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Pattie Warren Wood Tillar

July 13, 1943 June 25, 2014
Pattie Warren Wood Tillar
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Pattie Warren Wood Tillar, 70, of Emporia, Va, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her husband and daughters, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Born on July 13, 1943, in Richmond, Va, she was predeceased by her parents, Edward Massenburg and Jessie Watkins Wood. Pattie was a devoted wife and mother, always putting her family first. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Dr. William Thomas Tillar, III; and daughters, Anne Warren Tillar, and Julia Leavelle Tillar; grandchildren, Alexander Thomas Younger, Meredith Claire Younger and Christian Timothy Younger, of Waxhaw, NC, and brother, Edward Massenburg Wood (Carolyn), of York, SC. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Donaldson Preston Tillar (Hazel), of Williamsburg, VA, and David Billingsley Tillar (Ames), of Emporia, VA, and several nieces and nephews. Pattie graduated
from Greensville County High School in Emporia in 1961 and Westhampton College in Richmond in 1965, earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill, on August 15, 1964. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Emporia. She began her career in Franklin, Va, as a first grade teacher. After returning to Emporia, Pattie was active the Junior Woman's Club and the Presbyterian Women of the Church. She worked part-time at the old library and was instrumental in the formation of the Richardson Memorial Library. She went on to become librarian at Brunswick Academy, retiring after 28 years.

Pattie was a voracious reader and loved reading stories to children, especially her grandchildren, whom she always had books on hand to give to them. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Echols Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, with graveside services immediately following at Emporia Cemetery.
There will be a reception at the church following the burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd, Lawrenceville, Va, 23847, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Virginia for their outstanding care over the last few months, and would also like to thank her caregivers, Hattie Lee, Delphine Hall, and Teri Vaughan.
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