Tullis Trees

A Family History Newsletter

Volume 6


Tullis Obituaries: 2006

Editor’s Note: I’ve assembled all of the Tullis obituaries that I could find, from a variety of sources, for the year 2006. This includes anyone with the Tullis name, either as a birth name or married name. In the few cases where photos were available, I have included them. If anyone has other photos, please email them to me (TomTullis @ aol.com) and I will add them. Also, obituaries for other Tullises who died in 2006 can be sent to me for addition to the article. Obituaries below are in order by date of death.

Randall L. Tullis
Parsons Sun - January 18, 2006
COFFEYVILLE - Randall L. Tullis, 70, of Coffeyville died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla. He was born Oct. 8, 1935, in Oswego to James S. and Daisy M. (Seaton) Tullis. He had lived in Coffeyville since 1961. He worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita from 1955 until 1957. In 1958 he went to work for Funk Manufacturing in Coffeyville, retiring in 1998. He was an avid bowler. Over the years, he won many bowling awards. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited. He married Sandra Back June 25, 1960, in Oswego. She survives of the home in Coffeyville. Other survivors include a son, Douglas Robert Tullis of Independence; a daughter, Kimberly K. Bryant of Richmond Hill, Va.; two grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth E. Kearse of Philadelphia. He was preceded in death by a brother. The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Burial will be Penwell-Gabel Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call today at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials to Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

Mary Kirk Tullis
6 February 1912 - 18 January 2006
From http://www.findagrave.com/
Mrs. Mary Kirk Tullis, age 93, of Snellville, GA, formerly of Flovilla, GA died January 18, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hosea Boyt Tullis, daughter, Janelle Busby and several brothers and sisters, most recently sister, Helen Proctor and is survived by daughter, Mary Dickens of Snellville; grandchildren, Leann Bryan, Robert Busby, Donna Jordan, Susan Blake, Bill Busby, Kirk Busby, Keith Busby; 10 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Tullis was a long time member of Flovilla Baptist Church.

George Michael Tullis
1957 - 2006
The Republican (Springfield, MA) - February 6, 2006
AGAWAM - George Michael Tullis, 49, of Agawam, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2006. George was born in Springfield on January 11, 1957, the beloved son of Lorraine (Guazzerotti) Tullis of Springfield and the late George Gaston Tullis. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. He was a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and was employed at Hallmark Cards in Connecticut. George will be dearly missed by his sister, Lynn Langlois and her husband David of Hampden, his nephew, Kyle and niece, Mikayla. George will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. Funeral services and burial will be private at the request of his family. Memorial donations may be made in George's memory to Wide Horizons for Children, 38 Edge Hill Road, Waltham, MA 02451, Attn: Pat Clark. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels in Springfield.

James Clyde TullisJames Clyde Tullis, Jr.
The Courier (Houma, LA)- February 16, 2006
James "Jim" Clyde Tullis Jr., 81, a native of Vivian and resident of Houma, died at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to funeral time Thursday at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church. Mass will be at noon Thursday at the church, with burial in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Fonseca Tullis of Houma; one son, Phillip James Tullis and wife, Andrena Vedros Tullis, of Baton Rouge; two daughters, Cindy Tullis Ellis Duet of Houma and Julie Tullis Head and husband, Stanley D. Head, of Carencro; nine grandchildren, Chandler S. Tullis, Cason Tullis, Kelley Keesee, Brennan Head, Justin Head and wife, Jessica, Daniel Head, Anne-Katheryn Head, Matt Ellis and Rusty Ellis; and one great-grandchild, Janna Head. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Clyde Tullis Sr. and Myrtle Jewel Chandler Tullis; one brother, Francis Newell Tullis; and one sister, Lorene Tullis Elliot. He was retired from Marathon Oil Co. with 40 years of service and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 31. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received the Bronze Star Medal of Honor, Good Conduct Medal and served Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 614 Barrow St., Houma, LA 70360, or Hospice of South Louisiana. He was a parishioner of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church. Chauvin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Colleen (Baugh) Tullis
Pharos-Tribune - February 26, 2006
Shirley Colleen (Baugh) Tullis, 70, of Carthage, Mo., died at 11:20 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. Mrs. Tullis was born May 16, 1935, in Carthage. She was a homemaker and worked many years with children at Head Start, Hominy, Okla., CP Center, Carthage as director and teacher's aide at Columbian School, Carthage. She also worked at Leggett & Platt, Munsingwear, Hominy and retired from the records department at McCune Brooks Hospital, Carthage. She and James O. Tullis were united in marriage June 17, 1954, in Carthage. Mr. Tullis survives. Other survivors include two sons, James M. and Betty Tullis, Oronogo, Mo., and Cha` and Teena Tullis, Hominy; a daughter, Angelia Tullis, Dallas, Texas; mother, Bessie Myers, Webb City; grandchildren, Jim Bob Tullis, Atlanta, Ga., Charlie and Casey Tullis, Oronogo, Sallem and Sheldon Tyler and Tiercy and Gary Brown, Hominy, Chasin D. Tullis, Whiteman Air Force Base, Warrensburg, Mo., Leigh Yeager, New York City and Lauren Yeager, Kansas City, Mo.; great-granddaughters, Sydnie Tyler and Codie Brown, Hominy; sisters, Blanche Flesher and husband, George, Janice Cole and husband, Larry, Reatha Jeffries and husband, Kenny, all of Carthage and Beverly Comer and husband, Lamont, Springfield, Mo.; brothers, Homer and Marguerite Baugh, Kenneth and Ida Mae Baugh, Dick and Joanie Baugh, John and Judy Baugh, Ben and Chris Baugh and Jeff Myers, all of Carthage; and several nieces and nephews, many cousins and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, Homer M. and Rosella Baugh, Carthage, George Myers, Reeds; two brothers, Larry Baugh and Albert Myers. Graveside memorial services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Hackney Cemetery, rural Carthage. Services are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.

