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The Tilford family has received 62
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.: annie - georgetown ky   (Monday, September 10, 2012 05:55pm /  #62)
Stephen remains in our hearts brightly, may his precious peeps feel the Hugs from Heaven on this his Homecoming Anniversary....

.: Haley Conway, Jr. - Grand Forks, ND   (Monday, September 10, 2012 03:23pm /  #61)
Thinking of my friend Stephen today. I just want his family and friends to know that even though we are 6 years now without him around (a strange thought to say the least) his influence on me will stand for many years to come. I'm sure that this is a common feeling shared among all of his friends and family today. He was irreplacable as a friend and you certainly don't forget that with the passage of time.

.: Carol Hamm - Irvington KY 40146   (Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:39pm /  #60)
I had no idea Professor Tilford and wife Shirley that you had lost your son.

Honestly, from Chasity' description of him...he sounded like a young Danny Tilford I encountered in 1969.

I guess it is like the bible says...we have only this minute...because only God knows what tomorrow may bring.

God Bless you and Shirley and so very sorry for your loss. Nothing I can say is enough...I just do not know really how to explain what I am feeling for you as parents. Blessings...

.: annie - georgetown   (Thursday, September 10, 2009 03:11pm /  #59)
"even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one ... I in them and You in Me, perfected in unity" John 17

here or there, ever one in Him
September 10, 2009 earthtime AD

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Wednesday, September 10, 2008 10:41am /  #58)
Dearest Stephen's ... what a precious blessing to see his name in my mailbox today .... and to experience once again the Grace that flows so very deeply through him&his. As your powerful emails have always done, my heart brims over ... thoughts of Stephen & you are a quiet stream through the days, months and now years, more than you might imagine ... and we are profoundly impacted by the Grace that holds you each one then, now and always. Until we see face to Face, we remain steadfast in His love for Stephen and Company

.: The Tipton family, Colby, Darci, Sam and Luke - Georgetown, KY   (Wednesday, September 10, 2008 07:25am /  #57)
Dearest Tilford family,
Reminders of Stephen come each week, and even in between, as we visit the boys and Natalie while Sam has his piano lesson. Colin's continued talk of his Dad warms my heart and mostly makes me laugh...he tells the funniest stories about how, "my Dad can do this the best!" One of the funniest visuals was at his last birthday party, when he just knew that Stephen would jump the highest in the bouncy castle! :) Rhys is a joy and a complete Stephen look-alike. His giggle continues to be a highlight of our week. Natalie, you continue to impress me. You are able to keep Stephen's memory alive in your boys, by sharing pictures and telling stories. You've shown them God's love, and I just can't wait to see those strong, funny little boys grow into loving, equally funny men with solid faith in Him.
Since Stephen's first diagnosis, our family has learned so much from all of you. Thank you for sharing your journey. God is good all the time!

.: June Ann - cincinnati   (Saturday, October 6, 2007 08:13am /  #56)
As September 10 and 11 came and went I thought of how those 2 very sad anniversaries will always be a part of all of us. I remain amazed at the strength of all of you and know that you continue to enjoy the presence of each other, keeping Stephen's memory and music alive. I want very much to see you, Danny and Shirley when we are visiting the Logan's sometime soon. I will be in touch and hope you will be in town and receving visitors! I share many stories of my G-town days, especially when I am helping my seniors decide about college decisions. Thanks for making it such a wonderful place for so many like me!

.: Sam Stack - Church, Waycross, GA   (Wednesday, September 19, 2007 04:55pm /  #55)
Dear Tilford Family,
It is hard to believe that a year has come and gone since Stephen went home to be with the Lord. Our thoughts are with you as you continue to remember the special times that you had with Stephen.
The Stack Family
Sam, Sue, Steven and Rebecca

.: Melinda Bush Simpson - Frankfort   (Sunday, September 9, 2007 09:05pm /  #54)
You all are in my thoughts and prayers as this first anniversary comes and goes. I am specifically praying for peace and comfort for all in the Tilford family.

