Leona L Tilley

of Searcy, AR

May 5, 1929 - April 21, 2022

Leona Lucille Tilley (92) of Searcy, Arkansas was born on May 5, 1929, to Fred and Rosa Smith in the small mountain community of Pine Snag in Cleburne County, Arkansas. Surrounded by family, Leona was peacefully carried into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, April 21, 2022.

Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, Leona gained a genuine understanding of love for family and reliance on God.

She was married on March 1, 1947, to James C. Tilley of Newark, Arkansas. Early in their 55-year marriage, James and Leona settled in Searcy and became members of the Park Avenue Baptist Church.

Leona is preceded in death by her husband and parents; brother, Porter Smith (Opal); sister, Irene Riddle (Tomie); sister, Reba Marsh; and brother-in-law Roy Tilley. She is survived by her sister Audrey Tilley of Searcy, AR, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Leona fondly reminisced of friendships gained during the 30 years she worked at the White County Federal Credit Union, and often spoke of her great love and appreciation for her church family at Park Avenue Baptist. She found joy in sewing and was an excellent cook. Her coconut cake was often the first to be devoured at church and family functions.

Simply stated, Leona Tilley was loved and will be missed. The family would like to give a special recognition to the staff at Providence and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Park Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund.

Service Information
Roller-Daniel Funeral Home
411 E Race Avenue
Searcy,  AR 72143
4/27/2022 at 1:00 PM
Funeral Service
Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel
411 E. Race Ave.
Searcy,  AR 72143
4/27/2022 at 2:00 PM

White County Memorial Gardens
3306 E. Park Ave.
Searcy, AR 72143

Memorial Contributions
Park Avenue Baptist Church
211 East Park
Searcy, AR 72143

Obituary Provided By:
Roller-Daniel Funeral Home
411 East Race Avenue
Searcy, AR  72145