Verley Reed Tullis
The Toledo Blade, February 27, 2006
Verley Reed Tullis, 93, of South Toledo, passed away February 26, 2006, in the Heartland Care Center of Perrysburg. Reed was born on November 13, 1912, in Bryant, Indiana. In his younger days he grew up in southern Illinois, where he attended grade school, high school and college. In his younger years he like to hunt and fish and while attending high school in Marion, Illinois, he was on the track team as a pole vaulter and was a medalist for all four years in high school. Reed attended Southern Illinois Normal University for four years and also competed on their track team, where he was a medalist each year and held the school pole vault record for three years. Reed transferred all his credits to University of Illinois and graduated two years later with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation he went to work for the IBM Corp. working as a field manager and retired after 35 years of service in June of 1975. Reed is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary (Butts) Tullis, whom he married in 1941; daughter, Bonnie (Bob) Wicks of Maumee; brother, Cline (Doris) Tullis of Zepherhilla, FL; grandchildren, Bryan (Melissa) Wicks of Richmond, VA, and Renee (Jeff) Noftz of Bowling Green, OH. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Adam and Chloe Wicks and Jordon Noftz. Friends may call at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Ave. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 28th, from 2-9 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. www.walterfuneralhome.com

John Henry Tullis
Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Commercial, March 10, 2006
January 25, 1911-March 7, 2006
McGEHEE - John Henry Tullis, 95, of McGehee, died Tuesday at his home. He was born Jan. 25, 1911, at Lawhorn, La., a son of the late Thomas Jefferson Tullis and Lilian Angel Tullis. He was a lifelong resident of McGehee. He was a maintenance supervisor for the McGehee School District. He was a member of the First Assembly of God at McGehee. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mittie Tullis; eight brothers, Earl Tullis, Earnest Tullis, Jim Tullis, Burn Tullis, Ezra Tullis, Tom Tullis, Jim Tullis and William Tullis; seven sisters; and one grandchild. Survivors include two sons, Bill Tullis of McGehee and Jim Tullis of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one daughter, Betty Jo Tullis of McGehee; one sister, Idell Wiggins of Jamestown, La.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Assembly of God at McGehee with Don Borland and Bob Willis officiating. Burial will be in McGehee Cemetery by Griffin Funeral Service at McGehee.

E.D. Tullis
The Lufkin Daily News, March 9, 2006
Graveside services for E.D. Tullis, 57, of Lufkin, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2006, in the Rockland Cemetery in Houston County, with Reverend Ross Black officiating. Mr. Tullis was born March 25, 1948, in Lufkin, Texas, the son of the late Rosie Lee (Herring) and E.D. Tullis. He died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in a local hospital. Mr. Tullis was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was employed as a salesman, and had resided in Lufkin for most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Lena Tullis of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and T.J. Tullos of Lufkin, Debra and B.L. Carver of Lufkin and Karen and Greg Kennemer of San Augustine; daughters, Jessica Whitmore and Pamela Whitmore, both of Lufkin; son, Richard Whitmore of Lufkin; sister, Mattie Mize of Lufkin; brother, Bill Tullis of Lindale; 7 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Reeves, Donnie Reeves, Will Tullis, Jim Nerren, Jerry Brown and Thomas Dodds. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Bertrand, Billy McInnis, Terry Smith, Ronnie Finn, Donnie Rogers and Thomas Harris. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Family Funeral Care. Family Funeral Care of Lufkin, directors.

Anna G. "Gerry" (Tullis) Hovey
The Providence Journal (RI), April 13, 2006
HOVEY, ANNA G. 'GERRY' (TULLIS), 75, of Burgoyne Drive, Warwick, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was the sweetheart and beloved wife of David J. Hovey, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Hovey were married for 54 years. Born in Stanberry, Missouri, a daughter of the late Earle and Sarah Zoe (Ficklin) Tullis, she lived in Warwick since 1958, and also maintained a home in Yarmouthport, MA. Mrs. Hovey was affiliated with L.M. Hovey & Son in Providence for 37 years, and served as president of the company for the last 11 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Anita K. Hovey of Warwick; a son, David J. Hovey, Jr. of Glocester; two sisters, Dorothy LaJoie and Catherine Talmadge, both of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, Earl Tullis of St. Joseph, MO and Billy Tullis of Corning, IA; and three grandchildren, Jesse, Jaimie, and Joia. She was the sister of the late Richard Tullis. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m. in the Peter J. Barrett Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Spring Green, Warwick. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association of RI, 298 West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903.

Santette Tullis-Cesaire
Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 04, 2006
Santette passed away Friday, April 21, 2006. A resident of Las Vegas, she was born in Miami, Jan. 18, 1979. Santette loved people and did many acts of kindness for friends and strangers alike. She will be remembered especially as a good friend with a wonderful smile. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at F.A.C.T!, 1700 Wheeler Peak, Ste. 160, Las Vegas, NV 89106. The phone number is 702-383-1892.

Paul E. Tullis
Southwest Times Record, May 4, 2006
Paul E. Tullis, age 89, of Fort Smith passed away Monday, May 1, 2006, in Fort Smith. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and the owner of Paul Tullis Furniture Shop. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Tullis. Rosary service will be 7 p.m. today at the Chapel at Fentress Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4 at St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, all under the direction of Fentress Mortuary. He is survived by two sons, Ed Tullis and his wife, Diana of Tulsa and Clyde Tullis and his wife, Kathy of Dallas; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bill Tullis, Mike Tullis, Tom Adelson, Mike Friloux, John Sharum and Bill Marriott. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1820 N. B St., Fort Smith, AR 72901; or Peachtree Hospice, 4300 Rogers Ave., Suite 33, Fort Smith, AR 72903. To place an online tribute, please visit www.fentressmortuary.com.

