Ernest H. Tilson

ernest tilson
ERNEST H. TILSON Ernest H. Tilson, 76, of Riceville Road, Asheville, died Monday, October 27, 2003, at Highland Farms Health Care Center. Mr. Tilson was born December 12, 1926, in Buncombe County and was a son of the late Fred and Sallie Mae Holcombe Tilson and brother of the late Clyde Tilson. He was co-founder of Britt & Tilson Glass Company and was a former member of the Asheville Merchants Association and the Better Business Bureau. He was a charter member and former deacon and trustee of Beverly Hills Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Brown Tilson; a daughter, Anna T. Hudson and her husband Calvin of Memphis, TN; a son, David E. Tilson of Asheville; a sister Hazel Frink and her husband Worth of Asheville; four grandchildren, Angela Hudson McGuffee and her husband Jere, Cynthia Hudson Beaudry and her husband Frank, Charles Ernest Hudson and his wife Jennifer, and Colton Tilson; four great-grandchildren, Mac and Morgan McGuffee and Hudson and Anna Katherine Beaudry; and five nieces and nephews, Gary and Neal Frink, Ray Tilson, Debbie Ensley and Dianna Couch. A graveside service will be at 12:00 noon Wednesday at Green Hills Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at Beverly Hills Baptist Church. The Rev. Tim Lolley and the Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin will officiate. His family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service and request that memorials be made to Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Mr. Tilson’s family expresses sincere appreciation to the staff of Highland Farms for the Care they provided. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. To David and the rest of the family,
    Ernest was truly a good man/boss,
    he was the ultimate optimist about everything.He gave me my first real job as an adult,and a start in the glazing trade which has been my life
    long occupation.He was honest,fair,
    and a good christian and I deeply regret not finding time to see him when I was in town last year.He will
    always be remembered and everyone will smile when doing so.So long E.T.

  2. To Ann: I just learned of your Dad’s passing. I am very saddened by your loss. Just seems like yesterday I bumped into you and your family at the J&S. I am praying for you and wish you God’s blessing in this time of sadness.

  3. To the family and friends of Mr. Tilson-My prayers and thoughts are
    with you at this time. In celebration of his life on earth,his
    eternal life has begun. I am extremely thankful for his kindness
    and respect when I was an employee of Britt & Tilson Glass.
    Blessings and peace,
    Betty Nelon Rhodes

  4. Our Loss, Heavens Gain. To have known Ernest for 15+ years in business, Church, and as a friend was an honor and pleasure.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Ernest was a special cousin to my Dad. It is good to remember the fun times we had at our family reunions on Holcombe Branch in Madison County. Sincerely, Myra and Charlie Hensley

  6. We love you. You are in our thoughts and prayers during these days. Ernest was a very special man. We know he will be missed greatly.

    Love always, The Ruth Moore family and Kathleen and Bev Sullivan

  7. Bill and I really appreciate all of Ernest’s help when we had the frame shop. I am proud to be a part of this family.
    Love to all and hope to see ya’ll soon.

  8. Dear Lillian and Family,
    Our sincere sympathy to all of you,as you go through this diffficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.I know Ernest is in a better place now. Nan&Dewitt

  9. To such a dear, dear family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Ernest was such a lovely and wonderful man, father, husband and granddad. How much pleasure and comfort all of you brought to him both through his life and during this final difficult time. His goodness and love shall live on in all of you. Love,

  10. David and family.
    Our thoughts and love are with you.May GOD be with you and keep you. Ernest was a great man and we will never forget him how he touched our lives.We love you
    Jeffery Helton, Mom, Granny and sister Janice

  11. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Gene and Diann

  12. Dear Aunt Lillian,
    I will always cherish the memory of Uncle Ernest recognizing me as the ‘little girl next door’ last June. I hope too see you at the beach. Love, Karen

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