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NORTH AUGUSTA --- Tonya Tillman said she never expected her first child would be born at one of her favorite restaurants.

But Ezekiel James Tillman, 6 pounds, 5 ounces, arrived Friday afternoon in the parking lot of Gary's Hamburgers on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta.

His father, Rodney, said the Tillmans had even stopped there earlier to have breakfast after visiting Augusta's Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Tillman, whose due date was July 17, had begun having labor pains in the morning, but she was sent home.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety said it received a call at 4:28 p.m. that a woman was in labor and on her way to the hospital.

Officials directed her to Gary's to wait for the ambulance.

"We provided life support until EMS could get here," Lt. Clay Swann said. The baby was wrapped in a foil blanket for warmth.

With the help of her husband and mother-in-law, Bena, Mrs. Tillman, 32, delivered her first child in the backseat of a van.

"She didn't really need help," her mother-in-law said. "She pushed and the head came out."

Mr. Tillman said he named his son Ezekiel for its biblical meaning, strength of God.

"Oh man, it's amazing," he said. "The doctors are like in awe. They can't believe she had it that quick."

Mr. Tillman said his wife's water broke at 3:55 p.m. and Ezekiel was born 25 minutes later.

Having their baby at Gary's is almost appropriate for the North Augusta couple. Mr. Tillman said they are regulars.

"We both love Gary's restaurant," he said. "We were just saying the other day how Gary's has the best hamburger in town."

Gary's manager Andrew Watson said, to his knowledge, it's the restaurant's first baby.

Reach Crystal Garcia at crystal.garcia@northaugustatoday.com.

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Nammy3
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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 04:56 am
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SHAME on you, Augusta

SHAME on you, Augusta Chronicle! Stealing these fine folks' thunder! {and all for a darn headline!} That 1st thread had several accolates for them. And I'm sure they didn't get to see them. Sooooo, what I'ma gonna do is: put each and every one of them back up there for them.........to these proud, new parents I say......again.....congratulations! May God bless you all! {Please note the dates and times! But most of all, WHO sent them!} CONGRATS Mama and Daddy!!! lol Welcome to this world, Baby! Ya want some fries with that? LOL Posted by Nammy! on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:50 PM

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 04:56 am
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Wow! Congrats! :-) Posted by

Wow! Congrats! :-)
Posted by baroness on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:52 PM

Nammy3
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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 04:57 am
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If its a boy might I suggest

If its a boy might I suggest naming him Gary?
Posted by writerrick on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:52 PM

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 04:57 am
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I think this baby deserves

I think this baby deserves free Gary's hamburgers for life!!!
Posted by woodsman on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:55 PM

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 04:57 am
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Now that is a story to tell!!

Now that is a story to tell!! Congratulations!
Posted by FlyersFan77 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:34 PM

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 05:14 am
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Bet you're thinking, "WOW

Bet you're thinking, "WOW man, I just saved a WHOLE bunch of money on my hospital bill!" huh?! LOL

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 06:49 am
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Found a couple more to add

Found a couple more to add that were on ANOTHER thread to this story....{wouldn't want them to miss any of these} Again, note the date, times and names-they are not from me.......{just THIS is...*insert funky commercial......LOL}

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 06:49 am
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Congrats on a safe

Congrats on a safe delivery.
Posted by curly123053 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:41 PM

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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 06:52 am
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Shoulda names the little guy

Shoulda names the little guy Gary! Congrats to the new mother and father. Posted by my.voice on Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:42 PM

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/11/09 - 06:56 am
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The headline of this article

The headline of this article wins the witty prize of the day.

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JohnQPublic 07/11/09 - 07:40 am
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Her due date was next week! I

Her due date was next week! I would have sat in the lobby at Trinity and not gone anywhere! Congratulations and may God Bless your little boy with a wonderful life!

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my.voice 07/11/09 - 09:14 am
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Having a baby - $10,000

Having a baby - $10,000 dollars........
Getting fries and a coke with the little one...........PRICELESS!

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trucksareforgirlz 07/11/09 - 09:51 am
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Congratulations new Mama and

Congratulations new Mama and Daddy on having healthy baby Ezekiel! What a great story this will be for the rest of his life. And yes, Gary's has great hamburgers, too. God bless your family!

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APiratesLife4Me 07/11/09 - 11:04 am
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Thank goodness the little

Thank goodness the little baby was born outside instead of on the floor in that place. Can you say NASTY !

Congratulations to the new family !!

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purmkinhed 07/11/09 - 12:07 pm
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CONGRADULATIONS on the birth

CONGRADULATIONS on the birth of your beautiful son on July the 10th! My birthday too!!! This news brought tears to my eyes! Too sweet!!!

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FallingLeaves 07/11/09 - 05:53 pm
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Thank you Nammy!

Thank you Nammy!

Nammy3
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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 06:21 pm
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You're quite welcome,

You're quite welcome, baroness.....and the others as well. Rather irritating to see just how low they'll stoop for a headline.....

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Connor Threlkeld 07/11/09 - 08:07 pm
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Nammy!, yesterday's story was

Nammy!, yesterday's story was published as a latest news article. The story (and associated comments) is at the following address:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_700153.shtml
This story is the version that ran in today's newspaper. It happens with every story we publish as latest news and then use in the following day's paper, about 10-30 times a day. I can assure you we are not trying to steal anyone's thunder, it's the way we've done it for years.
Regardless, thank you for re-posting the comments so others could view them.

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