MINER -- Gerald Douglas "Shorty" Tilley, 63, died April 17, 2007, at the Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.
Born June 26, 1943, in Sherrill, Ark., to the late John Henry and Vevie Dillard Drye Tilley, he spent his entire life in the Stoddard County area, until moving to Miner a year ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He was first employed as an over-the-road truck driver with Jerry Lipps Trucking Company of Cape Girardeau and later with Hall's Transport in Charleston.
On Sept. 29, 1994, in Bloomfield, he married Brenda Kay Foushee, who survives of the home
Survivors include: one son, John Tilley of Bellevue, Neb.; one daughter, Judy Tilley of West Plains; two stepsons, Terry Lemons of Bloomfield and Jim Baker of Jonesboro, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Sherri Cookson of Scott City and Lorrie Ebert of Cabool; seven brothers, J.W. Tilley and Robert Tilley of Bloomfield, Charles Tilley and Larry Tilley of Essex, Kenneth Tilley of Van Buren, Dale Tilley of Morehouse and William Merrick of Summersville, Fla.; three sisters, Floy Jean Robey and Katherine Hopkins of Bloomfield and Betty Bess of Dexter; and three grandchildren.
One brother, Carl Tilley; and three sisters, Maxine Robey, Lula Jackson and Lenora Bost, preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday.
Burial with full military honors provided by the Stoddard County Veteran's Honor Team will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.