Pam Tillis Mourns the Loss Of Her Mother, Doris Yvonne Tillis

Doris Yvonne Tillis, the former wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis and mother of Grand Ole…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 29, 2019


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Doris Yvonne Tillis, the former wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis and mother of Grand Ole Opry member Pam Tillis, has died.

Pam Tillis shared the heartbreaking news on Facebook, telling her fans that “words are insufficient” at the moment and called her mother the “heartbeat” of their family.

Tillis’s longtime friend and frequent collaborator also mourned the loss of Doris with a statement posted to Twitter. “Lorrie Morgan Entertainment along with friends and family are deeply saddened by the death of Pam Tillis’ mother Doris Tillis,” she wrote. “We are praying for their peace and their heavy hearts at this time. God Bless Pam Tillis.”

Doris and her former husband Mel Tillis, who passed away in 2017, were married for 20 years and had five children together. According to a magazine article published in 2006, Doris was born in Plant City, Florida in 1941. She wed Mel when she was just 16 years old and they moved to Nashville shortly after.

Our thoughts are with Pam and the rest of the Tillis family as they mourn the loss of Doris.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.