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Morrow honors Waffle House VP

Waffle House Area Vice-President Theresa Tillman hugs Mike Twomey, president of the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, Tuesday after she was presented with a proclamation declaring Theresa Tillman Day in the city. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Waffle House Area Vice-President Theresa Tillman hugs Mike Twomey, president of the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, Tuesday after she was presented with a proclamation declaring Theresa Tillman Day in the city. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

— Waffle House Area Vice President Theresa Tillman insists she’s not a one-woman show.

Tillman oversees 27 stores across Clayton, Fulton and Henry counties, and has been with the company for 29 years. But she’s something of a mainstay at a bevy of events held in Morrow.

Christmas in the Park? She and her crew are there with Santa Claus. FreedomFest in July? They are there too — minus Santa Claus, of course.

But don’t heap all of the praise solely on Tillman for helping the city. Oh no, she won’t have any of that.

“It’s not really me, it’s my team,” said Tillman. “I have absolutely phenomenal people on my team and they always work hard and are so wonderful.”

But Morrow officials have singled Tillman out for praise for always stepping up to provide food at city events, whether it’s Concert for Care or Fashionatta. Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke and Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Mike Twomey presented her with a proclamation declaring Tuesday as Theresa Tillman Day in the city.

Twomey said Tillman and her team have been involved in several fundraising efforts in the city, on top of providing food at events, including merchants meetings, the Kiwanis Concert Under the Stars and the Concert for Care. The concerts raise money to benefit community non-profit organizations.

The Waffle House support organized by Tillman has been instrumental in ensuring those events were successful, making her a “tremendous asset” to Morrow, said Twomey.

“I cannot say enough good things about this lady and her team,” he said. “We do a lot of large events, as many of you know, throughout the year. I have to say, on several of them, she provides sometimes 25 or 30 volunteers, and these guys and ladies work unbelievably hard.

“Everything is always organized and everything always happens exactly the way she says it’s going to happen,” Twomey continued. “We never have any ‘Oops’ or anything. Thank you for being you.”

But while Tillman said she was surprised by the honor, she accepted it with modesty and humility while continuing to heap praise on the people who work for her.

“It’s too kind,” she said afterward.

There is a reason why Tillman works closely with Morrow on events — Clayton County is where she grew up and her children also grew up in the city. She said she can remember when Southlake Mall was being built in the early 70s, and has watched with disappointment as businesses have left the mall area in recent years for other cities, such as McDonough.

Although she now lives in Henry County, she said she wants to do whatever she can to help encourages businesses to come back to her old home.

“I moved here when I was 11 and, when I came here, Clayton County was just the place to be, and so for me, it’s just about reviving and bringing back all of the businesses that have left,” said Tillman.

And Morrow officials are deeply satisfied to have her assistance. Burke said there was no way to show Tillman enough gratitude for the work she does with the city.

“This is just a great lady who participates in everything with this city,” said Burke. “I personally cannot thank you enough.”