Thomas "Bob Tom" Jilton
On Tues, Jan. 5th, 2021 Robert Thomas "Bob Tom" Jilton passed away at the age of 71 after a lengthy illness.
Bob was born Aug. 11th, 1949 to Pearl and Jubal Jilton in Washington County, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ned D. Jilton Sr, and Ted Jilton. He is survived by his daughter Samona McMillan (Craig) and son Jonathan Robert Jilton, grandchildren Sabryna and Skylar McMillan and Jubal and Jocelyn Jilton, brothers Mickey and Billy Joe Jilton, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bob was a wandering soul who never quite settled - a talented artist and poet which he kept hidden. He had a quick sense of humor that was brought out even more when around family. Bob loved cars - he once competed at Bristol Motor Speedway almost breaking a drag speed record - he also loved the music of Pink Floyd and sports- having played basketball and volleyball, but his grandchildren brought him his most joy.
Throughout Bob's many careers, he served in the National Guard, worked as a life guard, restored 914 Porsche's and finally settled as a manager with APCOA. That job also took him to Greenville SC where he worked for the City of Greenville before coming back home to TN.
Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer that spread which he fought valiantly for many years and was diagnosed with Covid in Dec. The complications from Covid and his long illness combined proved too much to overcome. His children wish to thank Mickey Jilton for his support of Bob over the years. Mickey took his job as big brother to heart.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gofundme: Bob Jilton final expenses:
https://gofund.me/af69ad1e or to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church general fund 143 Mayberry Rd, Jonesborough TN 37659.
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Micky and family:
Bob was a good friend and neighbor. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Bob has suffered a long time and now he is at rest.
We at TRI are so very sorry to hear about Bob. He will be missed by many.
I haven't seen Bob for many years, but during the years when I knew him, he was good friend. It was always fun to hang out with Bob & Cassandra, Sam & Irene, plus many others. We I send our condolences to all the family and friends.
Lynn & Edgar Sherrod
I am so sorry to hear about Bob Tom. I knew him back in the day, many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are for you all.
I thought the world of Bob. He was such a gentle giant. His brother, Mickey, made life for Bob worth living. He will be remembered always as the sweet friend he was to all who knew and enjoyed him! Prayers for his loved ones during this sad time.