Donna Jean Tillman Counts, September 18, 1933~November 21, 2016

counts-donna-pic-copyDonna Jean Tillman Counts, 83, of Elkins passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born September 18, 1933 in Lowell, AR. to Harvey and Savola Graham Tillman.

She had a chicken farm, raised cattle and retired from Baldwin Piano.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her late husband, E.A. Mickey Counts; grandson, Creig Rogers; great-grandson, Eli Mathis; sisters, Betty Shoffit, Hanna Tillman, Christen Taylor and Ellen Copeland Wheeler; brothers, Chuck, Bennie and Willard Tillman.

Donna is survived by four daughters, Diana Hammons (Ron), Debbie Rogers (Les), Dena Stockalper and Dawn Brake; one son, Mike Counts; one brother, Willis Tillman; 16 grandchildren, Jessie Sanders, Zack Hickman, Jeana Mathis, Holly Hammons, Chris, Casey and Chance Rogers, Hanna, Micka, Mickey and Toddy Counts, Maddie Rakes, Melissa Hagerman, Lindsey Vielma, Mindy Smith and Morgan Brake; 21 great-grandchildren, Gavin McGarrah, Alex, Mackenzie, Landon, Laken and Lynley Rogers, Acacia and Ellora Branstetter, Tyler and Chloe Sanders, Zayde and Azaylee Hickman, Faith, Jasper and Mary Mathis, Caynen and Elizabeth Smith, Zoey Stephenson, Kelby Smith, Harrison Hagerman and Grayson Counts.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Glen Faulkner officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Friday, November 25, 2016 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Creig Rogers Scholarship Fund at Elkins High School, Alzheimer’s Association, Mt. Olive Cemetery or the Cystic Fibrosis Association.

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    Sharon Rakes » 23. Nov, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all

    Elizabeth Graham Foy » 24. Nov, 2016

    So sorry to hear about Donna. I remember going to her farm as a small girl. My dad was Butler Graham. My sympathy to the family.

    Frabk Johnson » 24. Nov, 2016

    Dena and Family -

    I am so sorry for your loss but know you have faith that in life and in death we belong to God. May the Peace of Christ be with you while you grieve the loss of a true matriarch of the family.


    Brenda Smolen » 25. Nov, 2016

    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the Counts family. So many precious memories of Donna, and the whole family as I was growing up.
    My mother, Phyllis Price Counts, loved being around your family. You brought joy into her life.
    Brenda Price Smolen

    Bob & Marcia Howard » 25. Nov, 2016

    Our Deepest Sympathy

    Name » 25. Nov, 2016

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

    Chris and Cindy Fallen and Family

    Katherine Browne » 25. Nov, 2016

    Dena and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your mother. We know she had a long battle and that didn’t make it any easier on you or your family. However, as time passes, it will get easier to bear. Just remember the good times and all the laughter and special times you got to spend with her. Mama will turn 90 on Dec 4. Her doctor told her she’s one of his healthier patients. She said great–she just couldn’t get around very well anymore. She’s still pretty feisty and she sure does think a lot of you. Stop by and see her sometime. She’d love it. We love you, Dena, and we will be thinking of you and your family in the coming weeks. If you need us, we’re here. You know that.
    Katherine Browne(Brooks)
    Suzy Brooks
    Brooks family