Deacon Tillman Bracey was born September 1, 1925, to Heyward and Ella Mae Alexander Bracey, in the Westville Community of Kershaw County. Deacon Tillman Bracey was affectionately known as “TB” to family and friends and “Pop” to his children and grands.
He was educated in the public schools of Kershaw County. Deacon Bracey grew up in a loving Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He joined Macedonia Baptist Church and served as Chairman of the Deacon board, sang in the male chorus and was church treasurer.
Deacon Bracey served in the US Army during WWII. He retired from EI DuPont as a machine operator and was a plumber by trade. His favorite pastime included walking for exercise, working in his garden, doing word search puzzles, and helping out at the Farmers Market until his health began to decline. He was a member of the NAACP and American Legion Post 203.
Deacon Bracey was married to the beloved Jane E. Cook, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rev. Burnell B. McCarley and eight brothers, Heyward, Lewis, Willie, Levy, Stephen, Leroy, Edward and Johnny Bracey.
Those left to cherish his fond memories are his loving devoted children, Floyd (Sheila) Bracey of Lugoff SC, Vivian B. Chestnut of Camden, SC, Michael G.(Carolyn) Bracey of Jacksonville, FL, Victor L. (Eloise) Bracey of Villa Rica, GA, Heyward B.(Sharon) Bracey of Charlotte NC, George (Tanya) Alexander and Johnny Alexander both Buffalo, NY; a granddaughter, Shay S. Bracey; his grandsons: Lamont, Jason, Ryan, Carl, Desmond, Marcus and Jalen; his great-grandchildren, Malik, Ariana, Kyleigh, Miranda, Omar and Temperance; a brother, Eddie Bracey of Rock Hill, SC; his sisters, Cora Anderson, Mabel Duren, Carolyn (Rev. Thomas) Macon, all of Camden, SC; his sisters-in-law, Ida Bracey, Dorothy Bracey, Ruby Moore, Cora Bracey and Jean Cook; his brother in law, Sammie Cook and a host of loving relatives and friends.