.: Judith Kennedy Hall Zinner - Louisville   (Sunday, September 2, 2007 04:04pm /  #53)
I am so so sorry. I just saw Stephen's name in the UofL magazine. I did a little research and found this page. We lost our daughter at 7 1/2 months April 2006. I know there are really no words to say except that I am so sorry for your loss and will send up some prayers. - To Daniel Tilford - your former student. Judith Kennedy (Hall) Zinner

.: June Ann Hill - Cincinnati   (Thursday, August 30, 2007 03:25pm /  #52)
As a year approaches since Stephen's death, I have been thinking of all of the Tilfords lately and wanted to let you know you are still in my thoughts and prayers. I was starting my 25th year of teaching music (in large part because of you, Danny) as Stephen became more ill and her I am starting my 26th. How fortunate I am to be continuing what I love and I do not take it for granted. Thanks for you for the many gifts and for sharing your family and love with me over the years. When I think about being 17 and babysitting for the little Tilfords I can't believe so many years have gone by. My love to you all!

.: Susan Van Kley - Chicago, IL   (Monday, June 18, 2007 02:17am /  #51)
Dear Tilford Family -

I was very sad to read of Stephen's passing in the Northwestern Fanfare this evening. I knew Stephen at Northwestern University years ago - he was kind enough to play the piano for me and we became friends.

Stephen's playing was always stunningly nuanced, enthusiastic, passionate and glorious! He could make the piano sound like an entire orchestra! But as beautiful as his musical abilities were, his heart was even more beautiful! Stephen adored his family and was so proud of all of you - I remember once meeting him in Louisville and he was so pleased to introduce me to his lovely parents, Daniel and Shirley - you were so gracious and welcomed me into your home.

While Stephen and I have stayed in touch very little over the years - I had heard from him a little over a year ago. He told me of his cancer but was very determined to conquer it and live a wonderful life with his wife and sons; he has been in my prayers everyday since. Now, all of you will be in my prayers. My condolences are insignificant compared to your loss but please know there is one more person out there who loved Stephen for the wonderful human being he is and who will keep you all uplifted to our Beautiful Saviour as you grow and heal.

Kindest and deepest regards -

Susan

.: Steve Noble - University of Louisville School of Music   (Saturday, April 14, 2007 10:26pm /  #50)
Dear Family and Friends of Stephen Tilford:

I was saddened to hear (only lately) of Stephen's passing. I remember him as a very happy and well-liked student at the School of Music...and of course, a great musician as well. My sincere condolences to all who loved him.

With sympathy,

Steve Noble
University of Louisville School of Music

.: Susan Quisenberry Allen - Midway, KY   (Friday, April 6, 2007 11:01am /  #49)
Thinking of Stephen today. As I observe Christ's crucifixion today, I celebrate Stephen's presence with him.

Almost every time my son sits down to play at the piano, I am reminded of Stephen. Luke is only beginning his musical journey and there are so many possibilties. My hope is that he finds as much joy in the journey as Stephen did.

Blessings on you all today.

Susan

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Friday, April 6, 2007 10:25am /  #48)
Dearest Stephen's ... Bradley, your update today on Stephen's earth birthday makes my heart weep, with such a mixture of emotion ... each of the updates, Jane Ellen's most recent, all of Danny's, the heart thoughts, grief, love and hope of this entire family ... are permeated with a Godliness that cannot be explained on a human level ... though utterly human, they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit in such a profound way ... and somehow sharing in them feels like Holy Ground ... it is not possible to say the number of times you come to mind and the prayers, spoken and unspoken, that respond ... but please just know it is ongoing ... this year i finally fell in love with Spring ... coming from the deep south, i have always been a fall and winter freak, finding the cool relief from the oppressive summer heat invigorating ... but this year my 55 years must be kicking in, because the first warmth of Spring and seeing the first sprigs of green and hope and new life emerge from the ravages of winter were somehow exhilirating and precious to me ... as i have walked through one of my favorite wooded places, i have often thought of Stephen this spring as i have seen the luscious green burst forth from the cold hard winter, almost like a song ... ok, i am choking on my words again, that is why i do not write more often, some things are past saying ... so i defer to His eternal words, that have gone forth and will not return void, without accomplishing that for which they have been sent forth
Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
John 11:25
Jesus said to her, " I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies
John 12:24
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Ephesians 3:14-21
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom EVERY FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH derives its name [TILFORD], that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Happy Birthday, Stephen.
Glorious Eternity, Stephen.
He is Risen.
He is Risen Indeed.

