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Re: “Last One Standing

He lives in Mississippi. He is with his best friends !! Works out daily and is retired from the old life, as you may call it !!! Living to the fullest as he can !!! And he still looks great !!!

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Posted by oldforester1950 on 01/07/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Last One Standing

I would love to get in touch with George Tiller. I have many questions for him regarding a woman he dated. This woman also shot him in her home on Millbranch sometime in the late 1970's. I wish him no harm. My questions concern the woman Patsy Read. I don't want to put my phone number on a public forum, but I very much would like to talk to him. Is there anyone that knows how I could get in touch with him?

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Posted by patsyreadsenemy on 01/05/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “The Root of the Matter

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Posted by ThomasSpeer on 12/17/2016 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Top 10 Downtown Myths

NBF is not a word. Is a person's initials. He apologized and tried to make good on it.

Posted by kath on 06/29/2016 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Top 10 Downtown Myths

Please do not use the NBF word.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 01/10/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Top 10 Downtown Myths

Nathan Bedford Forrest's slave market was on Adams, but not at the location of the 100 North Main building. Nathan Forrest had his slave market and home on Adams at the southeast corner of Adams and Third. Basically, across the street from St. Peters Catholic church and the Magevney House. The numbering system got changed in the early part of the 20th century, but the Magevney home was number 86 (198 today), the slave market was number 87, and the Forrest home was number 85.

Some historical markers have been removed for various reasons. But here is what I found on the ones that you remember:
The Davy Crockett marker has been removed, I believe. It was entitled "Catfish Bay" and was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Auction, overlooking the Bayou overflow basin. It said: At Bayou Gayoso's mouth was a shantytown made of abandoned flatboats, where the name "Pinch" (for "Pinch-gut") started. Here Davy Crockett made a campaign speech offering to jump in and come up wetter than anybody.
The Casey Jones marker is located on the west side of Front street, north of Poplar, unless it has been recently moved. This marker says: From a station on this site the night of Apr. 29, 1900, John Luther Jones, replacing the regularly detailed engineer, took out engine 382, pulling the Illinois Central "Cannonball." Driving into a blocked switch at Vaughn, Miss., early the following morning, he stayed with his engine to save his passengers. He was the only man to die in the wreck.

The fort you mentioned was called Fort San Fernando De Las Barrancas and was a Spanish fort located near or on the old city jail/Dog pound site. In the early eighties, a search was made for any evidence of the fort. A lot of old veterinarian medicine bottles were found and towards the end of the season some appropriately dated ceramics, but the season and money were over.

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Posted by Midge Gurley on 01/10/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Top 10 Downtown Myths

when i was a kid my grandparents took me to the Greyhound bus garage in downtown memphis. I had a book on tennesse history which tells of bell tavern and davy crockett uttering his famous line there in which he said "You can all go to hell, and I'm going to Texas. I saw a marker down there on second street I believe when I was about seven, but have been there several times since then and can find no marker. all I remember is that it was near a marker about Ft. fernando I believe I may have got fort name wrong. but could you tell me where it is now? Also on or near the railroad tracks when I was a kid they had a marker about casey jones last ride to canton mississippi where he was killed. but can't find that marker either?

Posted by cody64 on 01/09/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Almost Olympian

Dr. Hurd is a credit to mankind and all the black Americans in the us.he worked hard to accomplish things that some people only dream about.Im from north memphis, and I to ran track at a high level.I'm proud that I got a chance to meet him.god bless his journey.ken olds northside class of 74.

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Posted by kenneth olds on 12/10/2015 at 4:49 AM

Re: “Pay for Nonperformance

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Posted by IESHA OKANE on 11/26/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Opportunity Lost

Just another example of Nashville screwing Memphis ....... just like they do with our tax dollars.

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Posted by Henry Carlyle Acosta on 11/14/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Last One Standing

I am replying to the comment made by mrbig. My family lived across the street from Troyce Tiller when he was being raised by his aunt Carolyn and uncle Jerry on Suzanne Drive in Frayser. Troyce, my sister and myself grew up together. I remember very well our summers together when Troyce would go with my family to moon lake for 2-3 weeks during the summer. Troyce one time accidentally broke a bottle of super glue that got into his eyes - he spent a good hour laying on our kitchen counter with his head hanging in the sink while my mother flushed his eyes out. I remember all the little girls on the street (he was almost the only boy) attacking him, pushing him to the ground, and kissing him all over his face - how he hated that! My sister and I considered Troyce our brother & loved him very much. We moved away when I was 10 years old in 1986. It was very hard to hear that he had died and the circumstances. I miss him still. Be proud of your father - he was a sweet and kind boy no matter what happened later.

