John Lawrence Lilly, Sr., 86, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
He was husband for 64 years of Joan Lawson Lilly; father of John L. Lilly, Jr. (wife Mary) of Orlando, FL and JoAnn L. Beninate (husband Doug) of Fuquay-Varina; grandfather of Angela Beninate Grayson (husband C. J.) and Capt. Jason D. Beninate, USMC (wife Jennifer); great grandfather of Jackson and Evangeline Grayson and Caroline and Layla Wade Beninate.
He was the son of the late Walter Lilly and Inez Gay Lilly Boyce and step son of John H. Boyce, Sr. Brother of the late Walter C. Lilly, Sr., Edward C. Lilly, Sr., Wyman H. Lilly and Joy L. Wellman; step brother of the late John H. (Jack) Boyce, Jr. and Margaret Bruneau.
Mr. Lilly was a native of New Orleans (Algiers) Louisiana until June 2004. As a member of the Fuquay-Varina Lions Club, John was awarded Lion of the Year in 2005, the Jack Stickley Fellow in 2009 and the Melvin Jones Fellow in 2012.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC. Inurnment will follow at St. Bernadette Catholic Church Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Fuquay-Varina Lions Club, Post Office Box 117, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at www.thomas funeral.com