Obituaries » Vivian McKinney Tillman
June 18, 1935 - June 11, 2017
Service Date: June 16, 2017
Funeral Home Rose-Neath Shreveport Marshall St.
Cemetery Forbing Union Cemetery
Church Word Of God Ministries
Funeral Services for Vivian “Eartha Lee” McKinney Tillman, 81, will be held Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Word of God Ministries, 6645 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71129. Burial will follow in the Union Forbing Cemetery, Shreveport, LA. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Tillman; her parents; son, Joe Paul Pratt; granddaughter, Tammy Brown; three brothers; and six sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory seven children, Ivy McKinney Quaker (Ned), Clyde Pratt (Diane), Dennis Pratt (Allean), Shelton Pratt, Linda Straughter (Roosevelt), Lloyd Pratt, and Arneka Tillman Smith (Tyrone), 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Mrs. Vivian Tillman affectionately known as “Eartha Lee” was born at the Confederate Hospital, now known as University Hospital, on June18, 1935 to George and Charlotte McKinney. She was the 10th of 11 children. She was raised in church and accepted Christ at the age of 15 at Springfield Baptist Church and was baptized on the 4th Sunday in August in 1950 under the leadership of D.M. Barnett. While in school she excelled and was a prodigy of basketball. She was so gifted that she and three other young ladies at Booker T. Washington were given the opportunity to go play in Russia behind the Iron Curtain. Life and times were different then and as a result of that Mama Charlotte declined to let her go and the other three young ladies didn’t go either.
She married Paul Pratt in 1953 and was the proud mother of seven children; Ivy, Joe Paul, Clyde, Dennis, Linda, Shelton, and Lloyd. She later married James Tillman on December 13, 1974 and they welcomed one daughter, Arneka, into the world. She worked faithfully at Security Industrial Insurance as a staff manager for 23 years until she had a debilitating stroke September 25, 1999. She has displayed remarkable strength and resilience throughout the years. She defied doctors who said she would never walk again. She not only walked but she could get in and out of bed, go to the bathroom, shower, cook and dress herself for a decade after her stroke. God said well done on June 11, 2017, at Ochsner Medical Center, Slidell, LA, and welcomed her home. She is the epitome of strength, determination, and courage and will forever be missed!