Charlie Tillman

March 20, 1861, Tallassee, Alabama.

September 2, 1943, Atlanta, Georgia.

Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.


Youngest son of James Lafayette and Mary Davis Tillman, Charles worked with his father, a preacher, in evangelism, as well as painting houses, working as a traveling salesman for a music company out of Raleigh, North Carolina, and sang on a traveling wagon advertising Wizard Oil. He began his career in 1887 as a singing evangelist. He formed his own music publishing house in Atlanta, Georgia, and put out 20 Gospel song collections. At one time, he was song leader at the Indian Spring Holiness Camp Meeting in Flovilla, Georgia. He was the first to publish the spiritual Old-Time Religion, which he heard blacks singing at a camp meeting in Lexington, South Carolina. His works include:

  1. Diamonds in the Rough
  2. Farther On
  3. Glorious Church
  4. Hallelujah!
  1. Aldershot
  2. Be a Light for Jesus
  3. Get Acquainted with Jesus
  4. Life’s Railway to Heaven
  5. My Mother’s Bible
  6. Old Time Power
  7. Ready
  8. Save One Soul for Jesus
  9. Since He Came to Stay
  10. Spirit Is Calling, The
  11. Unanswered Yet
  12. They Were in an Upper Chamber
  13. When I Get to the End of the Way