The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 10, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013


Larrie Mason Lester

INDIAN CREEK — Larrie Mason Lester, 73, of Indian Creek, passed away Aug. 9, 2013.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Pastor John Ed Lilly

John 14:25-27 KJV

25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Pastor John Ed Lilly, 67, of Cool Ridge passed away at home after a short illness. He went to his heavenly home on Thursday, August 8, 2013.

Born November 26, 1945, he was the son of the late Robert Lilly and Helen Hatcher Lilly of Cool Ridge.

John was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Earlyn Lilly, and sister, Jean Ann Lilly.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen Mae Phillips Lilly; two daughters, Jennifer E. Lilly-Muktar, husband AbdelBagi, of Beckley, and Janel Ellen Lilly, of Cool Ridge. John was the proud grandfather of Muktar, Haju, and Ryan Muktar of Beckley. His sister, Thelma Lilly Okes, husband Tom, of Cool Ridge.

John Ed was a coal miner for approximately 10 years in various mines of southern WV. He then became a school bus driver for another 10 years with the Raleigh County Board of Education.

John’s passion was in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. His goal was for all who heard him to come to know his Lord. John was the pastor at Mountain Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Odd, WV, for 20 years. He was currently the pastor at Clifftop Missionary Baptist Church, Beaver, WV, for the last 6 years. His love for his congregation was a prime example of serving the Lord.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 12, 2013, at Clifftop Baptist Church in Beaver with Mr. Warren Shrewsbury officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday Evening at the church. Burial will follow at the Earlyn Phillips Family Cemetery on Blue Jay Six Road in Cool Ridge. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

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