Rev. James R. Lilly

Rev. James R. Lilly, 89, formerly of Ellwood City, passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour on Friday morning, May 10, 2013, at the VNA Hospice in Butler.

He was born in Oxley, West Virginia, on January 27, 1924, to the late Owen P. Lilly and Gussie I. Wirtz Lilly.

He graduated in 1941 from Shady Spring High in Beaver, WV, and served in the US Army as a corporal from 1948-1951 at Ft. Knox, KY. He obtained both his BA and MA in religious education from Trinity College in Clearwater, FL. He also completed post graduate studies at both Wheaton College and Fuller Seminary.

After being pen pals and then meeting in person, he married his wife, Grace Alice Neuman Lilly on August 25, 1953 in Ellwood City. They traveled together to Africa as missionaries for the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), serving the Lord in Nigeria, West Africa for over 23 years.

After moving back to Ellwood City in 1976, Rev Lilly continued to serve the Lord in various capacities at the Park Alliance Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Dr. Timothy J. (and Cheryl) Lilly of Grove City PA; and daughter, Carol Grace (and James) Reichert of Portersville, with whom he lived.

Seven grandchildren also survive: Samuel E., Thomas G., Sarah J., Rebecca A., Benjamin J., Hannah E., and Noah A. Lilly; as well as one sister, Hazel Patterson, of Scottsdale, AZ; and a niece and four nephews.

Friends will be received from 4-8 P.M. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixths Street at Park Avenue.

A celebration service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Park Alliance Church, with the Rev. John McCready, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Full military rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard at the church service.

Memorial donations, in his honor, can be made to the Park Alliance Church, 701 Jefferson Street, Ellwood City, PA 16117 or to the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM USA), P.O. Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241.

Rev. Lilly’s life verse was Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."

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