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Justin Elbert Tillett

d. February 23, 2020

Justin Elbert Tillett, of Siler City, died Sunday February 23, 2020. Mr. Tillett was born January 2, 1981 in Carteret County to Kenneth P. and Kathleen Honeycutt Tillett. He was a member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church, previously a member of University Baptist Church Chapel Hill. Firefighting was an important part of Justin’s life, he was a volunteer member of the Siler City Fire Department and former member of New Hope Fire Department and Atlantic Fire Department. Justin was a high school science teacher most recently teaching at Jordan Matthews and with the NC Virtual Public School. He was a volunteer baseball coach with HYAA and East Chatham Baseball, and a basketball coach with Siler City Parks and Rec. He enjoyed helping the UNC Marching Tarheels during football season. Justin is survived by his parents; wife of 14 years: Ashley Conley Tillett, son: Holden Tillett; brother: Kenneth “Beaver” Tillett and wife Leslie; Nephews: Kyle and Andrew Tillett; Special Cousins: Krystal Gray, Kristopher Honeycutt, and Gregory Swartz; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home, 230 N. Second Ave Siler City. Memorial Service will be Friday, February 28, 2020, at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Parker Coppock officiating. Any memorials may be made to UNC Bands gift fund c/o UNC Band, CB 3320, Chapel Hill NC, 27599; or to JMArts c/o Rose Pate, Jordan Matthews High School, 910 E. Cardinal St, Siler City, NC, 27344. Smith and Buckner Funeral home is assisting the family at this time. Online Condolences may be made at
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation at Funeral Home

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home

230 N 2nd Ave, Siler City, NC 27344

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Funeral Service

Friday, February 28, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church

1101 W Raleigh St, Siler City, NC 27344

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