M. Margaret "Mabs" Tullis
16 Sep 1906 - 6 May 2006
St. Petersburg Times, May 10, 2006
TULLIS, M. MARGARET "Mabs", 99, of Clearwater, died Saturday (May 6, 2006) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in Toronto and came here in 1979 from Gatlinburg, Tenn. She was a retired interior designer. Survivors include a son, Peter Kiernan, British Columbia, Canada. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.

Mary Lee Tullis Crutcher
March 31, 1919 - May 30, 2006
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) - June 2, 2006
Mary Lee Tullis Crutcher, our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, "Mimi", passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 after several years of battling cancer. She was born on March 31, 1919 in New Orleans to the late Mary Lee Brown Tullis and Garner Hugh Tullis. Mary Lee lived most of her life in New Orleans and Pebble Beach, California. She was a member of the first graduating class of Metairie Park Country Day School, and attended Newcomb College, followed by a year studying art in Florence, Italy. Mary Lee made her debut as a maid in the courts of Twelfth Night Revelers, Atlanteans, and the Mystic Krewe of Comus. She also reigned as Queen of Mystery and Queen of Cotton. In the 1960's and 70's, she was a co-owner of two successful women-owned businesses on Magazine Street: Needlepoint, Inc. and The Rose and the Ring. Mrs. Crutcher was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Garden Study Club of New Orleans, the Junior League of New Orleans, the Colony Club of New York City, and Pi Beta Phi Sorority. For the past 25 years, she and her husband divided their time between New Orleans and Pebble Beach, CA. An avid golfer, tennis player, badminton player and dancer, she was known for her athleticism, competitive spirit and sense of style. She loved Broadway musicals and tap dance, and she helped Miggy Felder teach ballroom dancing to the young. She read and traveled widely and enjoyed entertaining. She will be remembered for her graceful beauty, sassy sense of humor, gentle presence, steely determination and her enormous generosity. Mary Lee is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 54 years, Albert Bruce Crutcher, Jr., daughters Marilee Eaves James of Seattle, WA., Priscilla Eaves Reiss and Allison Crutcher McAshan of New Orleans, sons Albert Bruce Crutcher, III of New Orleans, and John Tullis Crutcher of Grenada, Spain, and her brother Eli Watson Tullis of New Orleans. She was predeceased by her daughter Penelope Eaves Becker, brother Garner Hugh Tullis II and sister Malcolm McCullough Tullis Barkley. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Anne Phyfe S. Palmer, Rebecca Snedeker, Jennifer S. Arnone, James Reiss, III, Lady Catherine Reiss, Crutcher Reiss, Peter Becker, Christian Becker, Shannon Collins, Charlotte C. Meade; Samantha, William, Hudson and Garner McAshan; Rudolf Vrana and Ian Crutcher; great grandchildren Lily and Charlotte Palmer, Tatum and Brooke Reiss, Penelope Becker and Katelyn and Carley Arnone. Her adoring husband, children and family will miss her dearly. They give special thanks to Marc Lenoir, Nelly Salazar, Xamiry Villalobos and Serentiy Hospice for their compassionate care during her recent illness. A memorial service honoring Mary Lee Crutcher will be held on Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue with the Rev. Dabney Smith and the Rev. Jean Meade officiating. Visitation in the Board Room of the church from 10:00 AM until service time. The family requests that memorials in lieu of flowers be sent to Ochsner Foundation Hospital, 1516 Jefferson Hwy., New Orleans, LA. 70121. Arrangements under direction of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, 1600 North Causeway Boulevard, Metairie. Information: (504) 835-2341.

Lee Ann Tullis
19 Sep 1959 - 8 June 2006
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) - June 14, 2006
Lee Ann Tullis died the morning of June 8, 2006, of congestive heart failure at Ochsner Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Albert R. Tullis, her mother, Barbara Schwaner, her father Burl Eddy, her step-father Clint Schwaner, her brother, Chris Eddy and her step-brothers Mike Schwaner, Ralph Schwaner, Scott Schwaner, Tommy Schwaner, Greg Schwaner and Randy Schwaner. Lee was born in Connersville, Indiana, a graduate of Slidell High School and an Honors Graduate of Electronic Computer Programming College in Chattanooga, TN. Lee's kindness and willingness to help others will be sorely missed by all. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Services at Honaker Funeral Home,1751 Gause Blvd. West (In Forest Lawn Cemetery), Slidell, LA, on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. Visitation on Thursday after 10:00 A.M. until funeral time. Lee requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to the St. Tammany Humane Society, 20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, La. 70433.

