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Roger Franklin Tilley, age 75

Roger Franklin Tilley, age 75, of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on August 21, 2023. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky on September 22, 1947 to the late Herman Franklin Tilley and Margaret Crice Tilley.

Roger was a proud veteran of the United States Army. During the Vietnam Era, he served in the Airforce stationed in the Philippines. He served his country for 25 years before retiring. Roger also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 25 years as a machinist. He was proud of his faith, and attended the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas for many years.

In addition to his parents, Roger is preceded in death by his son Jason Tilley.

He leaves behind his wife Babette Tilley; son Christopher Tilley (Kristi); granddaughters Brianna and Shelby; daughter-in-law Erica Tilley; sister Barbara Moss; and many more friends and extended family.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 2:00pm with a celebration of life starting at 3:00pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • John Bania Posted August 25, 2023 11:31 AM

    I will never forget Roger! He WILL BE MISSED,

  • Shelley Cross Posted August 25, 2023 2:47 PM

    It is always difficult letting go of our loved ones, no matter their age or the time we knew them. May we each keep fabulous memories of Roger that make us smile as he goes on this new journey.

  • JoAnn Smith Posted August 26, 2023 9:26 AM

    I enjoyed getting to know Roger when we served on a committee together at church. Always friendly with a ready smile and greeting. He will be missed!

  • JERRY EDDARD MARTIN Posted August 29, 2023 8:04 PM

    Words have not been written that I could tell of the SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP Roger and I developed during our military time spent from 1987 until God sent us both separate ways after he went to Arkansas and I retired back in Louisiana. The best word I can use is TEAMMATE. Roger and I became LIFETIME TEAMMATES. I will forever cherish the relationship I got to make with CHRIS and JASON and wish that Jane and I could have developed with the love of his life BABETTE . WILL JOIN YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE ROGER AND WE WILL START RECRUITING FOR THOSE THAT ARE STILL HERE ON EARTH SOON. SO VERY GLAD I WILL ONCE AGAIN HAVE YOU AS MY FULL-TIME PARTNER… REST UNTIL I JOIN YOU – YOU CERTAINLY DESERVE TO.

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