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George Edward Tilley

Mr. George Edward Tilley, age 95, of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born in Cove, Arkansas, on July 11, 1926, to the late Burton Gilbert Tilley and Minnie Avants Tilley. Mr. Tilley was a telephone and telegraph lineman and sharpshooter in the Army, stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He worked in the timber industry most of his life. He was a board member of Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative for 38 years and was a faithful member of the Mena First Assembly of God.

George is survived by his wife, Lou Dee Ashcraft Floyd Tilley; children, Bill Tilley, Wayne Tilley and wife Carolyn, Linda Tilley Denton and husband Larry, Ron Tilley and wife Pamela, Lori Tilley Lyle and husband Mark; stepsons, Larry Floyd, Tommy Floyd and wife Judy, and Ronny Floyd; grandchildren, James Tilley, Michael Tilley, Amy Tilley Ludwig, Christopher Denton, Barry Denton, Carrie Denton Anderson, Daxx Chambers, Steven Tilley, Kristen Tilley, Leah Tilley, Lydia Tilley, Caleb Tilley, Joshua Tilley, Meagan Lyle Blake, Trenton Lyle, Jordan Lyle, Larry Gene Floyd, Jerry Dean Floyd, Amanda Floyd, Paula Floyd Jewell, Stacey Floyd Spears, Brandon Floyd, Pete Floyd and Argus Lee Floyd; 23 great-grandchildren.  

Mr. Tilley is preceded in death by his parents, Burton Gilbert Tilley and Minnie Avants Tilley; first wife, Dosha Stricklin Tilley; son, Randy Tilley; granddaughter, Courtney Ann Tilley; brother, Bob Tilley and wife Wanda Davis Tilley, infant brother, Billy Tilley; sisters, Ellen Tilley Parsons, Flossie Tilley Waldrop; daughters-in-law, Lorraine Tilley and Marie Dahle Tilley.

Funeral services will be held, with military honors, at the Mena First Assembly of God in Mena, Arkansas, Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Ron Tilley and Pastor Mark Lyle officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Valley Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.  

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, James Tilley, Michael Tilley, Christopher Denton, Barry Denton, Steven Tilley, Caleb Tilley, Joshua Tilley, Trenton Lyle, Jordan Lyle and Daxx Chambers.

Honorary Pallbearers are the board members of the Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative. 

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