Martha Ann (Mooney) Tullis
from Harley Funeral Home
March 09, 1943 - June 08, 2006
Martha Ann Tullis, 63, of 3623 Highway 25 South, wife of Joseph Alfred Tullis, died Thursday, June 8, 2006 at her home. Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late Fletcher and Martha Lillian Hall Mooney. She was employed by Greenwood Mills, Mathews Plant and was a member of New Life Baptist Church. Surviving is her husband of the home; a daughter, Tammy Lewis of Greenwood; a son, Bobby Joe Mooney of Greenwood; three stepdaughters, Tammy Gary and Twila Creech, both of Waterloo and Jamie Holley of Hodges; a stepson, Jefferson Tullis of Waterloo; a sister, Syble Hitt of Greenwood; a brother, David Mooney of Greenwood; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bobby Richardson, William Hitt, Danny Hitt, Jr., Fletcher Hitt, Clarence Young and Trey Grogan. The family is at the home. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. A. L. Tumblin officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Joseph Alfred Tullis
The Index-Journal, Greenwood, SC, June 19, 2006
Joseph Alfred Tullis, 67, a beloved father, has lost his struggle with cancer and went on to share his eternity with his wife Martha Ann Mooney Tullis, while surrounded by his family, on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18, 2006 at his home. Born in Abbeville, he was a son of the late John Henry Tullis and Evelyn Maynard Cheek. He worked at Greenwood Mills for 27 years and he last worked at Capsugel. Known by "Joe", he was an avid golfer, love to fish and devoted to his dogs. Mr. Tullis loved his family and was a member of New Life Baptist Church. Surviving are four daughters, Tammy Gary and husband Les, and Twila Creech and husband Keith, both of Waterloo, Jamie Holley and husband Kerry, of Hodges, and Tammy Lewis, of Greenwood; two sons, Jefferson Tullis, of Waterloo, and Bobby Joe Mooney, of the home; a sister, Jeraleine Cheek Burton, of Hodges; a brother John Henry "Sonny" Tullis Jr., of Gainesville, GA; a special nephew, William "Buddy" Hitt, of Greenwood; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday at Greenwood Memorial Gardens with the Reverend A. R. "Bud" Tumblin officiating. Pallbearers will be Ray Turner, Robert Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Keith Ashley, Bobby Richardson, and Buddy Hitt. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Barrett and Barry Holley. The family will receive friends at Harley Funeral Home on Monday from 7:00 until 9:00 PM. The family has asked that flowers be omitted and memorials made to Harley Funeral Home, Po Box 777, Greenwood, SC 29648; Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646; or to New Life Baptist Church Building Fund, 116 Clark Ave, Greenwood, SC 29649. The Family is at the home. Harley Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.harleyfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth (Bell) Tullis
15 December 1907 - 22 June 2006
Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - June 23, 2006
FAIRFIELD -- Elizabeth B. Tullis, 98, died Thursday, June 22, 2006, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Bethel Methodist Church in Geff and a retired teacher and substitute teacher at New Hope Grade School. Surviving are her son, Carson; daughters, Norma J. Puckett and Linda Mix; sisters, Virginia Webster and Dorothy Hay; nine grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 16 stepgreat-grandchildren. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Nale's Funeral Home, with burial in Shrewsbury Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Comfort Room.

Harvey S. Tullis
Morning Journal (Lisbon, OH)- June 25, 2006
LISBON. Harvey S. Tullis, Jr., 57, of 10479 Stookesberry Road passed away unexpectedly at 11:20 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2006, at Akron General Medical Center following a brief illness. He will be sadly missed by his family members. Harvey was born April 10, 1949, in Lisbon, the son of Lucille (Yarwood) Tullis of Lisbon and the late Harvey S. Tullis, Sr. A 1967 graduate of Lisbon David Anderson High School, he had been employed at Albco Foundry and Machine Inc. and also Salem Brass & Aluminum. In addition, he has owned and operated Aluminum & Brass Foundry in Lisbon for 40 years. He is survived by his first wife, Pam Moore Hogue of Leetonia; daughters, Amy (Roy) Faulk of Lisbon and Pamela (Matt) Bricker of Leetonia; grandchildren, Brook Faulk, Trevor Reese and Alexis Bricker. Harvey also is survived by his second wife, Christine (Earich) Tullis of Lisbon; daughter, Miss Samantha Tullis of the home; stepson, Michael Tullis of the home; brother, Steve Tullis of Salem, and sister, Wanda (Perry) Surmaceviz Sr. of Lisbon. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James Tullis and Charlie Tullis. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Herbert E. DeLong officiating. Burial will follow in Lisbon Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Neva Tullis ErianneNeva B. (Tullis) Erianne
The Bridgeton News (NJ) 6 July 2006
Neva B. Erianne (nee Tullis), 61, of Upper Deerfield Township died after an extended illness early Tuesday morning July 4, 2006 at the South Gate Health Care Center in Carney's Point. The widow of Lt. Andrew X. Erianne, a retiree of the Bridgeton Police Department, who died in 2004, she had been a lifelong resident of the Bridgeton area. Prior to moving to Upper Deerfield Township, she had been a resident of Hopewell Township for many years. She was the daughter of the late George Tullis and the late Patricia (nee Bowe) Tullis Spoltore and the step-daughter of the late Richard J. Spoltore. Mrs. Erianne was employed for seventeen years with the Cumberland County Health Department until her retirement in 1989. She was a graduate of Bridgeton High School in 1962 and a longtime member of the St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church. Neva was known among family and friends for the jewelry which she both designed and hand made. She also traveled extensively and especially enjoyed doing so with her mother. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Bullock and her husband Wayne of Fairton, one son, Stephen R. Erianne of Reading, Pa., one stepson, Michael A. Erianne and his wife Donna of Bridgeton, one step-daughter, Deborah Meyer Loatman of Bridgeton, five grandchildren, Anthony Meyer, Stephen Andrew Erianne, McKenna McFarland, Noah Erianne and Luke Erianne and several cousins, including Barbara Edwards and Jeanette Johnson, both of Pennsville. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Liturgy Friday morning July 7 at 11 o'clock at the St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, 46 Central Avenue in Bridgeton. The interment will take place following the Funeral Liturgy at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cedarville. Memorial contributions are suggested in Mrs. Erianne's memory to South Gate Health Care Center, 449 S. Pennsville-Auburn Road, Carneys Point, N.J. 08069. Written condolences and tributes may be addressed to the family using the funeral home website address, freitagfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the FREITAG FUNERAL HOME, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton.

