Marion County

Marion County deputy dies after long battle with cancer

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that one of its deputies died this week after a long battle with cancer.

Deputies said deputy Edward Tillis died Thursday night.


“He will be severely missed by all who knew him,” the sheriff’s office said in a post on social media.

Deputies said Tillis started his career with the sheriff’s office in 2003. He worked his way up the ranks to become a master corporal.

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“Ed was an extremely dedicated member of the MCSO family and he will always be remembered fondly,” the sheriff’s office said. “We can only hope to carry on his memory as we continue to serve and protect Marion County.”

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.