Tillman Aubrey Harper, 87, of Dania Beach, was received into the Savior's loving arms on Saturday, December 28, 2013. He had many health challenges over the last five years, but God always healed him. But this time, God called him home. He was able to say goodbye to his family, which is a precious gift from our Lord.
He was born March 8, 1926 in Ocilla, Georgia. He proudly served in the Army during World War II and the Korean conflict. He worked so hard to provide for his family. He began in the grocery business in 1952. Through the years he worked in many different grocery chains. He was the manager of Great Value on Hollywood Blvd for over 25 years. He has resided at Willow Manor for the last three years. There he was a servant to many of the patients, helping those in need. Every morning he would sing Christian songs while Sophie played the piano. He loved WM!! He was a kind, gentle spirit. Everyone who knew him will miss his warm and loving smile. His love for the Lord was reflected in the way he treated others.
He is pre-deceased by his beautiful wife of 49 years, Omie Lee Pittman Harper, and his father, David Mack Carter and mother Annie Jane Swilley; his brothers, Dan Harper, John Baton Harper, James David Harper, Emanuel Harper, Eston Harper and sister Thelma Harper; his daughters Stephanie Patty, Tewannah Aman and Deborah Tomberlin; his sons Carl Harper and Gregory Harper; his daughters-in-law Robin Harper and Grace Li and sons-in-law John Aman and Steve Tomberlin; grandchildren, Chris Keigans, Phillip Keigans, Jessica Lea Patty, Jacob Patty, Robby Patty and Nico Harper; his great-grandchildren Andrew Doolittle, Joey Diaz and Lacey Keigans. He also leaves behind countless nieces, nephews and cousins from his side of the family, as well as his wife, Omie. He is the last of the handsome five Harper brothers.
He loved to go to church, eat out, watch old movies and talk about Jesus. He knew the Savior. He asked Him into his heart when he was just 18. He understood that it was by faith in Christ alone and not of works that one is saved. No one could ever be good enough, no matter how hard they tried. It was what Christ did for him. He had no doubts of where he'd spend eternity. One of his favorite verses was John 3:16. Now he is face to face with the Lord, where there is no more pain and suffering. Funeral services will be held at Fred Hunter's Funeral Home, 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024. Friends can come to pay their respects on Saturday, January 4 from 12:00-1:00 pm. The service will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
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