Gerald Douglas "Shorty" Tilley, the son of the late John Henry and Vevie Dillard Drye Tilley was born in Sherill, Ark. on June 26, 1943 and passed away at the Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina on April 17, 2007 at the age of 63 years, 9 months and 22 days.
Shorty had spent his entire life in the Stoddard County Area until moving to Miner, Mo. a year ago.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had served in Vietnam. He was employed as an over the road truck driver for Jerry Lipps Trucking Company of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and then with Hall's Transport in Charleston.
On September 29, 1994 he was united in marriage to Brenda Kay Foushee in Bloomfield, Mo.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda Kay Tilley of Miner, Mo.; one son, John Tilley of Bellevue, NE.; one daughter, Judy Tilley of West Plains, Mo.; two stepsons, Terry Lemons of Bloomfield, Mo. and Jim Baker of Jonesboro, Ark.; two step daughters, Sherri Cookson of Scott City, Mo. and Lorrie Ebert of Cabool, Mo.; three grandchildren; seven brothers, J.W. Tilley and Robert Tilley, both of Bloomfield, Mo., Charles and Larry Tilley, both of Essex, Mo., Kenneth Tilley of Van Buren, Mo., Dale Tilley of Morehouse, Mo. and William Merrick of Summersville, FL.; three sisters, Floy Jean Robey and Katherine Hopkins, both of Bloomfield, Mo. and Betty Bess of Dexter, Mo.
Many other relatives and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Tilley and three sisters, Maxine Robey, Lula Jackson and Lenora Bost.
Friends may call on Sunday, April 22, 2007 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 1 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter, Mo.
Interment will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield Mo. with full military honors conducted by the Stoddard County Veteran's Honor Team .
Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.