Robert Earle Tirey

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Robert Earle Tirey, a resident of Berryville, was born on Jan. 27, 1934, near Grandview, the son of Joseph Jackson and Elsie Leita (Champlin) Tirey. He died at the age of 75 on July 30 in Berryville.

Robert professed his faith at a very early age at Penn Memorial Southern Baptist Church in Eureka Springs. He was a lifelong resident of Eureka Springs where he attended and graduated from the school system in 1953. After three years of Army service, he returned to Eureka Springs where he worked as a painting/drywall/building contractor for more than 35 years until he retired in 1993.

On Sept. 20, 1959, Robert married Wanda M. (Johnson) Tirey, of the home, who survives him. He is also survived by one daughter, Pamela Lynn, and husband Kenny Ray Villines; two grandsons, Travis and Zachary Villines; and one granddaughter, Amanda Villines, all of Forum. He is also survived by three nephews, three nieces and several cousins.

Mr. Tirey was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Katheryn Sue Tirey; and three brothers, Lester Jack Tirey, William Donald Tirey and James Udell Tirey.

An informal memorial service was held on Aug. 8 at the Berryville First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Garrison officiating. Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences can be sent to the family at