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2017 - Obituary for Herb Tillman, winner of Hialeah Speedway's first race in 1954

Mooresville, North Carolina

Thank you to Michael Martin for contributing this obituary for his uncle Herb Tillman, an early pioneer of racing at Hialeah Speedway. A local driver, Herb was driving George Nelson's 1934 Ford coupe modified and won the opening day feature event in July 1954.

A lot of people loved Herb and his obituary is below. Rest In Peace, Herb Tillman, and thank you for the memories.

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Herbert Allen Tillman
Herbert Allen Tillman, 87, of Mooresville, peacefully passed away on April 3, 2017 at his residence.

Herb was born on August 13, 1929 to Lee and Flora Tillman in Tarboro, NC. He was a retired member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #487 and a member of the Florida Trowel Trades Local #7 of Miami, FL.

Herb was also a retired NASCAR Modified race car driver during the 1950ís through the 1960ís. His racing career continued through the northeastern States, winning races and making loyal fans and friends that have continued to stay in touch with him through the years.

He was respected by all who knew him and always a true gentleman. He will be deeply missed.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Joan Tillman; daughter, Dawn Buskirk (Kevin) of Mooresville; son, Herbert Tillman Jr. (Sherry) of Pompano Beach, FL; grandchildren, Brad, Jennifer, Holly, and Lee; sister in law, Jean of Edgemoore, SC; nieces, Brenda and Linda; nephews, Bruce and Henry; and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Herb was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Tillman and sister, Dolly Tillman.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prepare International, 1100 Pelican Ln. Clemmons, NC 27102 or to Hospice of Iredell County, 202 Williamson Rd. Mooresville, NC 28117.

Carolina Cremation is assisting the Tillman family. Online condolences may be made at

This obituary is online at:

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Michael Martin says:
April 5, 2017 at 2:21 PM
I feel lucky to have you as an Uncle, and even more so as a fine example of how to treat people.

I know youíre driving the fastest race car in heaven Uncle Herb!

Bob Cosgrove says:
April 5, 2017 at 8:40 PM
One of the nice guys,,,he will be missed,

The Throwers says:
April 5, 2017 at 9:34 PM
Gods peace be with you during this time. Uncle Herbie has gone home and will be waiting for us on our day. What a genuine great guy! Love to all the family.

Betty Berube says:
April 5, 2017 at 11:24 PM
Dawn and family, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I still remember him that day we stopped by. So happy and content puttering and working out in his workshop. Such a sweet man. Praying for you all to feel the arms of the Lord carrying you and grieving with you. Betty Berube

Ted & Terri Alt say:
April 6, 2017 at 12:41 PM
Herbie had a profound impact on everyone he befriended. The only people who will not miss him are those who never met him.

John Stinnett says:
April 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM
R.I.P. Herbie. I remember Herbie coming to Flemington and whipping the locals in his Sweet 16.

Marty Nichols says:
April 6, 2017 at 6:47 PM
Best friend a man could have - God Speed!

Al Jolly says:
April 8, 2017 at 12:20 PM
R.I.P. From myself and Everyone who went to Bedleís Gulf in Old Bridge We will never forget all the good old days. Best to the family AL aka Butch.

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