Wallace Graham Tilley went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 3rd, 2018.
He was born on August 15, 1929 in Patrick County, Virginia to John Jay Tilley and Annie Pearl Tilley.
He was married to JoAnne Zinn Tilley for 61 years. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Liesa Dodson (Mike) of Boston Virginia, Greg Tilley (Luci) of Leesburg Virginia, and Paul Jay Tilley (Kristi) of Amissville ,a brother James B. Tilley of Livermore, California; eight grandchildren, Timothy Dodson, Gregory Dodson, Samantha Tilley, Mikaela Dodson, Tiffany Tilley, Curtiss Tilley, Elianna Dodson, and Mason Tilley as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by six brothers John Jay Tilley, Jr, Morris Tilley, Bill Donald Tilley, Nelson Tilley, Clark Tilley, and Kenneth Tilley and one sister Katherine Estelle Tilley.
Wallace loved his many happy days and weekends in Amissville with Curtis C. and Hazel Zinn, Luerena Zinn, Graham and Dorothy Hackley, Karl and Helen Bricker, Buddy and Betty Zinn, Frank and Anna Zinn, Farrell and Nancy Zinn, and all of his loving Zinn nieces and nephews. Wallace lived in Fairfax for many years before moving to Chesapeake Virginia to be with his grandchildren-then later in life to Boston, Virginia.
He was a member of many church choirs, the most recent being New Salem Baptist Church. All his life he loved to sing hymns! He especially loved to sing with his niece Debbie Zinn, at Hackley's Store in Amissville. He liked to help and be a part of our Hope For Appalachia mission team, giving his time to sort and pack Hope boxes whenever he could. He enjoyed gardening, working outside and fishing. He loved to tinker and could fix just about anything!
He was a true patriot who loved this nation and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was assigned to the USS Missouri. He worked for the CIA and later for various government contractors.
He was always smiling and always Inviting people to join him in the choir at New Salem Baptist Church.
His greatest joy was his grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Friday, December 7,2018 at 12pm at New Salem Baptist Church, 8233 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, Va..22701. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Amissville Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 2524. A reception will follow at New Salem Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank the loving staff at the Harbor Memory Care Assisted Living in Stanardsville, Virginia. He was truly spoiled by his caregivers and staff there at the Harbor! Special thanks to Amber Ralls, Beth Murphy, B.J. Workman, and Cindy Lawson.
In lieu of of flowers, donations can be made to Hope for Appalachia Virginia Team, Inc, 7356 Beech Hill Lane, Boston, Virginia 22713.
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