Irma Jean Tisdale

Irma Jean Tisdale

Irma Jean Tisdale was born on January 5th, 1929 in Parrott, Georgia. She passed away on February 4th, 2020.

The visitation service for Irma Tisdale will be held on February 12th, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Home Inc – Greenfield Chapel, located at 15443 Greenfield Rd., Detroit, Michigan 48227. The visitation begins at 2:00 PM and concludes at 6:00 PM.

The funeral service for Irma Tisdale will be held on February 13th, 2020 located at Thompson Funeral Home Inc – Greenfield Chapel. The family hour will begin at 10:00 AM. The official funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM.

Final Internment will be held at United Memorial Gardens located at
4800 Curtis Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170. The burial will proceed immediate after official service.

Any floral arrangements must be sent to Thompson Funeral Home Inc – Greenfield Chapel before February 13th, 2020.


Our beloved Mother Irma Jean was born January 5th, 1929 in Parrott, Georgia to Eugene and Corine Harper. Irma had one brother and two sisters that proceeded her in death, Irene Gaston (Henry), Sara Crawford, and Ernie Clyde Harper. Her beloved husband also proceeded her in death.

She was the matriarch of our family. Irma was the paragon of strength and love. She believed in hard work and living her best life. She attacked life with zest and zeal from the very beginning. In her earlier years, she attended Richland Highland Industrial, in Richland Georgia, where she excelled in Math and Science. Irma was the epitome of class and style. She had love for fashion and culture and was known to be a debutante in her day. She even competed in modelling competitions at the original 20 Grand in Detroit.

Irma attended Albany State College, where she graduated with a bachelors degree. She loved to travel and do fundraisers, she conducted fundraisers for noted government officials, notably Senator Edward Kennedy. She was named the “Who’s Who in America”.

Irma married her husband John Edward Hill in 1948. From the union, she had four children; Gwendolyn Hill, Rhonda Hill, John Hill, and Andre Hill.

After moving to Michigan with her husband, she realized she had a head for business. She went on to co-own Disc Jockey Record Shop on Grand River and Joy Rd. and a second location on Fenkell. In the height of the stores success, she met and worked with memorable Motown legends such as Berry Gordy, The Temptations, and The Supremes to name a few. Irma had her finger on the pulse of Motown Culture.

Irma began working as a social worker for the State of Michigan in the 1970’s where she worked for thirty years until her retirement. Irma had many talents and truly believed in helping those around her. She had the gift of gab and never knew a stranger.

After her retirement, she continued to travel and help others. She took on a more intimate and personal role in her latter years, the role of Grandmother; a role that warmed her to her heart and brought even more love into her life.

She leaves behind four grandchildren to cherish her memory and a legacy that will live on through them; Christopher Julius Hill, Kaitlan Davis, Jalen Hill and Jordan Hill, One Great grandchild, Christopher Hill II, one daughter in law, Natasha Davis, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Tonya Jones says:

    To the family of Mrs.Irma Jean Tisdale. Gwendolyn, Rhonda,John,Andre and Chris Hold onto God unchanging hands, for peace and strength and endurance. Mom live a full life of 91 years Which is such a blessing. She is in the arms of the Lord right now. And flying away With thee other angels. I love you all.❤

  2. Joyce L. Coleman says:

    Prayers of comfort for the Tisdale Family. May your Mother, Irma Jean Tisdale, rest in eternal peace!

  3. Daniel Brightwell says:

    Gwen: you and your family have my Deepest Sympathy and my Highest Prayers at this time of sorrow.
    May God’s presence be there to Comfort and Guide each member of the family.

  4. Leonia Lloyd says:

    To Gwen and the Hill
    family. May you find peace and comfort knowing that your mother is in her heavenly home and at peace. May God keep you in his arms. Love,Leonia