.: Larry & Susie Martin - Tallahassee, Florida   (Saturday, February 10, 2007 03:11pm /  #47)
Dear Tilford family,
Thank you for letting us know about Stephen's home going. It was shocking to hear about this, because the last time we talked he was doing so well. Even though we haven't seen you for a long time, you are in our thoughts often. Memories of you are like yesterday. They are still alive and vibrant, even though some of those memories are 25 years old.

As we read the journal of your family regarding Stephen's recent months, we can see how God has sustained him and you through this very difficult time. Please know we will continue to pray for you all. It has been 2 months today, since he left this earth. We know you are still grieving and will until you see him again. We are so very sorry for your loss. We can still hear his laugh and see the twinkle in his eyes. He will always be remembered by us for his sweet and gentle spirit and his zest for life. His wife, Natalie, is one courageous woman. She has honored God with her faith in Him. Even though God didn't heal her beloved on this earth, she knows he is now completely healed and once again whole.

Thank-you Bradley for setting up this website for your brother. It is obviously a testimony of a brother's love which the two of you will continue to share throughout all eternity. We know Jane Ellen loved her big brother too. There is a special bond between siblings. I have always said that was the greatest gift my mom and dad could ever give, was the gift of siblings. There is a special bond between brothers and sisters. You can share anything with them, and they will love you forever, no matter what! (They have to...they're family!)

Danny and Shirley, (Mom & Dad), our prayers will continue for you as you miss him. Our hearts break, because we know your hearts are broken. May God continue to sustain each of you as you lean on Him.

Stephen is doing in person Psalm 96:9....he is "worshipping the Lord in the splendor of His holiness". He is right there, with a twinkle in his eye, experiencing the fullness of joy in His presence.

When the time is right we hope to see you again, until then please know we will love you forever.
Larry and Susie

.: Steve Parker - owenton Ky   (Thursday, February 1, 2007 09:25pm /  #46)
Dear Danny and Shirley, I have just learned of Stephens passing. I am very sorry to hear of this great loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I knew Stephen better than any of your children and I will always remember how much fun he was to be around. what a great talent he was and joy to be around. He was a very special young man. My prayers are with you. May God bless You and Keep you!!

.: Dana, Dedric, & Morgan McGhee - Memphis, TN   (Monday, January 29, 2007 10:48pm /  #45)
Mr. & Mrs. Tilford & Family-

We were saddened to here about Stephen. Please know that you are continuously in our prayers.

Love,

Dana, Dedric, & Morgan McGhee

.: Dad - Georegetown   (Friday, January 5, 2007 08:25pm /  #44)

In answer to Annie's Condolence below. There is no dead line for contributions to the Memorial Piano Fund. The college is open to contributions anytime. Thanks for asking.
We hope to have the piano on stage sometime during 2007.

.: annie - georgetown   (Friday, January 5, 2007 04:44pm /  #43)
Danny, your note today and Ellen's over Christmas are so very precious and powerful. All of Stephen's are a frequent melody in the background music of our hearts and minds ... you are not forgotten. You continue to radiate eternal essences. I wanted to thank Bradley so much for his information about the dedicatory plaque for Stephen's piano and thought i might ask a question here, in case anyone else was wondering. Is there a deadline for making additional contributions? We love you and continue to pray for God's special comfort and Tailor-made touches to each of you. In His Keeping, annie

.: Bev McArtor Kassis - Spring Hill, TN   (Saturday, December 23, 2006 04:23pm /  #42)
Dearest Tilford Family,
The world is a better place indeed for having had Stephen in it. He shared so much of himself with any and all who were blessed to have encountered him. At the moment, I am tearfully missing my funny friend from high school. Soon, I'll share some of my favorite memories of Stephen in the appropriate section, and trust me, they all involve laughter! But for now, God bless you all with much love.