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Posted by tesmphs on 09/09/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Top 10 Downtown Myths

I believe the Forrests had an auction block where the 100 N. Main Building currently stands at Adams and Second. And the Irish were certainly not the first Memphians to settle in the Pinch area; that area was where Memphis was originally founded by Winchester and he had a home there, and the Bell Tavern was in that area also. The Irish began to arrive after potato famines in Ireland around 1840. There is a very old bust of Andrew Jackson in the south corridor of the Shelby County courthouse; it originally stood in Court Square and was moved out of the elements to the courthouse. It was fired upon by Confederates when the WBTS broke out, since Jackson was a Federalist. It was sculpted by a very fine American sculptor.

Posted by MemphisTigers on 04/13/2015 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Top 10 Downtown Myths

This is a late answer, but I just read the article. The Colonial Dames placed the marker at Auction Square to king of do a generic marking of several important events: honor both Fort Adams and Fort San Fernando, the founding of Memphis, the Bell Tavern, DeSoto's reaching of the Mississippi river. A lot of events were noted on one sign. As for the slave auction question. I imagine that a lot of slaves were auctioned at the individual slaver dealers. At one time there were two or three slave dealers on Adams avenue, although they were not localized on Auction street. There were other dealers located throughout the city. Both Nathan Bedford Forrest's home and slave dealership were located near the interesection of Adams and Third. As for the Union Avenue name, no one really knows. Everything south of Union avenue use to be an entirely different town called South Memphis. Memphis and South Memphis did not merge together until 1849 and the urban legend has the story that Union was named such to commemorate the merging of the two towns. In the late 80s I developed a downtown tour for the Museum System and gave it to school groups and adults. I researched the area with a lot of assistance from excellent publications from Memphis Heritage and a lot of research at the Memphis Room. It was truly great fun.

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Posted by Midge Gurley on 04/13/2015 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Last One Standing

I am also long friend of George Tiller!! He kept me out of trouble and kept me from going to prison!! Last time I seen him was around 75 !! Can someone please tell me how to get in touch with him ??

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Posted by oldforester1950 on 01/05/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Last One Standing

I met George at U. T. in the fall of 1959 and he fought a Golden Glover from Kingsport in the bathroom one night. Knocked him out. In 1961 I was with the team playing Memphis State and George was behind me on the track. He opened his jacket and showed me his gun. He always knew what he and his family were. He could have been so much more.

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Posted by Vol-Man on 11/05/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Last One Standing

Charles Tiller murdered my friend Gary Arrendale and his girlfriend in cold blood. He didn't deserve to live as long as he did in prison. Glad he was beaten nearly to death.

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Posted by Pickles on 11/05/2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Last One Standing

The Tiller brothers followed my mom and dad and another couple outside and proceeded to beat them up including the women. My dad had to have surgery because he was so badly injured. It's about time they got there KARMA. They didn't like the way my parents looked so they decided to beat them.

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Posted by Deb Mack on 08/30/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Last One Standing

Nick, are you Gerald's son? I've been trying to connect 5 Tillers lines for my family history. Any help would be great. How is George? I haven't seen him since my uncles funeral. I hope he is doing well. My family and I would like to talk to him.

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Posted by msjlm on 08/07/2014 at 6:06 AM

Re: “God’s Rifle

I'm sure that Mr. Patterson had noble intentions when he wrote this piece, but I don't think his intentions translate very well. Reminiscing about the Cotton Carnival and giving a personal mea culpa may help Mr. Patterson sleep better at night in his home in Hilton Head or Charleston, but I'm not sure that it does much good for us current Memphians 600 or 700 miles away.

The use of the word diaspora especially rubbed me the wrong way. When I read that word I typically think of Irish escaping the Great Famine of the 1840's, Jews throughout history, or maybe even the Great Migration. I don't think it's the best word to use to describe a doctor retiring to the Carolinas.

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Posted by RB on 04/22/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “God’s Rifle

Unless this apology was originally written with 24k goldleaf letterhead, it seems pretty worthless.

Most black Memphians are still suffering from extreme disparities of wealth and opportunity, while this guy is writing letters all day and drinking pina coladas at his retirement manor in Hilton Head.

Think you had an easy and privileged childhood? Then get off your lazy, privileged ass and make things better in the present -- you might be old, but you're not dead yet, Mr. Patterson.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 04/21/2014 at 7:10 PM

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