Keith

June 6, 1964 ~ September 26, 2020

Born in: Los Angeles, California
Resided in: Norwalk, California

Keith Devon Tillman was born on June 6, 1964, in Los Angeles, CA, to Joseph and Margaret Tillman. Keith was the youngest of six. He attended Parmelee Avenue Elementary School, Thomas Edison Junior High school, and graduated from John C. Fremont High School in 1982. He studied at University of Phoenix in 2011. During his high school years, he developed a love for wrestling and chess. He took piano lessons as a young child and loved playing piano for the churches he attended. His talents led him to becoming a minister of music, choir musician and choir director.

Keith was a sports enthusiast. He loved boxing, tennis, basketball, and football. He was on the wrestling team during high school, where in his weight category, he took 1st Place, All-City in a wrestling competition. Some might say he was a little competitive. He was an avid chess player and he enjoyed playing dominoes, bid whist, and a variety of board games with family, friends, or anyone who dared to challenge him. Scrabble was one of his favorite games. In addition, he really enjoyed watching jeopardy, especially with our mother (and was able to answer many of the questions, as he was well-learned). He continuously challenged his mind and enjoyed challenging yours. For example, if you asked him, “where was something/anything ‘at’” He would answer, “behind that preposition.” LOL. Some of his favorite quotes were, “Actions speak louder than words,” “Right is right if nobody’s doing it – and wrong is wrong if everybody’s doing it,” ‟The truth is just the truth. Your agreeing with it doesn’t help it to be true, and you disagreeing with it doesn’t stop it from being true.” Keith also loved watching movies and had a collection of them at his home where he enjoyed watching them with family and friends. Keith loved his family and had a special love for his nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

Keith accepted the Lord at an early age and was later ordained as a minister in late 1980s under the leadership of his father, Pastor Joseph Tillman, at Grace to You Baptist Church. His church affiliations were Greater Faith, Greater New Morning Star, Grace to You, Gospel Mission, Greater Union, and he became a member of Community of Faith Bible Church in 2014, under the leadership of Pastors Anthony Kidd and Bobby Scott. He was a faithful member of the choir and loved attending bible studies. Keith loved the Lord and lived his life as a witness for Jesus Christ. Keith began his professional career at Northrop Grumman, Hawthorne CA, in the mid 1980’s and during his last career he served as a Detention Services Officer at Los Angeles County Probation, Central Juvenile Hall since 2008.

On the early morning of September 26, 2020, our dearly beloved Keith transitioned to eternity. Keith is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Margaret Tillman and his oldest brother, Kevin Tillman. Keith leaves to mourn his estranged wife, Cherylinda; four siblings, Kenneth (Karen “Dear”) Tillman, Nancy Johnson, Karen (Eddie) Cain, and Joseph (Kim) Tillman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, co-workers and close friends. He will be terribly missed by all.

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  1. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen us as we prepare to say goodbye to one of our brothers in Christ. We will meet again brothers-in-law.

  2. candle 7Keith! I love you so much little brother! As I sit and think about our family, childhood, and then adulthood, I can’t help but smile. I am so blessed to have had 56 years together with you. Am I sad that you’re no longer here? Yes! Am I glad that you no longer have to struggle and now present with the Lord? Yes!!! I will miss you in more ways than I can describe. I love you little brother!! 💕💕💕😘😘😘🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Karen😘

  3. Keithy Baby I’m going to miss you. I’m going to miss your phone call on my Birthday. I’m going miss you playing the ivory keys and allowing me to sing off key with family Lol. I will miss you baby brother. I love you❤❤❤

  4. candle 8Kenny, Karen, Joseph, and Nancy:
    I cannot take away the grief following the loss of Keith, but please know that we all share your pain and will praying for you through this difficult season!
    I remember how Keith used to play the piano and direct the choir, and how the Holy Spirit would move through Grace To You B.C.!!!
    We had so many good times at your mom’s and dad’s house, and Keith always had that beautiful smile; quiet in spirit, but could make you laugh!!
    Nobody can really understand what you’re going through losing a sibling, but I do know that God is there for you, and I pray His perfect peace over your lives.
    Where we are weak, He is strong!!
    Love you family,
    Myra, Rachael, and Jayce

  5. candle 7Thank you for allowing me to be a part this beautiful tribute to the memory of my dear cousin Keith. I will always remember him as a calm spirit. I can hear Aunt Margie saying ” come and play” to Keith, and everyone would gather around the piano. We are truly here for just a moment.

    • You are so welcome! Thank you!! You did an awesome job. Yep, mama loved hearing him play and us singing. Love you!

  6. candle 7I did not get a chance to spend more time getting to know Keith more. I remember Keith at a very young age and all of a certain, he had grown up. He was a true cousin. I’ll miss him. Rest in Peace Keith.

  7. candle 4Keith was “my” cousin. Though it was long ago, I remember the times when our families would gather. Being the youngest, I was always trying to claim my space, my role, my part. I remember spending too much time (in my mind) matching each of us Players up with each of our Tillman cousins. Keith was closest to my age, so I claimed him to be “my” cousin…and always thought of him that way even though I never shared that. See you in the other side, Keith. Rest In Peace. Neda

  8. candle 4Words cannot express how much I deeply miss you, Keith. I am deeply sadden by your loss. On the one hand, it seems so unfair, but what I do know and am relying on, is that God in His infinite wisdom knows. This was His plan for your life. A life you led as a witness for Him. I trust Him.
    I thank God for allowing us to have you as a brother. Although the youngest, in many ways you were as the oldest, or should I say our leader. The bible studies you held at Grace to You, our choir musician and director, the times we called you for advice… You were always there. I will miss our laughs, small talks, playing games together, etc. Knowing you are with God now is my comfort. I love you.
    Your sister, both by blood and In Christ.
    Nancy

  9. candle 8TO MY BIG COUSIN EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T SEE EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME I’M REALLY GOING TO MISS YOU I HATE I DID NOT COME TO YOUR SERVICE I REALLY DO FEEL BAD BUT I KNOW YOU AND YOU FORGIVE ME I LOVE YOU AND I WILL MISS YOU AND GIVE MY FAMILY A HUG TO MY FAMILY KENNY KAREN JOSEPH NANCY AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY IF YOU NEED ME I’M HERE…LOVE CELESTE

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