James Aubrey Lilly Sr., 74, of Lenoir, NC, formerly of Beckley WV, strolled into the gates of Heaven on September 5, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family at Caldwell UNC Healthcare.
He was born April 8, 1943 in Sullivan WV, to the late Aubrey Lilly and Wanda Bragg Lilly Coleman.
James was a member of Bible Baptist Church in MacArthur, WV and Union Grove Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC, Chief of Police in Mabscott WV and a former coal miner for Windy Gulf, Rife Branch and Piney Creek Coal Company.
As a hobby he had a love for flea markets and auctions where he was known as Haney. He loved to hunt and was dedicated to his family and always a hard worker.
He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during Vietnam where he served on the USS Forrestal and he received and outstanding service commendation from the ship's captain.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a grandson; Dustin Irvin Hubbard, three brothers; Quintin, Howard and Dennis Lilly, three sisters; Audrey Lilly, Bonnie Johnson and Opal Brust, maternal grandparents; William Mack Bragg and Josie Sears Bragg, paternal grandparents; Charlie "Fats" Lilly and Mary Susan Cox Lilly.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years Yvonna Gail Simmons Lilly, of the home, three sons; Tim Hubbard of Epperly WV, Scott Hubbard of John Ben WV, Jim Lilly and wife Caryn of Midland VA, daughter; Rhonda Lilly Barnett and husband Mark of Lenoir, NC, brothers; Leslie Lilly of Coal City WV, Tommy Lilly and wife Janet of Stanaford WV, Carlos Lilly and wife Rusty of Lester WV, sisters; Loretta Lusk of Shady Springs, WV, Brenda Grahonya and husband Jimmy of Coal City, WV, Debbie Riffe of Fitzpatrick WV, grandchildren; Jennifer Hubbard, Ashley Carlisle and husband Kevin, Jason Hubbard, Amanda Biddix and husband Adam, Andrew "Steven" Lewis, Destenie Hubbard, Carah Hubbard, Nathan and Noelle Lilly, Ethan and Makayla Barnett, Kayden Cook, great grandchildren; Lilly Hall, Hayden Carlisle, Andrew and Evelyn Grace Lewis, Justin Hubbard, Jessica, Julie Mae and Jacob McEachern and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 11, 2017 at Bible Baptist Church in MacArthur WV at 2 pm with Reverend Thomas Shepard and Reverend Sam Craven officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, with full military honors.
The family will receive friends at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home on Saturday, September 9,2017 from 4 pm until 5 pm.
The family will also receive friends on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 6-9 pm at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley.
Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Hubbard, Scott Hubbard, Jim Lilly, Andrew "Steven" Lewis, Nathan Lilly and Jason Hubbard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan Barnett, Kevin Carlisle and Adam Biddix.
Words of comfort may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.
Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of James Aubrey Lilly Sr.
Published on September 8, 2017