Wiley Frank Tillis Jr.(1951-2012)

Wiley Frank Tillis Jr, 61, Wildwood, Fla., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, under the loving care of his family at his residence. Mr. Tillis was born June 19, 1951 in Pahokee, Fla., to his parents Wiley Frank Tillis Sr. and Betty Tillis of Pahokee. Mr. Tillis was a Warehouse Manager for Okeelanta Sugar Corporation and was also the owner of "Just Me Pool Service" here in Wildwood. He was a lifelong resident of Florida and moved to Wildwood from Pahokee in 2003 and attended high school in Wildwood. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Elks Club in Pahokee. He was a member of Discovery Church of Wildwood and loved being with his family while doing the things he loved such as riding air boats and swamp buggies, hunting, fly fishing and aviation. He is survived by his loving wife, Beth Fort-Tillis; father and step mother, Wiley Frank Tillis Sr (Betty) of Pahokee; mother, Betty Larson of Orlando; sons, Wiley Frank Tillis III (Betty) of Okeechobee, Christopher Jordan Tillis (Charlee Young) of Wildwood; brothers, George Tillis of Clewiston, Tom Tillis of Branson, Mo., John Larson of Orlando and Jeff Larson of Astatula; grandchildren, Chad Nason and J. Nason; nieces and nephews, Tania Kessler, T.J. Strickland, Derek Fort, Kelsey Fort, Stephen Doggett, Aaron Tillis, Sam Tillis, Tucker Tillis, Tony Tillis and Crystal Tillis. Preceded in death by a brother Danny Larson and a nephew Jason Tillis. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Discovery Church of Wildwood. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, Wildwood with military honors. A visitation was Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Banks, Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood. Please leave a condolence for the family at www.BanksPageTheus.com. Arrangements handled by Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 410 Webster Street, Wildwood.
Published in Sumter County Times on Dec. 5, 2012