.: william greenup tilford jr - outside of philly. fathers family from ,ky   (Wednesday, November 15, 2006 04:12am /  #41)
found this site by accident, sorry for your loss. stephen sounded like a great guy. tried five different instruments myself , I guess it doesn't run in all the tilford families. my father bought us to this side of the mountains, when I was five. wish he hadn't. may eternal piece be with you. I'm sure your family and your son will meet again. God bless from one Tilford family to another.

.: Kathy Fraley - Georgetown, KY 40324   (Monday, November 6, 2006 11:35am /  #40)
Dear Friends,
We continue to ask God to strenghten and sustain you. Natalie, we pray for you, Colin and Rhys that you will have good days and happy events to look forward to. Danny and Shirley, it's always a joy to see you as I walk by or like yesterday at Nina Belle's recital. Jane Ellen and family, we hope your days are going well in Owenton. Bradley, thank you for your unplifting messages along with your dad's. You all are an inspiration to all of us. May you feel God's comfort in a real and close way today.
Love,
the Fraleys

.: Joyce Stack - Owenton, KY   (Saturday, November 4, 2006 02:21pm /  #39)
My thoughts and prayers have been with you over these last few weeks. It is certainly not an easy journey. Ihave read the book you mentioned in your last update. I found it very inspiring, having had a number of close family members pass away over the last four years. "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!"

.: Jo - home   (Thursday, November 2, 2006 11:09am /  #38)
To the entire Tilford family:

Just want you to know that I think of you often and continue to remember you in prayer.

Jo

.: Carol Perkins - Owenton - Kentucky   (Thursday, November 2, 2006 05:16am /  #37)
Jane Ellen - You are so right when you say there is so much in life that can bring a smile to your face, if you choose to look for it. Chickens..... Who knew? The fact is, thinking of you makes so many people smile. Stephen must be so proud to have a sister who can miss him so very much and still find so many ways to brighten the path for a grieving Mom and Dad and other family members who need so much to see glimpses of Stephen, even as life marches on. I thank God for you because you see so much value in sharing the "little things" with everyone who has the good fortune to know you. You choose to live in God's light and as a result, you "radiate" warmth...making it a little easier for those around you to find smiles they thought they had lost and light that brightens the way. I thank God for you.
- carol

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Tuesday, October 31, 2006 02:47pm /  #36)
Dear Jane Ellen ... i am so thankful the CD lifts you up ... i know exactly what you mean about #3 ... "fly me up to where you are ... if only for a while to see your smile" ... i sense God's Love and Connection through those songs too ... it defies all barriers ... much love to all of Stephen's today and every day ... you would be amazed the places you come to mind, with a little nudge from the Spirit for an extra prayer at that moment ... i pray you all continue to be encased in His peace that circumvents understanding and that sense of the eternal continuum you have SHONE (as opposed to shown) to us in a very unique way ... love, annie

.: June Ann - Cincinnati   (Friday, October 27, 2006 02:17pm /  #35)
Hi Danny and Shirley,

I finally got the samll package off to you yesterday - sorry for the delay, but wanted you to know I hadn't forgotten. I hope today finds you rested and feeling great peace. Love from all the Logans and Hills.

June Ann

.: Jane Ellen - Owenton, KY   (Wednesday, October 25, 2006 03:24pm /  #34)
Hi friends...I don't know as Stephen's sister where I am to leave this message but I want you all to know that I appreciate as his sister your words of encouragement and your stories that you share. I, too, feel and sense Stephen all around me. Annie, I listen to the CD you gave to me a lot and I especially like #3. I can see Stephen's smile right now. Today, has been an interesting day for me as I remember my big brother. It is still so fresh in my mind and on my heart. I love Stephen so much.

Thank you for your constant prayers for our family. We are so amazed by your outpouring. I got a card in the mail today from a lady from mom and dad's church. It was so timely even though she apologized for it being "late." Not that I had forgotten this but she reminded me that Stephen is using his God-given talents in ultimate praise to God. How awesome it must be to see the face of God while praising Him with the talent that he gave to us.

Thank you again for remembering Stephen. We must all remember that life really is short. Let's focus on Him as we prepare to be with Him.

