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Veterans Banquet upcoming

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Wilson County Concerned Citizens for Veterans will observe its 26th annual Veterans Banquet on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the East-West building at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in honor of Veterans Day. 

All veterans are welcome to attend. 

Col. Tillman Payne III, of Carthage, will be the speaker for the evening. Payne is a native of Smith County. He attended Ward Elementary School in Hartsville, and later Gordonsville Elementary School. He graduated from Gordonsville High School in 1977.

He attended the University of Tennessee, where he received a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture. After graduation, Tillman was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force and entered into active duty military service. 

While in the military, Tillman was trained as a logistics plans officer, coordinating supply, transportation and maintenance units. His service required duty in various assignments throughout the U.S., including Hawaii. 

His service also included duty in Zaragoza, Spain as a division chief in logistics plans, and in South Korea as a unit commander. 

Tillman was twice hand selected to serve as an executive officer to top-level general officers once at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and later at the Defense Logistics Agency. He gave 20 years of service to the Air Force, retiring from active duty as a lieutenant colonel in 2003.

While in military service, Tillman earned his master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va. 

After retiring from the Air Force, Tillman returned to Tennessee, accepting a position as an assistant public defender with the 15th Judicial District public defenders’ office in Wilson County. 

In 2008, he left the public defenders’ office and began private practice law. He currently has offices in Nashville and Carthage. 

Tillman is married to the former Kimberly Renee Boyd, of Riverside, Calif., and they have two sons, Chase and Tillman IV. 

For more information about the Veterans Banquet, call Betty Cantrell at 615-449-0311.

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