A single vehicle accident claimed the life of a Macon County man on Saturday night, October 10th, around 7:30 p.m. near the Trousdale County line.

Tillman Alton Boren, age 37, was behind the wheel of a Nissan pickup truck going east on Pleasant Valley Road, when he ran off the left side of the highway into a ditch. The vehicle traveled up an embankment which turned it on one side, throwing him partially out, with the pickup coming to rest on him. He was pronounced dead on the scene from head injuries according to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Gerald Carter.

Born on August 14, 1972, Tillman and his wife of four months, Marchalla DeeAnn Boren, resided at 1132 New Harmony Road. A 1991 graduate of Macon County High School, he played tailback and linebacker for the MCHS Tigers and was known to his teammates as a hard-nose running back and a dear friend to everybody. Being the man with the important task of carrying the ball into the end zone, “T-Bone” as his friends called him, could hit his opponent and keep going till he scored.

“Tillman and I played football together,” said long time friend and neighbor, Charlie Frye, “and he was one of those guys with a big heart who would do anything to help out a friend. He was married to my sister, DeAnn, for just four wonderful months, and he will certainly be missed by everyone who knew him. He had a good sense of humor and you could always count on his smile lighting up a room.”

Boren, who was affiliated with the Church of God, had been employed with the Rogers Group for over five years.

Funeral services for Tillman Boren were held on Tuesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home, in Lafayette, conducted by Elder Terry Austin and Mike Carson, with interment in the Macon County Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his parents, Tillman Ray and Mary Anne Boren; grandfather Alton Boren of Georgia; daughter Amanda Marie Lottie Boren of Lafayette; two stepchildren Devin Nicholas Frye and Taylor Alaine East both of Lafayette; and two sisters Wendy Smith (Don) and Angie Lewis.

Those responding to the scene of the accident included the Trousdale and Macon County Rescue Squads, Macon and Trousdale County EMS, the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

THP officer Gerald Carter, Deputy Kyle Petty, and Sgt. Ron Smith of the Sheriff’s Department, investigated the crash site.