He was born on October 15, 1937, in Short Creek, the son of Ormond Robert and Catherine Carter Tilford. He was a retired Kentucky State Trooper and detective, a former Grayson County Judge Executive for two terms, a Veteran of the US Navy and was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Smith Tilford, one son, Todd Tilford (Lidija), of Minot, North Dakota, one daughter, Deborah Tilford, of Gallatin, Tn., one granddaughter, Chelsea Hurley, and two brothers, Dan and Jerry Tilford, of Falls of Rough. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Tilford.
Cremation was chosen and there will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at the Dermitt Funeral Home in Leitchfield.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of service.
Expressions of Sympathy can take the form of donations to the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018