Frederick “Fred” Ray Tillery Sr., 96, of Morehead City, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 3, 2022 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born on February 3, 1925 to the late John Randolph & Parmilla Gaskill Tillery in Morehead City. He Peacefully and Quietly joined his Wife Barbara along with Family and Friends that had gone before him as they welcomed him to the most joyous of reunions.
Fred attended Queen Street High School in Beaufort. He joined the Army and served during the end years of WWII at which time he was honorably discharged in 1949 and returned to Morehead City.
He joined the US Post Office and worked for 35 years and was a much requested bartender for Weddings & Private Events in the area for many years. In 1960, he met Barbara Walker, the new school teacher at W.S. King School and they married on June 9, 1963. They were married for 30 years until she passed away in 1994.
Fred was a faithful member of St. Stephen’s AME Zion Church, attending church every Sunday and never missed a live stream during COVID times. He was known to always carry Peppermint and Strawberry Candy and passed it out to everyone.
He leaves to cherish his memory One Son, Frederick Ray Jr of the home; Three Daughters, Fredericka Tillery of Durham, Audra Tillery of Raleigh, Elizabeth Tillery-Meadows of Morehead City. Granddaughter, Nicole Tillery of Durham, Grandsons, Ray-Shaun Tillery, and Anthony Meadows of Morehead City, Jerome Tillery (Megan) of Knightdale, Jordan Meadows of Honolulu, HI and Caleb Hymon of Raleigh; Great-Grand Daughters, McKensey & Jasmyne Tillery of Knightdale and Great Grandson Amari Tillery of Morehead City; Sister, Althea Becton (Nick) of Havelock; and Brother Dr. Winifred Tillery(Lynette) Raleigh, many Nieces, Nephews & Friends.
He was preceded in death by His Parents; Granny, Amanda Gaskill; Wife, Barbara W. Tillery; 1st Wife & Mother of His Oldest Daughter, Betty Dudley; Son-In-Law, Rodney Meadows; Brothers, Herbert (Elaine) and John Tillery (Betty); Sisters, Parker Leigh McDonald (Mac), Jessie Savage, Richella Walker (Harvey), Mary Boyd (Anthony) & Fannie Butler (David); and Nephews David Butler Jr and Anthony Boyd Jr.
Public Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Noe-Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City.
Due to Covid Restrictions, a Private Family Funeral will be held at St Stephen’s AME Zion Church.
He will be laid to rest following the service in Greenwood Cemetery beside his Wife.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorial Donations be made to The Building Fund of St. Stephen’s AME Zion Church, 107 N 12th Street Morehead City or The John R. Tillery Memorial Scholarship at First Baptist Church, 810 Bridges Street Morehead City.
Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.NoeBrooks.net
Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City, NC.
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