Shirley F. Tullis
The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 17, 2006
LATONIA - Shirley F. Tullis, 48, a homemaker, died Friday at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Tullis; brothers, Ed Warrix and Wayne Warrix; sisters, Chasity Simpson, Donna Meyer, Julia Morris, Cordie Embry and Tammy Harrison; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday with service following at A.C. Dobbling Funeral Home, Bellevue. Burial will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

George Warren Tullis
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - August 9, 2006
George Warren Tullis Oct. 7, 1935 - July 29, 2006 Resident of Antioch. Graveside service, Aug. 11, 11 a.m., Union Cemetery District, Brentwood. Brentwood Funeral Home, (925) 634-2171.

Robert W. Tullis
Delta County Independent - August 4, 2006
Robert W. Tullis of Hotchkiss died July 28, 2006, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 85. A celebration of his life was held at the Tullis residence. Mr. Tullis processed insurance claims. He was a fighter pilot in World War II. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Tullis of Hotchkiss; and Joanne Tullis of Bellingham, Wash.; a cousin, Marta Rhee; and two grandchildren, Kelly Lesoing and Casey Lesoing. Memorial contributions may be made to Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Madeline M. (Corliss) Tullis
Ottawa (IL) Daily Times, August 9, 2006:
OTTAWA - Madeline M. Tullis, 67, of Ottawa, died Monday morning, Aug. 7, at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Owsley officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mueller Funeral Home. Mrs. Tullis was born Nov. 20, 1938, in Lincoln, Neb., to Ralph Rosser and Marie Ruth (Broad) Corliss. She married Beryl Tullis on June 2, 1962, in Chicago. She attended Doane College in Nebraska and received an associate degree from Illinois Valley Community College. She was a member of Martha Mary Guild, Crafts Club, Bible Study, Ottawa Junior Women's Club and First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Linda (Mike) Pubentz of Ottawa and Cheryl Ann Damron of La Salle; a son, Steven Beryl (Georgia) of La Salle; five grandchildren, Ryan Michael, Katherine Marie and Jenna Christine Pubentz, Jacob Ryan Damron and Jessica Lynn Peterson; and two brothers, Ralph Rosser Corliss Jr. of California and James (Terrie) Corliss of LasVegas. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Jim and Ralph Jr. Corliss, Mike Pubentz, Ray Mitchell, Ben Luense, Blairant Beals and Marvin Carlson.

Bruce Blanton Tullis
The Chicago Tribune, August 20, 2006
Bruce Blanton Tullis, age 46, passed peacefully with his mother, Martha Bower and brother, Philip Tullis by his side. He is remembered as a strong, sensitive man with a deep love for family and animals. He is surpassed by his paternal grandparents, Roy Tullis and Mildred Shaw; his maternal grandparents, Harold and Naomi Waller; and his father, Rev. Richard Roy Tullis. He leaves behind his mother, Martha W. Bower; his older brother, John Tullis with his wife, Jennifer and their children, Mary-Sarah and David, along with his younger brother, Philip W. Tullis, with his fiancé, Kim Christian and his son, Philip Kyle Tullis. Bruce was a blessing as a child and even more so during his passing. He gave love, compassion and humor until he passed. He will be missed.

Lawana Mickelson Tullis
The Spectrum, St. George, UT, September 13, 2006
CEDAR CITY - Lawana Tullis, 73, passed away September 10, 2006 in Beaver, Utah, after suffering many years with rheumatoid arthritis. She was born October 31, 1932 to Frank Mickelson and Garnetta Eyre Mickelson. She married her cowboy Charles Clayton Tullis on March 22, 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple. Her greatest joy was living with Clayton, her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and spending time at the cabin at Panguitch Lake. She and Clayton worked many hard but fun years building their own cabin. She loved hunting deer and being in the mountains. Lawana worked in banking for well over 30 years. She began her banking career as a teller at Bank of Iron County and filled many positions before becoming a Bank Manager for Dixie State Bank. She is survived by her children, Susan Sorbe, of Orderville, Utah; Russell C. Tullis (Sharron) of Parowan, Utah;. Her grandchildren Christian Sorbe (Christy) of Phoenix, Arizona; Michael Sorbe (Jessica) of Washington, Utah; Anne Sorbe of Cedar City, Utah; Alisha Tullis of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jace Tullis of Parowan, Utah; Cody Tullis of Parowan, Utah; two great grandchildren, Matthew Sorbe and Andrew Sorbe of Phoenix, Arizona. She is also survived by her brother Douglas Mickelson (Rose Ann) of Winnemucca, Nevada. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clayton Tullis, and her sister Marlene Hinton. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday September 13, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Parowan 3rd and 4th Ward Chapel. Visitations will be held on Tuesday September 12, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Parowan Southern Utah Mortuary and also on Wednesday September 13, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Parowan Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent through our website at www.sumfamily.com.

Grover C. Tullis
Americus Times Recorder, October 1, 2006
AMERICUS. Funeral services for Mr. Grover Tullis of 440 Mad Dog Rd., Plains, who died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at Sumter Regional Hospital will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 3, from the Bethlehem Baptist Church. The Rev. Johnny Lundy will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The remains will lie in repose at the church one hour to the services. Mr. Grover Tullis was born in Sumter County on Sept. 13, 1919, to the parentage of the late Mr. Charlie Tullis and the late Mrs. Ella White Tullis. He leaves to mourn his passing, four daughters, Mrs. Lucille (Charlie) Hollis, Ms. Annie Ruth Tullis, Ms. Mary Tullis and Mrs. Brenda (Jonathan) Battle; stepson, Mr. Charles Wright; two sisters, Mrs. Thelma (Rosell) Foster and Mrs. Mae Ola (Charles) Louis; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; two great, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. Barnum Funeral Home will be in charge of these arrangements.

Duane TullisLauner Duane Tullis
Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa, ID) - November 5, 2006
Launer Duane Tullis, 68, of Nampa passed away peacefully with his family beside him on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, after a long, courageous battle against cancer . Duane was born on a rainy night at home in Nampa on Oct. 15, 1938, to Edwin James and Crissie Elise Tullis. He was the seventh child of 11 children, having five brothers and five sisters. The family lived in Homedale near the Oregon-Idaho State Line Store. His education began in a small country school nearby. He attended Sunny Ridge School in Nampa and later moved to Marsing, where he attended high school. At the age of 17, in 1956, he joined the Navy and completed his high school education. He then took up the study for instrument technician. He served as an ordinanceman on the USS Hancock, an aircraft carrier, and was honorably discharged in 1959. After his service to his country, he went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle as a lead man. During a vacation back home he met Almeda Gibbens in May of 1961. They were married a month later on June 10 in the Marsing L.D.S. Church. Together they traveled while Duane worked for Hughes Aircraft putting in "Minuteman" missiles in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Missouri. During this time their first daughter, Kimber Lea was born in May of 1962 in Nampa's Mercy Hospital. In June of 1964 their son, Tye Damon was born, also at Mercy Hospital in Nampa. Duane worked as a gunsmith in Phoenix, Ariz., from 1964 until he became employed by E.G. & G. in Las Vegas, Nev., doing underground testing. Two years later they moved to Richland, Wash. Duane worked there for four years at the Hanford Reactor. Their second daughter, Karin Elise was born in Kennewick Hospital. While in Richland, Duane studied law but decided not to move his children to California where he could complete his law exams. In 1971 the family moved back to Idaho, living on a small farm with Duane being self-employed, first in TV repair and sales and finally as an electrical contractor. Duane was injured in 1972 while helping hunt down a fugitive from justice in the mountains above Tamarack. He was ambushed, a gun battle ensued and Duane was shot in the face with a 30-30 rifle. Although he had life-threatening wounds, Duane put enough pressure on this man, making him "jam up" his gun. Shortly thereafter, he was apprehended safely by other deputies. He ran off the mountain and they rushed him to McCall where he was stabilized and then flown by small aircraft to a Boise hospital thanks to a very brave pilot and a doctor risking their lives flying in a severe thunderstorm. He recently had been trying to locate these two men and their families to pay tribute for their bravery. Duane was preceded in death by two daughters, Kim and Karin, his parents, two brothers and a sister. He is survived by his son, Tye Damon of Boise; grandson, Zachery Damon and his fiancé, Natalie Corbett, of Mesa College, Grand Junction, Colo.; grandson, Braden Tye of Boise, who attends Timberline High School; granddaughter, Carissa KariLea of Boise who attends Liberty Elementary School; a daughter-in-law, Alta Tullis of Boise; three brothers, four sisters and loving friend, Almeda of Nampa. Duane was a member of the NRA and Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge of Caldwell. He had his private pilot license and was in the process of building his own airplane . He was an avid collector and had an expert knowledge of the Civil War and had traveled to many battlefield sites. He had a thirst for knowledge and was usually found in his evening chair with a book open or a yellow legal pad with calculator in hand. A very well-deserved, peaceful nap usually followed. Duane was an expert gunsmith, genius rated at a mechanics, hunter, fisherman, computer programmer and lastly was studying horse training. To his family he was "Poppy," a name given to him by his first grandson, Zachery. He leaves memories of humor around the campfire on big family fishing and hunting trips; fighting over Yvonne's chocolate cake with his brother, Ed; memories of an everlasting fear of "Sasquatch " in his grandsons, properly tying your tie with his son and grandsons, curling up in his chair for a nap with his granddaughter, twinkling blue eyes, mischievous smile, warm hugs for man, woman or child, leather suspenders, strong moral codes, cleanliness, undying faith and no fear of death. During the last seven months, Almeda cared for him. They traveled, reminisced, laughed, cried and planned. This was the richest time of their lives together. Hugs and kisses "Poppy," we'll see you later. Funeral services will be held at the LDS Chapel at Black Cat and Kuna roads at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Interment will follow at Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, 504 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell.

Donald B. Tullis
From http://www.findagrave.com/
23 June 1940 - 2 November 2006
Donald B. Tullis, of Medford, NY, died on November 2, 2006 in his 66th year. Beloved Husband of Lillian. Loving Father of Patricia Joyce, Tara Tullis, Kristina Edmead, Donna Tullis and Joshua Tullis and Father in Law of Robert and John. Dear Brother of Michael Tullis. Cherished Grandfather of Lianna, Aaren, Phallon, Nailah, Malik, Rhoan and Preston. Interment at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.

Gregory TullisGregory M. Tullis
Gwinnett Daily Post (Lawrenceville, GA) - November 7, 2006
Gregory M. Tullis, age 36, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, November 5, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Tuesday, November 7, 2006, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Soop will officiate. Burial Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Greg is survived by: Special Friend: Tammy Craft, Winder; Children: Bryan Tullis, Lawrenceville, Brianna Tullis, Maysville; Father: Junior Tullis, Lawrenceville; Brother: Jeff Tullis, Lawrenceville; Sister & Brother-in-law: Kathy Booth of Lawrenceville, Darlene & Shorty Haynes, Hiawassee; Ex-Wife: Carol Tullis, Maysville; several Nieces & Nephews. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

Florence "Rusty" Tullis
29 May 1936 - 11 Nov 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - November 21, 2006
Florence Tullis, portrayed by Cher in Mask, dies at age 70
By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Florence "Rusty" Tullis, the strong-willed biker mother of a son with a rare, disfiguring disease who inspired the 1985 movie "Mask," has died. She was 70. Ms. Tullis died of an infection Nov. 11 at a Montebello hospital about a month after being injured in a motorcycle accident, her niece, Helen Cunningham, said Tuesday. Ms. Tullis was driving a three-wheeled motorcycle through an intersection in Azusa on Oct. 14 when the right tire fell off and she lost control. The motorcycle struck a curb, throwing her from the bike and into a telephone pole, Azusa police Lt. John Momot said. A one-time go-go dancer with a penchant for drugs and bikers, the flame-haired Ms. Tullis was an unlikely candidate for the limelight. Even she acknowledged that seeing her and her son Rocky Dennis' story on the big screen was "a fairy tale," as she told People magazine after the movie featuring Cher as Ms. Tullis and Eric Stoltz as a teenage Rocky hit theaters in 1985. Rocky Dennis, the younger of Ms. Tullis' two sons, was born in 1961. He appeared healthy, but an X-ray technician noticed irregularities in the boy's skull when he was about 2. A battery of tests conducted at UCLA Medical Center confirmed that Rocky had an extremely rare disease - craniodiaphyseal dysplasia - in which abnormal calcium deposits in Rocky's skull would distort his face and make it grow to twice its normal size. Furthermore, doctors said, Ms. Tullis' son would experience failing eyesight and hearing, he would suffer increasingly severe headaches, and the intense pressure would destroy his brain before he turned 7. Rocky Dennis, however, was 16 when he died in Covina in 1978. During the years they lived in Covina and Glendora, his mother insisted he live as normal a life as possible. She ignored doctors who said her son's poor eyesight would prevent him from learning to read, and she disregarded teachers who tried to discourage her from placing him in a public school. "They tried to say his intelligence was impaired, but it wasn't true," she told People. "I think they wanted to keep him out of the classroom because [they thought] it would bother the other kids' parents." When Rocky graduated from junior high he was an honor student who had learned to accept his deformity and had a knack for making friends. Ms. Tullis said Rocky's "happy-go-lucky attitude" impressed "Mask" screenwriter Anna Hamilton Phelan. "This was not the PTA mother of the year," Phelen said of Ms. Tullis in a 2001 interview with People. "But she was the perfect mother for Rocky. She never made him feel sorry for himself." In a 1986 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ms. Tullis said she "always thought showing Rocky's courage would help a lot of disabled kids and the parents of disabled kids - sometimes they are more disabled than their kids. I didn't realize the movie would be about me, too. Thanks to Cher's brilliance, I come off a kind of heroine." In 1987, Ms. Tullis' older son, Joshua, died of AIDS at 32. "People say, 'Oh, it's too bad they died so young,' " Ms. Tullis, then working as a psychic counselor and living in a trailer park outside Los Angeles, told People in 2001. "I say, 'You don't understand. My kids lived every day of their lives. Every moment.'" The Brooklyn-born daughter of a truck driver, Ms. Tullis had a rough start in life. She started smoking marijuana and riding with bikers at 14. Dropping out of school at 15, she went to work as a "hootchy kootchy" dancer at Coney Island. A short-lived marriage to truck driver Tommy Mason, when she was 17, produced their son, Joshua. A stint with a motorcycle stunt team, "Speedy Babs and his Cyclettes," when she was 19 ended when it was learned that she was hooked on amphetamines. After returning to work at Coney Island as an exhibit hawker, she married painting contractor Roy Dennis, and they moved to Covina in 1959. Ms. Tullis, who at the time of her death was separated from her third husband, Bernie Tullis, had been living in Glendora with her sister, Dorothy Stuart, and her niece when the accident occurred. Ms. Tullis, who had several run-ins with the law over her drug use over the years, moved in with them after completing a prison sentence for possession of methamphetamines in April 2005. "She had a very colorful life," her niece said. "She did a lot of things. She got in trouble. She did what she did." In addition to her sister Dorothy, Tullis is survived by another sister, Bonnie Meeker.

J. C. Tullis
Dothan Eagle (AL), November 16, 2006.
J C Tullis of 502 Hollon St. in Headland, was called home to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. He was 79. The funeral will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church in Headland with Pastor C.S. pope officiating. The body will be in the church one hour before time for the funeral. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. J C loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Greater Shiloh Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Board until his death. J C was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Macon, Ga., to the late Wyatt and Pearl Tullis. He later moved and resided in Headland. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gloria Gene Tullis; sisters, Charlie Bell Whatley and Ruby Christmas; brother, Howard Smith, and nephew, Joseph Whatley. J C leaves to cherish his loving memories and spirit; two sons, the Rev. Stevenson E. Tullis (Judy), Selma, and Mike Ashley, Montgomery; three grandsons, Jason Townsend, Justin Townsend, Brandon Townsend, all of Selma; four granddaughters, Stephanie and Ara Tullis of Selma, Camellia and Mechelle Jackson; nephews, Ravin Whatley Sr. (Linda) of Headland, Hubert Stokes (Josie) Holmer, La., Alfonzo Whatley of Montgomery; special nieces, Mae Liza James (Danny), Mattie Pearl Wilburn (Willie), all of Dothan, Princess Whatley, Erantine Whatley, Tammie Davis (Sean), Wanda Whatley, Brandy Whatley, Demeka Whatley, Tiffany Whatley, all of Dothan; grand nephews, Jeffery Whatley, Kevin Whatley, Dennis Whatley, Danny James Sr., Chris Whatley, Fred Whatley, Raven Whatley (Beverly), all of Dothan, Leroy Whatley, Hawaii; special friends, Eva Pearl Russaw, James McKay, Gene Holston and a host of other relatives and friends. Headland Peoples Funeral Home, 334-693-2855, is in charge of arrangements.

