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ATHENS — James Thomas (Jay) Lilly, 80, of Athens passed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Born December 14, 1936, in Beckley WV. He was the son of the late Rev Joseph & Arminta Day Lilly. They moved to Bent Mountain (Lerona) in 1942 where he spent his childhood helping with the work on the farm. He moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1955. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Williams on June 28, 1960. They moved back to Athens in 1967 where he lived until he moved to his heavenly home.
He was a Christian giving his heart to Jesus as a young man at one of his dad's revivals. He had reaffirmed his faith and was a believer. He was always a hard worker, in construction in Delaware and as a plumber in West Virginia. He was always willing to help anyone as long as his health allowed. After his health declined he enjoyed sitting in the sun and watching the wild animals and birds. He loved pretty flowers and hated snow and cold weather.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers; Joe and Earl, and four sisters; Annie Starcher, Juanita Tyree, Ethel Snead, & Freda Lilly.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years Betty; one son Jim and wife Cindy; one grandson Matthew who was the light of his life. Also survived by; 8 sisters Penny Sluder, Martha Atha, Edith Episcopo, Geneva Spitelle, Learline Baker, Mary Lamb, Marguerite Fleetwood, Patty (Sam) Akers, and brother and sister in law Marion and Glenna Hazelwood, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Jay Lilly will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor David White officiating. Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery in Athens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may visit with the family Friday from 2:00 P.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Hospice Compassus for the love and care that they gave to Jay in his final days. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Brown's Chapel Church or Bible in the Schools.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via HYPERLINK "http://www.memorialfd.com" www.memorialfd.com.
The Lilly family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on February 22, 2017
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