The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 12, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, July 12, 2013


David E. Lilly II

David Earl Lilly II, of Ashworth Drive, Beckley, passed away on Monday, July 8th, 2013. He was 35 years of age.

Born on Feb. 21st, 1978, at Beckley, he was the beloved son of David Earl and Beverly Ann Darby Lilly.

A brother, Robert Earl Lilly, and his paternal and maternal grandparents, Hansford and Betty Lilly and Bob and Mary Ann Darby, have preceded him in death.

David was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He worked in the food industry for 19 years, having worked at Applebee’s, Tamarack, Briar Patch Golf Club, Glade Springs, among others. David has been attending Appalachian Bible College where he was majoring in Pastoral Studies. He was so anxious for school to start again. David truly loved learning about his faith and wanted to share with everyone. A former member of Memorial Baptist Church, he currently was a member and attending Faith Baptist Church in Prosperity. In his leisure time, he loved to go fishing with his Dad and grandparents.

In addition to his parents, David leaves to cherish his memory his sister, Angela Leigh King and her husband Tyler, and their children, Benjamin David and Catherine Grace, all of Beckley; uncles, aunts, and cousins, Mark and Elaine Darby and their children, Becky and Michael, all of Cary, N.C., Allen and Dinah Lilly and their children, Freddie, Jordan, and Grant, all of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.; his faithful feline companions and best buddies, Legion and Oliver; and a host of friends.

After graduating from Brian’s Safe House, Richard Jarrell gave David his first job as a prep cook.

David will be remembered as a real people person. He felt at ease and could talk to anyone. He loved being with his niece and nephew. David looked forward to taking Ben fishing this summer.

A “Service of Remembrance” will be Saturday, July 13th, at 1 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church, 507 Prosperity Road, Prosperity. Rev. Larry Halsey will be officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life, we loved you dearly. In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories. Your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again.

David, you will be sadly missed. You were a wonderful, caring son and brother.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the scholarship fund for Brian’s Safe House, 368 Dearing Drive, Mt. Hope, WV 25880.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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