Jane Ellen

.: Laurie - school/work   (Wednesday, October 25, 2006 09:39am /  #33)
I miss Stephen!

.: annie burnette - georgetown, ky   (Tuesday, October 24, 2006 04:21pm /  #32)
well, today i have to say something ... but cannot find the words to say it ... i just read Danny's last two entries outloud to my coworker, who also prayed for Stephen because his name is written on our chalk board here in the office, so that throughout the day we would lift him up as we passed by. Now the word HOME is etched by his name. All i can seem to articulate at the moment is just to say we are simply blown away ... by your hearts, your walks, by all of you ... i read CS Lewis's "A Grief Observed" many years ago and remember his honest struggle ... now it feels as though i am privy to observe small glimpses of the most intimate kind, ponderings of love and grief and faith and sight beyond what we normally see, past the veil ... it's as though God is writing some beautiful story through all of you, saving it for posterity, and allowing us to see little bits of it ... and in observing, to see Him ... Stephen's legacy continues to radiate in amazing ways ... with daily love and prayers for you, it remains we who receive

.: Rachel Runyan - Georgetown, KY   (Tuesday, October 24, 2006 02:08pm /  #31)
I just wanted to let the family know that I still think of Dr. Tilford often and that you are all in my prayers. Natalie, if you ever need anyone to watch the boys or anything at all, let me know. I'd love to. God bless.
-Rachel

.: Anna Laura Page - Sherman, TX   (Monday, October 9, 2006 12:07pm /  #30)
We continue to remember all of you and pray that each day eases, just a little bit.

Anna Laura

.: Dan Darden - Kingston, GA   (Sunday, October 8, 2006 03:26pm /  #29)
My greatest sympathies for your loss. We haven't spoken in too long.

.: June Ann - Cincinnati   (Sunday, October 8, 2006 01:43pm /  #28)
Dear Danny and Shirley,

I dreamt of you last night, a sign, I think, that you are always on my mind. I cannot tell you in words the impact of the recent months on my life - I cannot tell why I began to read the website daily - I cannot account for many of the things of these past months and weeks and days. I do know there is a Power greater than all of us - pulling us together and that we must be learning some amazing truths. As I read what you write, Danny, and know that as surely as you all go on each day, time must also seem to stand still in moments. When i first met you, you were parents and teachers and you shared your sweet family with me. Now I am a parent of adults, teaching music, watching my own sweet and talented children work at the things they love. Not just the Hills and and the Tilfords, but we are all connected in so many ways. I deamt that the two of you simply came and sat in as I held a choir rehearsal. In the dream I was aware of your presence, your acceptance, your pride in what I had chosen to do - in the same way I felt your love for me when I was at Georgetoen College and in your home. Love never fails - I have learned from your love for over 30 years. My love and thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and I look forward to seeing you soon. I am putting a package in the mail for you tomorrow and will tell you more in the letter.

From my heart,

June Ann

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Friday, October 6, 2006 12:14pm /  #27)
Dear Stephen's ...

your updates yesterday and today once again stir my heart so deeply.

i actually have to restrain myself from replying to each and every word from any or all of you, because i am always so moved in my spirit by your hearts ... but you must know that all of us in Stephen's prayer circle are not forgetting you for one moment ... this continues to be a profound experience, and there are no words to tell you what your transparency is revealing and illuminating to the Body Prayerful who love you and Stephen ... the whole experience doesn't seem to have a finite-ness, a closure so-to-speak, but is more of a continuum, a flow, an ongoing, a connection, that quality of: whether chosen to stay or chosen to go, we are the Lord's. We are one in Him. You are thought of every day. We love you. We hold Stephen and you in our hearts. To quote Stephen's Dad, Great is the Lord. Yesterday, Today, Forever.

.: Mari Yoshida - Japan   (Wednesday, October 4, 2006 01:21pm /  #26)
Dear Danny, Shirley, Bradley, Jane-Ellen Watkins and family

Thank you for letting me knows about Stephen. I received the letter from Shirley on Oct. 4th. I couldnft believe the announcement of Johnsonfs Funeral Home at first. I opened the web site and knew what was going on since last few months to the Tilford family. My tears canft stop. I have been praying that I will have a chance to see you everybody in the future one more time. Stephen was just two years older than me. Itfs too young.

