Obit: Lance Tilley

January 07, 1980 – April 20, 2021

Preston Lance Tilley was born on January 7, 1980 and passed away April 20, 2021 at the age of 41.

Lance is preceded in death by his parents Fred Tilley, Mary and Aubrey Bonnette, and Aunt Ruth and Uncle John James, sisters, Kelly Bonnette and Debbie Gates Boone.

He leaves behind his daughter Elizabeth Gaspard, son Preston Tilley, daughter Paisley Rae Tilley and stepdaughter Alexis Stewart. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth Ray Tilley, Travis and Sandy Martin-Nez, Rick Gates and wife Amy Gates; sisters, Lisa and Jake Baird, Audrey and John Baker, Barbie Gates Thomas, and a host of other nieces, nephews and family members.

Lance owned a successful oil and gas drilling consulting company and loved to garden in his downtime. He lived for his children, attending ballgames, fishing and hunting with them or just hanging out. He lived life to the fullest and always made friends where ever he went. He will be fondly remembered as a great Dad and a true friend. Lance will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A service to celebrate his life will be held Friday April 23, 2021 at 10 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home located at 848 Keyser Avenue, Natchitoches LA. Bro. Matt Endris will be officiating the service. Immediately following, friends and family are invited to attend graveside services at New Ebeneezer Cemetery, LA-153 Castor, LA. Visitation will be held at Blanchard St. Denis on Thursday April 22, 5-9 pm.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Aaron Pickett, Greg Layfield, Joshua Canterbury, Justin Mitchell, Robert Tilley and Houston Colbert. Honorary Pallbearers will be Travis Martin-Nez and Kenneth Rae Tilley and John Baker.

In lieu of flowers a Love Fund has been established at the BOM Bank for his two youngest children Preston and Paisley Rae ages 12 and 8.


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