Martha Tillman Durham

Born on June 2, 1922

Departed on November 11, 2020 and resided in Hartsville, TN

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Martha Tillman Durham, age 98, passed away November 11, 2020. Born June 2, 1922 to her parents the late Jim and Mary Harrison Tillman in Nashville, TN. When she was 8 months old, the family moved to Gallatin, TN. In 1944, she met her husband, Hillard “H.O” Durham at a tent revival on Winchester Street. On March 2, 1946, they were married in Rossville, Georgia. In 1948, they bought a farm on Drakes Creek Road in Hendersonville, TN and they lived there until his passing on September 27, 2007. Following his death, Martha moved to Hartsville and resided there until her death.
In 1938 at the age of 16, Martha was baptized at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Gallatin, TN and continued to love the Lord for the rest of her life. She was also a founding member of West Main Baptist Church in Gallatin, TN and Hendersonville Missionary Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN.
Martha T. Durham is survived by one son, Alton Durham of Hartsville, TN, and two grandsons, Cass Durham (Lindsay) of Gallatin, TN and Clint Durham of Hartsville, TN. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville Saturday November 14 from 9:30 am until the service at 11:30 am. Pallbearers will be Cass Durham, Clint Durham, Chuck Creekmore, Darrell Durham, Brent Lackey, and Dayrel Kemper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

12 Comments to Martha Tillman Durham

  1. Margie Andrews
    November 11, 2020 5:42 pm

    Always loved being around Aunt Martha and Uncle Hillary…blessings and prayers to her family. Margie Atnip Andrews

  2. Clint Durham
    November 11, 2020 9:16 pm

    Correction: West Main Baptist Church should be West End Missionary Baptist Church.

  3. Rebecca Durham Byrne
    November 12, 2020 11:00 am

    Loved Aunt Mott, as so many people did. She gave me lots of permanents when I was growing up, and nursed me back to health from flu in the daytime when my mother worked. Also remember that wonderful farm house with a pedal organ in the gigantic hallway that divided Hillard’s and Dillard’s apartments. We kids enjoyed many softball games in their side yard. I can still visualize her stopping on the dirt road on Drakes Creek Road in front of Mammy and Pappy Durham’s house asking if they needed anything from town. She was a precious, sweet and giving lady and will be missed.

  4. Linda Tolley
    November 12, 2020 3:05 pm

    I Love You Aunt Mott…See You Soon In Heaven…❤

  5. Brenda
    November 12, 2020 6:20 pm

    She was a very wise and smart woman and always knew how to cheer you up when you were down she taught me alot .love and miss her dearly

  6. June Frazor
    November 12, 2020 10:14 pm

    Aunt Mott, was like a second mom to me. When I was a teenager in high school she would Pick me up on Friday afternoon, and I would stay the weekend with her. Aunt Mott was the one that got me , and my husband together. Been married 53 years to my husband ALbert. She always loved everyone. I will truly miss her, and she will always have a special place in my heart for a all the love she shared.

  7. Jason travis
    November 13, 2020 8:30 am

    Such sweet memories of her from my youth! And always enjoyed her sending $1 to my kids for Christmas. She was a dear friend to my momma. She was such a sweet lady.

  8. Elaine Gernaey
    November 13, 2020 10:14 am

    Sweet, sweet lady will be missed by so many.

  9. Adam Davidson
    November 13, 2020 6:28 pm

    I have many fond memories of Granny. I always loved her. She was a very special lady.

  10. Diane Elizer Kizer
    November 13, 2020 7:29 pm

    I have known Miss Martha since I was a kid. I remember her sitting out on her garage with the door open shucking corn or working on something g from thd garden. After she moved to Hartsville I saw her a time or two in Sumner Regional Hospital when she was ill. I thought the world of her. So loving , always smiling and always thinking of others. I have wonderful memories of this lady

  11. Lisa Brinkley
    November 14, 2020 11:11 am

    Mrs. Mot was a special lady. My dad (J C Brinkley)
    always said that she was the best lady he ever knew.
    She took care of our family always making sure that we had what we needed. One of my fondest memories was the Christmas eve she made Mr.H.O
    dress up as Santa Clause and pack 4 bikes down a dirt road. I am pretty sure that took doing.
    Rest in heaven

  12. Janet Page
    November 16, 2020 9:02 pm

    I loved you Granny. Your love and prayers kept me going when I didn’t think I had any strength left in me. You were loving and kind to everyone you met. My life is better for having known you.

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