My father, Goki had a Heart bypass surgery last July 19th. His heart was in danger and needed a surgery as soon as possible. The surgery was success and now he is doing fine, but at that time, it could have been a time to say, good by to my father.
We always surprise to the Godfs plan and confuse at that moment, but we can find the reason all about afterwards. That is why is good to be as a Christian because we can hold on to the faith.

I wish I could be there with you, but we will keep pray Godfs comfort and love to help you all through this tough time.

I miss you so much and hope that God let me and my family to see you again in the future.

Love always,
Shinji, Mari, Haru-Elizabeth, Yui-Hannah, and Mai- Sarah

.: Mari Yoshida - Japan   (Wednesday, October 4, 2006 01:13pm /  #25)
Dear Danny, Shirley, Bradley, Jane-Ellen Watkins and family

Thank you for letting me knows about Stephen. I received the letter from Shirley on Oct. 4th. I couldnft believe the announcement of Johnsonfs Funeral Home at first. I opened the web site and knew what was going on since last few months to the Tilford family. My tears canft stop. I have been praying that I will have a chance to see you everybody in the future one more time. Stephen was just two years older than me. Itfs too young.

My father, Goki had a Heart bypass surgery last July 19th. His heart was in danger and needed a surgery as soon as possible. The surgery was success and now he is doing fine, but at that time, it could have been a time to say, good by to my father.
We always surprise to the Godfs plan and confuse at that moment, but we can find the reason all about afterwards. That is why is good to be as a Christian because we can hold on to the faith.

I wish I canft be there with you, but we will keep pray Godfs comfort and love to help you all through this tough time.

I miss you so much and hope that God will let me and my family to see you again in the future.

Love always,
Shinji, Mari, Haru-Elizabeth, Yui-Hannah, and Mai- Sarah

.: Robin McCollough - Louisville, KY   (Monday, October 2, 2006 02:49pm /  #24)
Danny and Shirley,
My heart weeps for you. I hope you know that you are two of the most outstanding people that I know. Prof. Tilford-you used to say to me, "let the music be your therapy"...it is your turn now.
Love, Robin

.: Dr. Oleg Turlac - Kishinev, Republic of Moldova   (Monday, October 2, 2006 06:50am /  #23)
Stephen's story is an inspiration to me as I minister in Moldova. It is so wonderful that as Christians, we have a hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

.: Cindy (Moss) Imlay - GA   (Saturday, September 30, 2006 12:42pm /  #22)
Dear Jane Ellen,

I was sorry to hear about your brother.

Your former GC classmate,

Cindy (Moss) Imlay

.: annie - georgetown, ky   (Thursday, September 28, 2006 09:13am /  #21)
To Stephen's ... your updates just wash me away ... whenever i read your words of trust, a weep wells up, because it is so Precious, so not-of-this-world, so Peace and Hope-giving ... God's Grace continues to flow through Stephen Inc in such an unusual way and somehow brings Heaven closer still ... i hope you sense in your spirits the many joined arms of prayer that continue to hold you ... in celebration of Stephen, annie

.: Larry Sisk - Lewis University   (Monday, September 25, 2006 10:50am /  #20)
Dear Danny, Shirley, Jane-Ellen, Natalie, and all the family,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Stephen. May your faith console you in this difficult time.
XAPIC KAI EIPHNH,
Larry

.: Melissa Sams-Thorn - Stamping Ground   (Saturday, September 23, 2006 09:19am /  #19)
I can honestly say that Stephen's death has shaken me like nothing has in a long time. I find myself driving to the cemetery to "visit" Stephen a lot. I can only imagine how this must be affecting all of you. I send you my deepest and sincerest condolences at this most difficult time in your lives. What a blessing it is to know that Stephen is with our Heavenly Father and has been made whole. That is such a comfort to us all.
Much love to you all

.: Pam Ward - Lexington   (Friday, September 22, 2006 10:13pm /  #18)
Natalie, I just wanted you to know that you and the boys are in our thoughts and prayers. I've got your picture above my computer screen so I am able to pray for you many times throught out the day. We love you all and are praying for you during this time. Thank you for being such a beautiful example to all of us of a loving Christian wife and mother.

