Jack married Betty Ann Quin of Gilmer on December 5, 1944. After
finishing his military service he and Betty returned to Waco, Texas where he graduated from Baylor University. They moved back to East Texas where their two children, Linda and Quin, were born. Jack continued his education at East Texas State University where he received his Masters of Education degree. He worked at Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. as an accountant and a pilot of the company planes. He also served as principal of Valley View Elementary School for 18 years, retiring in 1990. He always enjoyed seeing and visiting with former students. Jack was an active member of First Baptist Church since 1960.
After retiring Jack and Betty traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He and Betty also spent much time at their beloved Circle T Farm near Gilmer. Jack enjoyed being with his family, his flower garden, watching the birds, and working on the farm. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Preceding Jack in death is his beloved wife of 70 years Betty Quin Tillery. Jack is survived by his children: daughter, Linda Ann Killough, and her husband Bo of College Station. John Quin Tillery, and his wife Linda of Longview. His grandchildren, Kevin J. Cochener and wife Becky of College Station, Brian T. Cochener of Austin, and Emily Ruth Rigsby and husband Matt of Houston, Hunter Tillery of Longview, John Daniel Tillery of College Station, and his step granddaughter, Jennifer Petru and husband Richard of Cypress. He has four great-grandchildren: McKinley Ruth Cochener, Carolyn Ann Cochener, Addison Petru, and Grayson Petru.
A private burial with full military honors will be at Grace Hill Cemetery. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a local charity of your choice.