Tillit Sidney Teddlie

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Tillit Sidney Teddlie
Born(1885-06-03)June 3, 1885
DiedAugust 17, 1987(1987-08-17) (aged 102)
Burial placeForest Park Cemetery, Greenville, Texas
Other namesTillet S. Teddlie
T. S. Teddlie
Occupation(s)teacher, composer, publisher, minister
Employer Church of Christ
Known forChristian songs
Notable work"What Will Your Answer Be?" (1935),
"Heaven Holds All to Me" (1932)
SpouseEdna Webb (?-1959; her death)
ChildrenPete Teddlie
  • Theodore Teddlie (father)
  • Sarah Ann (Porter) Teddlie (mother)

Tillit Sidney Teddlie (June 3, 1885 – August 17, 1987) was a singing school teacher, composer, publisher, and minister of the Church of Christ.


Teddlie was born June 3, 1885, at Swan, Texas (Smith County), the son of Theodore and Sarah Ann (Porter) Teddlie. In 1903, he was baptized into Christ, and also taught his first shape note singing school, which lasted for two weeks. He composed his first song in 1906. During his lifetime, Teddlie taught singing schools for 61 years, composed 130 songs, published 14 song books, and served as a full-time evangelist, including preaching for the Johnson Street Church of Christ (1945–1951) and Central Church of Christ in Greenville, Texas, and Churches of Christ in Ennis, Sulphur Springs, Lone Oak and Quinlan.

Personal life and death

Tillit S. Teddlie married Edna Webb (1880-1959). They had one son, Pete. Teddlie died on August 17, 1987, in Gunter, Texas, aged 102. He is buried in the Forest Park Cemetery at Greenville, Texas. Upon his grave stone is inscribed the title of one of his most popular hymns - "Heaven Holds All To Me".[ citation needed ]

Titles of some of Teddlie's songs

Heaven Holds All to Me

Teddlie was a member of and ministered in the churches of Christ, but many of his songs reached popular circulation among Christians of the denominations, especially through the Stamps-Baxter Music Company. Two of his best known are "What Will Your Answer Be?" (1935) and "Heaven Holds All to Me" (1932).

Earth holds no treasures
But perish with using,
However precious they be;
Yet there's a country
To which I am going:
Heaven holds all to me.

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