December 21, 1936 ~ September 1, 2002
Born in: Gauley Bridge, WV,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC
Leon Alfred Lilly, Sr., 65, of Hutch Mountain Road, Flether, died at his home Sunday morning, September 1, 2002, passing peacefully in his sleep. He was born December 21, 1936, in Gauley Bridge, WV, to the late M.G. Lilly, Sr. and Ethel Mae Lilly. He was also preceded in death by his brother, M.G. Lilly, Jr., and his sisters, Lillian Nahodil and Francis Ellison. Mr. Lilly retired to Western North Carolina after a career as an English teacher. He founded the Conrad Association of Educators in Wilmington, DE. Surviving him are his children, Leon a. Lilly, Jr. (Al) of Fletcher, Angie Collins of Candler, Danelle Sitton of Weaverville, Jason Lilly of Asheville, and Jennie Lilly of Asheville; a brother, Samuel Lilly of Gauley Bridge, WV; three sisters, Nita Richards of Oak Hill, WV and Deloris Halstead and Sue Finley of Venice, FL; his grandchildren, April Dale, Samantha Robertson, Terri Lilly, P.J. Sitton, Derrick Sitton, Kimberly Collins, Kristin Collins, and Katelyn Collins; and his great-grandson, Brayden Robertson. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Rev. Steve Harris officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His family will receive friends from 7 - 9 pm Monday at the funeral home, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden.