Long-time police officer dies after battling leukemia

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston community is mourning the loss of a long-time police officer after he succumbed to leukemia Wednesday morning at the age of 60.

Captain Gary Louis Tillman spent 38 years with the Charleston City Police Department. Tillman received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Trident Technical College and also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Tillman was a member of many organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, the SC Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Exchange Club of Charleston, and the James Island Optimist Club.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Debra Tillman, his daughter Michelle, and his son Kyle.  

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in Asbury St. James Methodist Church. Tillman will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel on Thursday between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 300 West Coleman Blvd. or to Asbury St. James Methodist Church on 756 Rutledge Ave., or the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 at 125 Macy Circle.

Memorial messages may also be written to the family at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

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