BETTY L. P. TILLERY of Laurel, MD died on May 23, 2009. Betty was born on January 25, 1939 in Winston-Salem, NC to Robert Lewis Puryear, Sr. and Clara Irene Barnes Puryear (both deceased). She is survived by her husband James Forest Tillery; one daughter Erika Puryear Tillery; one grandson Bain Alexander of Laurel, MD; two sisters Joan Puryear Yarborough of Salt Lake City, UT, Linda Puryear Eaton (John) of Hanover, MD; five brothers Robert Lewis Puryear, Jr. (Jenny), John E. Puryear (Pearl) and William A. Puryear (Jean), all of Philadelphia, PA, Earl Puryear (Valerie) and Samuel Gibson Puryear, Sr. (Barbara) of Winston-Salem, NC; 20 nieces and nephews, all of whom were very close to her heart; two aunts Camilla and Grace Harding of Yadkinville, NC. Friends may join the family for a service of remembrance on Wednesday, May 27 from 5-8 p.m. at the Howell Funeral Home, 10220 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD 20794. Entombment Gardens of Memory, Winston-Salem, NC.