Barbara June Carden Liles was born to Harley and Gladys Carden at Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville, TN on July 8, 1930.
She was joined by a sister Mary Ellen two years later. After completing Inskip Elementary school, Barbara graduated from Central High School in 1948 where she was one of the piano accompanists for the school choir. Then it was off to Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) in Collegedale, TN, where she met the love of her life, Aubrey H. Liles, Jr. They literally made beautiful music together, as she frequently accompanied his saxophone solos on the piano. They were married in 1949, at which time Barbara left school to work at TVA to put Aubrey through college for an accounting degree.
Aubrey was drafted to the U.S. Army in 1952 and had active duty in Camp Pickett, VA and Fort Sam Houston, TX. Their stint in the Army was completed in 1955 so they moved to Atlanta, GA where Aubrey started his accounting firm. Barbara stayed very busy as a stay-at-home Mom to her three kids but also helped Aubrey in his office, especially during tax season. She was very active in the Beverly Road SDA Church as a pianist, organist, and also sang in the ladies trio. She was an excellent cook and hostess, a true Southern lady who also knew how to chop the head off a snake that got to close for comfort.
She was predeceased by her parents, Harley and Gladys Carden, her sister Mary Ellen Carden Byrd, and her devoted husband Aubrey
She will be missed greatly by her children, Sandy (Shane Tisdale), Joni (Bob Hamilton), and Chip (Laurie Liles), as well as her 6 grandchildren (Georgia Liles Tunstill, Jacque Liles Bennett, Ashley Evans Fedusenko, Haley Hamilton, Jordon Evans, Dillon Hamilton ) and 5 great grandchildren (Dean Tunstill, Ruth Bennett, Lewis Tunstill, Augusta Fedusenko, Aubrey Bennett), sister-in-law Jane Liles King and brother-in-law Deryl Hoyt, along with nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held for family Thursday, November 19, and a memorial will be planned for a later date.
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Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
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