Eleonora Ruth (Smiley) Tullis
July 18, 1920 - November 17, 2006
from Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Homes and Cemetery
Eleonora Ruth Tullis, 86, formerly of 358 Elm St., died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Brownsburg Healthcare Center. She was born July 18, 1920, in Rochester to Earl and Engrid (Hanson) Smiley. She married Milo Dean "Mike" Tullis on April 5, 1941, in Covington, Ky., and he died Oct. 13, 2004. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wabash, where she was active in many areas of her church work. She loved to bake and was an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts and Wabash County Hospital. She had lived in Brownsburg since 2004. She is survived by a daughter, Jackie Ann (Larry) Hubbard, Brownsburg; six grandchildren, Jessica Tullis, Fort Wayne, Rachael Tullis, Lafayette, Ben Tullis, Lafayette, Abigail (Nate) Kamp, New Paris, Kimberly Ruth Hubbard, Martinsville, and Scott (Kristy) Hubbard, Valparaiso; three great-grandchildren, Logan and Luke Hubbard, both of Valparaiso, and Thomas Milo Thomas, Lafayette; two brothers, John (Gladys) Smiley, Sebring, Fla., and Dale (Jean) Smiley, Ponte Vedra, Fla.; and a sister, Terri (Larry) Howdeshell, Rochester. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Michael Dean Tullis, who died in 1951, and Thomas E. Tullis, who died Aug. 31, 1992. Funeral services will be at Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, with the Rev. Manfred Fremder officiating. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash Chapel, 1241 Manchester Ave., and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Preferred memorial is Zion Lutheran Church. The memorial guest book for Mrs. Tullis may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com

Richard H. TullisRichard Harris Tullis, MD, FACS
May 12, 1919 to December 18, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune, December 31, 2006
Dr. Richard Tullis, long time resident of La Jolla completed his journey with us on December 18th. He was active as always until the last few days of his exemplary life despite several years of disabling illnesses. Born in Rome, New York in 1919 his early years were in Rochester, New York. He attended Rochester University graduating in 3 years with honors and obtained his medical training at Syracuse College of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and following graduation completed his internship in Rochester. Assigned to the Pacific Minesweeper Division in 1944, his WWII duty took him to Iwo Jima South Pacific Island theaters, Okinawa, Japan and to post war mine sweep duty to clear the still heavily mined China Sea in 1946. Dr. Tullis finished his surgery residencies in Rochester in 1949 before returning to active Navy duty at San Diego Naval Hospital. August 1950 he was assigned to the escort Carrier 'Sicily' serving again in the China Sea, Japan and Korea. He had a full surgery on the Sicily and received a special Navy Commendation for his medical duty aboard the Sicily. He was assigned to the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital in late 1952 and resigned from active duty to begin private surgery practice in La Jolla in 1954. Married in December 1942 to Joyce Best they had three children, sons Richard PhD of (Leucadia, CA), Norman M.D. of (Springfield, MO) and daughter Jody Plecas of (Melbourne, Australia). There are five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was a man of universal curiosities and enthusiasms. Dedicated to the welfare of his patients, along with his surgery practice he did volunteer work with the County Medical Society, Scripps Memorial Hospital, and PROJECT HOPE in 1971 as senior surgeon. He helped found the San Diego Ostomy Society, the San Diego Burn Center, and the Society of General Surgeons. As long time teacher for the residency programs at the County Hospital he later continued as an associate clinical professor UCSD Medical School. He was Scripps Memorial Hospital Chief of Surgery for several years between 1959 and 1973 and the Chief of their Medical Staff 1965-66. He retired from active practice in 1987. His community and volunteer activities included San Diego Mountain Rescue Team, Visiting Nurses Association, the Sierra Club, SD Railroad Museum, Death Valley 49er's working in the National Park, and several other state and local historical groups including E Clampus Virus. He and his family were hosts to the AFS exchange students and many UCSD and Rotary visiting scholars over the years. He was a cheerful, optimistic, unassuming, gentle man; loved fishing in the Sierras with his kids, loved his years of surgery practice, and thanks to the medical expertise and care of his medical colleagues he had 30 years of borrowed time with us. He was a man of integrity, with a great sense of humor, and a delight in his family and a worldwide circle of friends. A memorial service is planned for Monday, January 8, at 2 PM at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church, Draper Ave., La Jolla. In lieu of flowers the family suggests any donations sent in his memory be directed to Scripps Memorial Hospital Foundation, any San Diego Homeless Rescue mission program, San Diego Hospice, or any philanthropic service of personal choice. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com

Dorothy TullisDorothy (Riley) Tullis
Dayton Daily News (OH) - January 7, 2007
TULLIS, Dorothy, Age 89, of Ft Myers, FL, formerly of W. Carrollton, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at Hope Hospice. She was born October 8, 1917 in Nicholasville, KY the daughter of the late John & Nannie (Richardson) Riley. Preceded in death by her husband John Martin Tullis in 1988. She is survived by her 2 daughters Nancy Pfleger and husband Dennis of MI, Barbara Sutherland and husband Mont of TX, and 4 grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12 noon at the Ansonia Cemetery, Ansonia, OH. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the SWART FUNERAL HOME, W. Carrollton. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice at Shell Point, 15000 Shell Point Blvd., Suite 100, Ft Myers, FL 33908. Swart Funeral Home, 207 E Central Ave., West Carrollton OH 45449.

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