Pam

.: Richard and Ellen Feagin - Smyrna, Georgia   (Wednesday, September 20, 2006 11:10pm /  #17)
Brad, I have just found out from this web site about Stephen. I know that this cannot be easy for you, or anyone else, even when one knows that it is coming. Ellen and I will be keeping you and your family in our prayers and thoughts.

.: Barry and Carol Perkins - Owenton, Kentucky   (Wednesday, September 20, 2006 05:21am /  #16)
We just wanted to reach out to each of you who are daily working through the emotions of not having Stephen at your side and close by. As the days go by and life moves steadily forward, your cares and concerns are still shared by those who love you so much. Knowing that Stephen is in heaven brings so much peace. We also know there will still be so many times when it is so hard not to be able to physically feel his presence. We pray that God's Grace will be sufficient in those times and that God will use each of us who love you so much to comfort you as you travel through the coming days. With so much love, Barry, Carol and family

.: Brack Marquette - Lexington, Kentucky   (Tuesday, September 19, 2006 04:27pm /  #15)
Danny, Shirley and Family:

Until Wayne Eastham alerted me earlier today I had no idea what you all and Stephen have shouldered these several years.

You have my deepest sympathy, and I will continue to carry you close in my thoughts.

Brack

.: Glenna Neace Hess - Louisville, KY   (Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:39am /  #14)
A friend from Georgetown shared with me Stephen's story. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers.
His music will live on and be a blessing to us all!

.: cindy ringer - north canton, ohio   (Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:31am /  #13)
I have thought of your families so much this past week.
I was so sad that I could not be there for the services, but though not it body, i was there in spirit. I have loved the Tilford family for so long. Shirley nurtured my love for music at the age of 7 and Danny carried it through college. I have you guys and June to thank for my teaching career!
Stephen was such a dear friend to me and i have such great memories of your house out in the country. Especially listening to records in stephen's room while my brother was having his lessons! During this time, you have truly shown what a God-like family you have and are a blessing to all of us. My thoughts are with you. I am listening to Stephen's music daily and am imagining how much my dad must be enjoying listening to him "upstairs."
love, cindy

.: Scott & Debbie Burke - G-town, KY   (Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:05am /  #12)
Natalie,

You are such a wonderful woman. You and Stephen both have given and you are still giving so much to other people as well as to the whole community. Our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you and your boys at this very dificult time. In the midst of the sadness and happiness of life always remember that our God is ALWAYS in control of all things. Sometimes I find myself searching for reasons why, and quickly reminded that even though I don't understand I know that my God does and He does have a plan.

May God continue to be with you and your family at this time.

With all our love and prayers,
Scott and Debbie Burke

.: Lewis Doty - Cumming, Georgia   (Monday, September 18, 2006 10:34pm /  #11)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Tilford family. I know there are no words that can truly comfort you at this time other than to say God has a plan and his plan his perfect. Even though many times we don't understand his plan , we still need to give God all the glory and honor. May he give you all comfort and peace.

Lewis Doty

.: Michelle Gerken - Lexington,KY   (Friday, September 15, 2006 01:56pm /  #10)
Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during this time in your life. We are comforted and share in knowing that Stephen is in heaven with our heavenly Father. But we also share and know your grief. Our hearts go out to you and we pray that the God who created each of us know how to comfort you now in such a special way that is unique to each of you. We pray you are continually folded into the arms of those who love and care for you. God's blessings on you as you resume normal activity and rest. All of you possess such a sweet spirit, may God continue to show you how to use Stephen's life for Christ's glory.

.: Daniel Tilford - home   (Friday, September 15, 2006 10:06am /  #9)
The choir of Brookwood Baptist Church of Birmingham sang this anthem the morning that Stephen passed away. Perhaps you will receive the same assurance and insight which it gave to us as we continue our spiritual journey.

Come, Come Ye Saints (arr. Bass)
Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear, but with joy wend your way. Tho' hard to you the journey may appear, grace shall be as your day. We have a living Lord to guide and we can trust Him to provide. Do this, and joy your hearts will swell; all is well! All is well!

