In Memory

Judy Tillett (Young)

Judy Tillett (Young)

Judy Tillett Young, age 67, of the Wheel Community passed from this life Friday, April 23, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.  Born July 23, 1953, in Shelbyville, TN, Judy was the daughter of the late Joe Charles and Dorothy Jean Garner Tillett. Judy was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Ronal Young.

She is survived by: step-daughter, Beth (Josh) Lawwell; mother-in-law, Jean (Bob) Poarch; grandkids, Jessica and Johnathon Lawwell; and brother, Joe (Nancy) Tillett.

Judy was a former Amateur World Grand Champion and multi grand champion rider of many horses.  She was well-known for riding ‘Black Magic Woman” in her orange riding suit. She attended New Beginnings Baptist Church and worked for Tillett Brothers with her Daddy for many years. In her free time, she loved trail riding, camping, her dogs, and loved to be with her step-daughter and watching her grandkids show horses and play sports.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Brother Steve Murphree officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held prior to service starting at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday morning, April 27, 2021, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Doak-Howell Funeral Home to assist the family with the final expenses.

Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.

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04/25/21 06:40 AM #1    

Lisa McGill (Miller)

Judy and I were in grammar school together at Madison Street.  We were also in "Brownies" together.  It was so sad when her mom passed but Judy was so strong to be so young.  We were in Miss Kingree's English class and Miss Kingree was so hard on her, but again Jiudy held her on.  I remember Judy as being determinded, strong, a great athlete, a wonderful "show woman", and was a faithful friend if someone tried to do you wrong.  I had hope she would attend the reunions so we could chat.  Be at peace Judy!

04/25/21 07:58 AM #2    

Keith Locke

Didn't know Judy very well in high school, but will never forget one morning of our senior year, I pulled in the parking lot driving that old 48 Chevrolet pick up.  It was dirty, rusty and covered in cow manure.  No one was too happy about me parking beside them, but Judy pulled up and said I could park beside her." Horse manure or cow manure, still smells like money" ( although manure isn;t the word she used).  She would always speak whenever we met somewhere.  Ran into her a couple of years later at a business establishment which will remain nameless for now.  Hadn't seen her since graduation and figured she didn't know who I was.  She came up to me, called me by my name and asked how I was doing.  We talked for several minutes. Had this happen a few more times over the years and she was always friendly and had time to speak. I know these last few months had been rough for her.  May she rest in peace!

04/26/21 07:28 PM #3    

Debbie Moore (Griffy)

I too sincerely hope Judy is at peace. I know first hand that cancer can forever alter your life, although I know  I was blessed not to suffer the way I think Judy probably has. Lisa is right, in that, I'm sure she faced it with the same determination she showed in everything. I remember her sweet smile, and am so sorry she is gone from us before I could see her again.

04/27/21 09:30 AM #4    

Jeanie Wilson

So very sad... Judy, Barbara and I were friends from Jr High. Great memories of slumber parties and horse shows. Later when I started showing I shopped for show clothing at World Champion. Judy always helped to outfit me. I enjoyed that time! I am so sorry we lost touch. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»RIP, Judy

04/27/21 04:15 PM #5    

Patricia Durham (Linkins)

Lisa I had to chuckle a bit when you mentioned Ms Kingree being hard on Judy.  I don't like to speak ill of any of our teachers but dang when Ms Kingree turned her thunder cloud expression on me I felt like I would go through the floor:)  So I guess Judy and I had that in common; we never quite passed muster in Ms Kingree's eyes.  Rest in peace Judy...

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