Former Fuquay-Varina Mayor and Wake County School Board Chairman, Roy Tilley, went home to be with his Lord on February 13, 2018. He was born in Fuquay-Varina on February 14, 1926 the son of Alvin Alford Tilley and Barbara Inez Stephenson Tilley.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Geraldine Barnes Tilley. His sons Richard David Tilley and wife Fayeson, Rodney Barnes Tilley and wife Cathy; and his daughter, Donna Tilley Jaeger and husband Chris. Grandchildren: Robbie Tilley, Rebekah Tilley Sedaca and husband Andy, Richard David Tilley Jr. and wife Laura, Jessica Pierce Delgado and husband Frank, Summer Senter and husband Brett, and Shane Wegner and wife Tandi. And six great grandchildren: Tyler and Grace Senter; Tilley, Libby and Luke Sedaca; and Vera Delgado.
His first employment was in the Agricultural Chemical Industry. He was also employed by the tobacco markets of GA, NC, and KY as well as W. R. Grace. During the decade of the nineties, he assisted his son, Richard, in the operation of Tall House Building Company.
He was a dedicated member of the Fuquay-Varina Presbyterian Church for over 80 yrs. Serving as a Deacon, Elder, Treasurer, and Sunday School teacher. He was a member of the Wake County Board of Education from 1974 -1977 during the time of the merger of the Wake County and Raleigh School systems. In 1977, he was the first elected Chairman of the newly merged Wake County? Public School System. He was Chairman of the Wake County Mayors Association in 1989, a member of the New Church Development Committee of New Hope Presbytery 1991-95 and was a Delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church.
Looking back over his life and accomplishments Roy said, "We have the confidence that God has even greater plans when we are gathered together in His presence".
Memorials can be given to the Fuquay Varina Presbyterian Church, Fuquay-Varina, NC. 27526.
Arrangements are being handled by Thomas Funeral Home in Fuquay-Varina.
Visitation on Sunday 18, 2018, 1:30-2:30 pm followed by the funeral at 2:30 at the Presbyterian Church 310 N. Ennis Street.
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Cousin Roy was truly a fine dear man -- loved by all his relatives and friends. My heart and prayers go out to all in his family.
Submitted by Celeste Mingis on Feb 17 2018 08:24:08 PM
Celeste Mingis lit a candle for A. Roy Tilley
Celeste Mingis lit a candle on Feb 17 2018 08:19:43 PM
It is with sadden hearts we hear of the passing of WB Roy Tilley. Brother Roy Tilley has laid down the working tools of life and has gone to the Temple not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. The record and actions of his life can show that it was as spotless as the white leather apron he wore as a Master Mason. RIP Brother.
Eddie Rich, Master of Fuquay Lodge 258
Submitted by Eddie Rich, Master Fuquay Masonic Lodge 258 on Feb 16 2018 11:19:53 PM
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FALLON'S FLOWERS lit a candle on Feb 16 2018 02:28:29 PM
Roy was a true gem- always a friend and advisor to me- I really cherish all the times we just "took a ride"- his wisdom and wit alway impressed me- I consider myself very lucky to have been part of his life-
Al Pierce- Black Mountain, NC
Submitted by Al Pierce on Feb 16 2018 08:53:11 AM
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