Mr. Tilson was a member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Parma, a former truck driver with Ohio Pacific Transportation, and a resident of Parma.
In January 1978, he was united in marriage to Arletha McBride in Bloomfield, Mo. Mrs. Tilson survives of the home in Parma.
Besides his wife, survivors include three sons, Otis Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia; Larry Williamson of Memphis, Tennessee, and George Jackson of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter, Maudessa Rose of Naperville, Illinois; also 24 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Lewis Jackson and Robert Williamson Jr.; also by one sister, Derotha Kirkwood.
Visitation at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 11 a.m. until 1p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Funeral services will then be conducted on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Minister Reginald Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery in Malden, Mo.