George Tilden Staley

May 29, 1930 - May 30, 2020
George Tilden Staley

George passed away at the age of 90 years old in Wilmington, NC. He was a resident of Carolina Bay Retirement Community. He was the son of the late Arthur and Louvilla Staley.

George is preceded in death by his daughter Kay Garrett and grandson Jonathan Garrett; his sisters: Ruth Hicks, Thelma Osborne, Patsy Smith and Peggy Jones; brothers: Hubert, Ted, Dean and Kenneth Staley.

George is survived by his wife of 68 years, Patty Ellis Staley; son Fred Staley and wife Nancy; granddaughter Amanda Griffin and husband Josh and Amanda’s father Mike Garrett; his great-grandchildren: Ellis (“Ellie”), Tilden and Riley; sister Linda Gilmore and husband Bill; brother Gwynn Staley and wife DeeAnn; sisters-in-law Betty Staley, Norma Staley, Rosalie Staley and Carolyn Ellis; Brothers-in-law: Bill Hicks and Bobby Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

George was a veteran of the Korean War where he was wounded in action, receiving a Purple Heart, Bronze Star as well as other medals.

George started his career with the City of Greensboro in 1959 with the opening of the Greensboro Coliseum. His talents were quickly recognized and just under 10 years he was promoted to Operations Manager. By the mid 1970’s, the energy crunch had arrived and the city had to develop a new energy program. George moved to General Services to start an energy management program. Once again, his talents paved the way to being promoted to Structural Manager. George retired after 33 years of service to the City of Greensboro.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC .

Memorial gifts may be made to Alamance Presbyterian Church, 4000 Presbyterian Road, Greensboro, NC 27406 or to the donors choice of charity.

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  • June 02, 2020
    Jackie Jobe Haines says:
    George was such a kind and friendly neighbor, the Dad to one of my classmates, Kay and her older brother, Freddie, and a long-time active member of Alamance Presbyterian Church. I always though he had an interesting job working at Greensboro Coliseum, wondering about all the famous people he met, and important events he witnessed in person! I am so glad that my Mom and Dad were able to purchase a small piece of his land before they moved, to make a nice second entrance into our farm! Mr. Staley is worshiping our Lord now in person, beside his daughter, Kay!

  • June 06, 2020
    Riley Clapp lit a candle:
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  • June 09, 2020
    Pam and Jim Almond says:
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. While know he will be missed, he will be in your hearts forever.

  • June 14, 2020
    Betty Reddick, Dr Brooks Gilmore Nurse says:
    So sorry to learn of your loss. I remember you so well. was always good to see you both when you came to our office. I lost Raymond in Dec he was 95 so you are so much in my thoughts and prayers Betty