Karl Edward Drake, Jr and aunts Evelyn Drake, Debbie Campbell, and Mary Bryant; uncle Steven Tillman; uncles Dennis Carradine and James Carradine; aunts April Carradine, Marlene Stephens; niece, Saniyah Murray; cousins Brandon Drake, Chris Edwards, Ariel Drake-Heiskell, Aubrei Lucas, Ashley Reliford, Dominic Bullock, Billy Campbell Jr, Jonathan Campbell, Rebekah Soukup, Lara Figures, Claireese Underwood, King James Underwood III Donovan Drake and Jazlyn Spears.
The family has entrusted Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Champaign, Illinois 710 N Neil Street Champaign, Illinois with his cremation
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