Catherine Fleet Tilley

September 21, 1916February 9, 2013

Greensboro - Catherine Fleet Tilley, 96 passed away in her room at Wellspring Retirement Community, Saturday, February 9th, 2013.

Catherine grew up in Greensboro, graduated from Greensboro College with a degree in mathematics. She taught high school math, worked for Jefferson Standard Life in New Orleans, owned an independent insurance agency, operated Greensboro Paving Company and was co-owner of Tilley Realty and Property Management.

She was the daughter of James B. Fleet ( Fleet-Plumber Hardware) and Mae Fleet ( Maison Joline Dress Shop). Catherine was preceded in death by her daughter: Mary Joe Brooks and her two husbands: Joseph T. Brooks and R.C. Tilley. She is survived by her brother: Rev. Jimmy Fleet - Greensboro and her son - Jim Brooks - Beech Mountain, N.C. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Catherine had a long life in the business world - but her greatest joy was helping others.

Family members will celebrate her life with a family memorial service in the Spring.

She was a life-long member of West Market Street Methodist Church. Memorials in her honor may be made to Wellspring Retirement Community or West Market Street Methodist Church.

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  • Private family service at a later date

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Laura Booher

February 20, 2013

I met Mrs Tilley when I was a teenager and got to see her from time to time after that. She will be missed.

Susan Evans

February 17, 2013

Catherine crossed my path briefly several years ago. I remember her as a delightful, beautiful, gracious and lovely woman. I will never forget meeting her and wish that I had known her longer. My sincere condolences to her family. Susan Evans

Linda Armfield

February 17, 2013

I wish I could have known Mrs. Tilley. My heartfelt condolences to her family, and especially to her son and my dear friend, Jim Brooks. Rest in Peace!