Velna Gentry Tilley of the Austin community celebrated her 93rd birthday Feb. 13. She was born Feb. 13, 1926, to Shirley and Dosie Gentry of the Benham community.
Mrs. Tilley was married to the late Winfield Levi Tilley for 67 years. All of their children are surviving, including Freida Waddell; Russell Tilley and wife, Carol; Virginia Mounce and husband, Clayton; Vernon Tilley and wife, Lydia; Donnie Tilley and wife, Wanda; and Shirlene Dillard and husband, Ronald. She also has 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Her hobbies include making quilts to give to her family members and gardening. She is a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, and has always been a homemaker.
Mrs. Tilley’s family will celebrate with her on Saturday at the K&W in Statesville. “By the grace of God, she will be 93 years young,” said her son, Donnie.