The school bell rang one last time for the 84 year old educator.
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Lillian was born in San Angelo, Texas on July 5, 1936 to Cleo and Gladys Tillery and passed away peacefully on February 21, 2021.
Lillian graduated from San Angelo Lake View High School. In her journey, she earned degrees with an associate of arts degree from San Angelo College; Bachelor of science degree in home economics from University of North Texas; a master's degree in child development at Texas Women's University; and, a Ph.D degree in nutrition and family living from Texas Women's University in Denton.
Lillian taught school in Sterling City, Georgia, Fort Worth Junior College, Weatherford ISD, taught in-service trainings at Region 15 in San Angelo and was a professor at University of North Texas in Denton.
After Dr. Linebarger retired, she would still keep the school bell ringing. She kept up with long lost students over the years, counseled with school administrators on projects and sought other type of grants she needed to initiate. She would fill the conversation about public school programs, teaching strategies, project plans and commanding sentences that always started with, "why don't you do this......"
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Cleo Tillery, Jr. and Leon Tillery.
Lillian is survived by the love of her life, Jim Linebarger, of Denton, her son Terry Linebarger of Denton and her daughter Diane Valentine Martin, of Alto, New Mexico. Lillian is also survived by her sister Anna of San Angelo, her brother David Tillery of San Angelo and her sister Linda Tillery of San Angelo. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and former students.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2021 at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, February 26, 2021 at Grape Creek Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/ Grape Creek.
While the lessons have ended, all of those around her will have life-long knowledge about many areas of study.