James A. Tilley, 74, of Greencastle and formerly of Brazil, passed away at his home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.
Jim was born on June 21, 1945, in Brazil, Indiana the son of Cecil and Kathryn (Joyner) Tilley. He graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1963. Following high school he began working with Joe Loughmiller at the VC Chemical plant. Jim would attribute his beginnings in AgriBusiness to his time at VC which was ultimately absorbed by Mobile Chemical. Jim continued his career working at various AgriBusiness companies as an account manager. During his career he earned multiple sales awards. He retired in 1999 from IMC.
Jim’s memberships and social involvements included: Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department and the Bainbridge Fire Department, Clay County Jaycees, Past President of the National Fertilizer and Solutions Club, served on the board of directors for the Plant Food and Chemical Association, 1st Christian Church in Brazil.
He began his involvement with the Elk’s in Brazil and later transferred his membership to the Greencastle lodge where he received his 50 year membership in April of 2017.
Jim was an avid golfer. He began golfing at the age of 12. This passion continued over his lifetime. He achieved many holes-in-one at various golf courses and he was known for saying “friendships and deals were often made at the golf course”.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Kathryn Tilley; his step mother Bertha Loughmiller Knoll Tilley; a brother Dennis Tilley, a step-sister Janet Sue Guth; and a son-in-law Tony Vester.
Survivors include his wife Wanda (Pell) Tilley whom he married on February 28, 1964; two daughters Kim Vester and Keri Tilley; grandchildren: Chelsea Whittington and Thad Whittington; nephews: Ryan Tilley and Jamie Tilley; and a sister-in-law Deborah Thompson Tilley, step-brother Herman Knoll.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. French Funeral Home, in Brazil, has been entrusted with his care. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.