Tillit Sidney Teddlie
Biographical Sketch on the Life of Tillit S. Teddlie
to be 102 Years Old
Sidney Teddlie was born June 3 , 1885, at Swan, Texas, the eighth of nine
children. He was the son of Theodore and Sarah Ann Porter Teddlie.
He was baptized by A. M. Shelton in August 1903, at Golden, Texas. He
attended his first singing school at age 9. The school was taught by his
taught his first singing school at White's Prairie, Texas, in 1903. Six-hour
sessions were conducted daily for two weeks.
Frederick, Oklahoma, he picked cotton during the day and taught singing school
1906 Teddlie composed his first hymn entitled, "I Have Waited Too Long To
Prepare." He told the story about an infidel who was dying of pneumonia.
The man, who had boasted about his life style, begged his doctor to "tell
my friends better. Tell them I've waited too long to prepare, but you have
was educated in Southern Development Normal in Waco, Texas, a school for
advanced instruction in theory and harmony. He also attended what is now North
Texas State University.
S. Teddlie married Edna Webb. They had one child.
addition to singing schools which he taught for 61 years, he also preached. He
conducted a tent meeting in 1923 in Thalia, Texas. Merchants closed their stores
for the day services. Over 400 came and 28 people were baptized.
of the places where he served as full-time minister were: Johnson Street Church
of Christ, Greenville, Texas, 1945-1951; Ennis, Texas, three years; Sulphur
Springs, Texas, two years. He preached for the Central Church of Christ in
Greenville, Texas, for several years before serving at Lone Oak in 1958 and in
Quinlin, Texas, in 1961-67.
Teddlie was honored by many people in many places. On June 2, 1985, 630 churches
across the land proclaimed Sunday Tillit S. Teddlie Day and sang his songs.
Teddlie had composed 130 songs and published 14 song books. One of his song
books, "Golden Harvest Hymns" included 100 of his best known hymns.
attended a song fest in his name at the Preston Crest Church of Christ in Dallas
where more than 1,200 gathered.
100th birthday was honored by President Ronald and Nancy Reagan who sent a
Senator Phil Graham had a flag from the White House sent to Teddlie. The Briar,
Texas, Church of Christ gave him a bronze statue worth $6,000.
The Texas House of Representatives adopted Resolution 487 in Teddlie's honor for
his exemplary Citizenship and many years of church service. The State of Texas
House of Representatives presented their "Certificate of Citation,"
"Extending our most sincere congratulations, We proudly present this
Certificate: To - Tillit S. Teddlie
in honor of his 100th Birthday. "
Foster and Edna Ramsey purchased the portrait of Teddlie and had it framed to be
donated to Boles Home to hang among the previous superintendents of Boles Home.
Tillit S. Teddlie served as superintendent of Boles Home from 1927-1929.
began each morning by reciting all the books of the Bible and naming all the
Presidents of the United States.
led singing for more than 100 gospel preachers in meetings across the land. For
one period of time (two years) he sang only with Foy E. Wallace, Jr., while they
conducted meetings across the country.
celebrated his 102nd birthday June 3, 1987, at Hilltop Haven in Gunter, Texas.
He lived a long and useful life and will continue to live through his preaching,
through his teaching, through his example ' as a music teacher and song leader,
and his good influence upon all the people that he met and worked with.
On August 17, 1987, at the Nursing Home in Gunter, Texas, Tillit Sidney Teddlie departed this life to be with the Lord. He was 102 years of age.
included his son, Pete Teddlie of Dallas; one granddaughter, four great
grandsons, and six great, great grandchildren.
service was conducted August 20, 1987, at 10 A.M. at the Skillman Avenue Church
of Christ in Dallas where Teddlie was a member.
Lockhart and Max Wheeler conducted congregational singing. Mike Armour, Skillman
Avenue minister, and Hulen Jackson delivered eulogies. Pallbearers at the Dallas
service were Nelson Slater, Virgil Bentley, Jimmy Wood, John Mann, Hardeman
Nichols and Clifton Rogers.
services and burial were at 12:30 P.M., August 20, in Forest Park Cemetery at
Greenville, Texas. Pallbearers at the graveside service were Weldon Hudson, Leon
Powers, Foy Powell, Kenneth Thompson, and Wayne Wallace. Randy Daw officiated at
the graveside service.
- From In Memoriam, Gussie Lambert, c.1988, Shreveport, LA, pp.269-270
Heaven Holds All To Me
One day around 1932, Tillit S. Teddlie was able to
visit his old homeplace where he had lived as a child. In his memory the place
was as new as when he was a boy. But when he arrived at his home years later, it
was in shambles. The barn was ramshackled and falling down; trees were dead, or
gone. I'm not even sure the house was standing. Teddlie sat on the ground,
leaned against a tree, took out his pocket-sized Bible, and turned to a blank
page in the back. There he wrote the words, "Earth holds no treasures but perish
with using, however precious they be. Yet there's a country to which I am going.
Heaven holds all to me!" The hymn, "Heaven Holds All To Me" has motivated many
thousands of worshippers since then to put things in perspective, the unseen
over the seen; the eternal over the temporal.
Some Memorable Songs Of Tillit S. Teddlie
Wilt Keep Him
In January, 2002 my son and I went to Texas for the Ft. Worth Lectures. On the way we stopped in Greenville, Texas located about 45 miles northeast of Dallas on I-30. On I-30 take the 94b Exit and go south on Hwy. 69 1/2 mile. The Forest Park Cemetery will be on your left. Enter the main gate, and proceed to the first intersection (a triangle with a few graves in the middle.) At the intersection bear to the left. Proceed around until you come to a big tree on your right. To your left (east) will be a golf course, and straight ahead (south) will be a big white two story house. Looking up the hill to your right, you will first see "Williams." Then look further up the hill and see "Pearson." Teddlie's grave is just to the left of Pearson facing North. You can't see it from the road. Travel up the grassy nole to see grave.