The world of care is with us everyday; let it not this obscure. Here we can serve the Master on the way and in Him be secure. Be strong of heart, fresh courage take, our God will never us forsake. And so our song no fear can quell; all is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through, happy day, all is well. We then are free from toil and sorrow, too; with the Lord shall dwell! We shall join the saints who've gone before, who 'round the throne the Lord adore, and through the ages we shall tell; all is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God has prepared, when at last, He will call. Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid, He will reign over all. We shall make the air with music ring, shout praises to our God and King, O how we'll make the chorus swell, all is well! Amen!


.: Rhonda - my house   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 08:11pm /  #8)
I also wanted to add something about Mr. Johnson. He was wonderful and just a blessing to all the family, extended family also. I ask him if he would consider coming to Indiana to work for us on the sunnyside of Louisville.

Rhonda

.: Laurie - Indiana   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 03:04pm /  #7)
I did want to add something after reading Bradley's update. Mr. Johnson was wonderful to the extended family as well. He was very kind and informative and helpful! He kept asking us if we were okay or if we needed anything.

.: Laurie - Indiana   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 02:56pm /  #6)
I want to echo what Rhonda said. She and I talked about this that night after the private family viewing. While it was great being with everyone, something was missing. Stephen was always the life of the party. Robin said it best at the funeral when she said, "Stephen is up there in heaven sitting on Mamaw's lap like in that picture." I said, "He's getting gum from Papaw." She said, "Or horehound candy." We have many wonderful memories. We will have to keep those memories alive for each other. I miss Stephen so much, but I rejoice for his presence in heaven.
Love, Laurie

.: Rhonda Bridges - my house, indiana   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 02:40pm /  #5)
To Natalie and the boys, Brad, Jane Ellen, Uncle Danny and Aunt Shirley,

To put my feelings for Stephen and all of you is very hard. I feel the loss of Stephen in so many ways. Seeing all of you this week and all the Tilford's together was bittersweet. While I enjoyed seeing all of us together at the house after the funeral.... It seemed so odd and different without Stephen there, being so Stephen like. To see Stephen's sons is to see some of Stephen's legacy. While they are with us we will always have Stephen. That gives us comfort. I love all of you and will pray God's comfort and love to help you all through this time. I think of Stephen in Heaven with Papaw and Mamaw Tilford, cuddling with her and laughing with him.
Love always, Rhonda

.: Jodi Boyce - Loveland, CO   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 12:35pm /  #4)
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. God is with you always!

.: Sam Stack - Waycross, GA (church)   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 12:35pm /  #3)
To the Tilford Family,

It is always hard to think of just the right words to say to a family that has lost a loved one. Especially a family that I have so many ties to. You would think that 25 years in the ministry would make it easier.

Our choir has begun working on a new arrangement of an older song. I have thought of Stephen this week as I prepare for rehearsals this weekend. Here is the chorus:

"No more night
No more pain
No more tears
Never crying again
Praises to the great I Am
We will live
In the light of the risen Lamb.

I know that Stephen is now experiencing this first hand and I hope that these words give you some comfort.

Sam, Sue, Steven, and Rebecca Stack

.: Tim & Sherry Craigmyle - Owenton, Kentucky and Austin, TX   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 11:13am /  #2)
Tilford Family, thank you for sharing Stephen with us. Bradley, thank you for the updated site, and a committment to keeping this vital link available so we can share in the next chapter. For just as we believe that Stephen's story did not end on September 10th, we appreciate the opportunity to share as God continues to work His Plan through the Tilford family. Though few may realize the technical details, I am aware that God gives all of us gifts to be used in His Plan, and you have also shared in your gift of managing technology. There is no doubt that this site has and will continue to be a blessing not only to the Tilford Family but to all those who visit. In fact, it was the inspiration for a site provided for my niece who is challenged by leukemia. I look forward to the next chapter.
In His Love,
Tim & Sherry

.: Alton & Sue Chancy - Moultrie, Georgia   (Thursday, September 14, 2006 10:35am /  #1)
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.