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MEMORY OF GEORGE TILLEY, BHS CLASS '54
GEORGE JOSEPH TILLEY
1954 Bramwell High School Graduate
George Joseph Tilley
BLACKSBURG, Va. — George Joseph Tilley, 70, of Blacksburg, passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
He was born in Vivian on Oct. 14, 1936 to the late Sidney Allen and June Taylor Tilley. A devoted family man and generous friend to all. He was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Arleta Matherly Tilley. George was a member of the Wesleyan Community Church and served faithfully in many capacities in the Wesleyan Church throughout the years. He touched many lives as he worked with his sons in the hardwood flooring business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis. George worked at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant with over 35 years of service in the security department.
He is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael A. and Lisa J. Tilley of Roanoke, Va., Daniel J. and Candace M. Tilley of Huntersville, N.C., Dr. Gregory K. and Jennie P. Tilley of Blacksburg; he was lovingly known as Papa George to his eight grandchildren, Alexa, Amanda, Amelia, Claire, Cooper, Kirk, Ella, and Griffin; his sisters, Marilynne Tilley and Nancy Tilley, both of Lake Worth, Fla.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Randolph and Elizabeth Tilley of Princeton, Sidney and Ruth Tilley of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Conley and Jeannie Tilley of Russellville, Tenn.; his mother-in-law, Hattie P. Matherly of Blacksburg; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon M. and Michael Knight of Blacksburg; and wonderful friends, The Millers, Chuck, Ann, Nancy, and Neala.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Blacksburg First Wesleyan Church on Giles Road with the Rev. Ron Hodge, the Rev. John Lemasters, and the Rev. John Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesleyan Community Church, 1521 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
- Laurence Binyon
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