First Posted: 2/11/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN Mrs. Desta Mae Marsh Tilley, 91, of Pilot Mountain, widow of the late Cecil Tilley, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Village Care in King. She was born in Surry County on June 22, 1917, to the late Wesley Johnson and Mamie Etta Brown Marsh. Mrs. Tilley worked as a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Debbie Tilley of Kernersville; two daughters, Carole Elliott of Westfield and Linda Perkins of Pilot Mountain; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister and brother-in-law, Verla and Fred Phillips of Mount Airy. Mrs. Tilley was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one great-grandchild, William Hill II; two sisters, Vallie Atkins and Lema Bryant; and two brothers, Kemp Marsh and Boyd Marsh. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Cox-Needham Chapel with the Rev. Bill Watson conducting the services with interment to follow at Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cox-Needham Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Little Mountain Baptist Church, c/o Verla Phillips, 930 Siloam Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Tilley family.