4/1/12 — Talmage Eugene “T.E.” Tilley

Talmage Eugene “T.E.” Tilley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went to be with his Lord Friday, March 30, 2012.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

Visitation with the family will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mr. Tilley was born March 6, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama the son of the late John Thomas Tilley and Ida Williams Tilley.

As a young boy, he and his family moved to Harrisburg, Oregon where he worked on the family farm.  He joined the United States Army July 13, 1944.  He served as a Paratrooper during WWII where he earned the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Victory Medal, American Theater Service Medal as well as the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal.  Upon returning stateside, he was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he met his soon to be wife, Frances Ruth Brock.  They married April 1, 1945 and began their family.  They moved to Manchester in 1952 where Mr. Tilley was employed as an electrician at AEDC.  He retired in the early 1990’s after many years of dedicated service.  Mr. Tilley was also very active in the Manchester community having served three terms as Alderman as well as serving as former Vice Mayor of Manchester.  He was known to be an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and golf.  He was a master gardener who enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends.  He was a “Win or Lose, Devoted, Loyal UT Vols Fan and was also a member of Masonic Highland Lodge # 214.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Manchester for over 50 years and was member of the Agape Sunday School Class.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Michael Hugh Tilley in 1983, a son-in-law, Lt. Col. Vern Maddox, brothers, Roy, Hubert, Cecil and Johnny Tilley and a sister, Gladys Fauth.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Frances Tilley of Tullahoma; three children, Jacqualyn Tilley Burton and husband, Rhett of Huntsville, AL, Vicki Tilley Maddox of Lawrenceburg, TN and Tom Tilley of Knoxville, TN; five grandchildren, Shay Tilley and wife, Stephanie; Troy Burton and wife, Leah; Brian Burton and wife, Lisa; Brittney Brison and husband, Brian; Michelle Snider and husband, Erik; and Tamara Lindsey and husband, Matt; and twelve great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN  37355 or to the American Heart Association, Memorials/Tributes, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX  75284-0692.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.