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Wheeler Mellette Tillman

Wheeler Mellette Tillman
  • August 25, 1941 - November 15, 2021
  • North Charleston, South Carolina

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“Only today, January 26, 2022, did I learn of Wheeler´s passing. I am so sad. He was my cousin, my favorite cousin. May his memories be a blessing to...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Elizabeth Tuggle Miller

“I'm sad to hear of Mr. Wheeler's passing. I live across the street from him & if there is anything I can do to help (forward mail, clean house/yard,...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jennifer Whitewing

“So sorry to hear of Wheeler's passing. He was a good friend, and we had many good times. Sorry I didn't see him a lot during our later years. My...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: AJ Taylor - Friend

“To the family of Wheeler. Wheeler was a long time friend that I met when he was in the South Carolina House of Representatives. So we had know each...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Byrnes Bryant

“So sorry to see Wheeler pass. He was a lifelong friend, as well as the rest of the Tillman family, to the Padgetts. Knew him from birth on. He was...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Harold Padgett - Friend

“Sammy, so sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts & prayers for you & your family. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: William Thierfelder

“Sammy and Sandy: I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Bev Jones Robertson Salvo

“Wheeler has been a friend since 1977. Our daughters spent many hours playing together when they were small. I am grateful for his kindness and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Denkowicz Lundgren

“Wheeler and I were classmates at Chicora High School and he was my attorney' I am deeply sadden by his passing, it was as much shock as a surprise. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Fred Coward - North Charleston, SC

Photo shows Wheeler and part of the classmates at the 45th Reunion “I join our classmates of the Chicora High Class of 1959 in offering condolences to Wheeler's family. We were saddened to learn of his passing. We had...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Lou Seyle - North Charleston, SC

“Wheeler was the first Charleston lawyer brave enough to hire a fresh graduate of the USC Law School - and I gained valuable experience with the...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Geoffrey Waggoner - Work

“My sincere and deepest sympathy to you, Holly and Sammy. Wheeler was a good person. I knew him since our high school days at Chicora. We remained...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Beck - Spencer, TN - Friend

“You will be missed Wheels. You were a great friend to all who crossed your path. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Darienne Adams

“Although I have not seen Wheeler in some time, I remember him well...A fine man who loved his community and was a true friend to all those those who...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Cheryll Woods Flowers - SC

“We shall miss you, friend ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Anne Hochreiter - Friend

“Lifelong friend of the family and I just found out of his passing. He lost his wife not long ago and still mourned her passing. Rest in peace my dear...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Ron Padgett - Friend

“So sorry! Prayers for the family. Wheeler and our best friends since grade school. He was smart and a true friend. He went to the service for his...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Blackmon Scott - Friend

“I had the pleasure of serving with Wheeler in the SC House of Representatives during the early to mid 1970´s. He was a good Representative for...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Marchant - Work


Wheeler Mellette Tillman, 80, of North Charleston, SC, husband of the late Brenda Gayle Watson, entered into eternal rest Monday, November 15, 2021. His private graveside service, with Air Force Honors, will be held in Beaufort National Cemetery. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

Wheeler was born August 25, 1941 in Charleston, SC, a son of the late Frank Tillman and the late Moye Mellette Tillman. He graduated in 1963 with a BA degree from Sawanee, University of the South, and later earned his JD degree, graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1966. Wheeler practiced law for over 45 years. He was a Captain in the US Air Force and served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representative from 1972 - 1976. In addition to practicing law, Wheeler loved helping animals, riding his Vespa Scooters, playing the piano and traveling.

He is survived by his daughter, Holly Gorman of Richmond, VA; his brother, Sammy Tillman, of North Charleston, SC; and his grandchildren, Alyssa Gorman and Kaitlyn Gorman, both of Richmond, VA.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.