Delmer Lilly

December 3, 1949 - March 10, 2012
Delmer Lilly

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Delmer Lilly, 62 of Shallotte, NC passed away March 10, 2012 at home after a battle with cancer he fought heroically and never once gave up.

He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 34 years Brenda Mangus Lilly of Shallotte, NC; three loving daughters, Tara Lilly Williams of Reynoldsburg, OH, Sarah Lilly of Charleston, SC, and Jessica Lilly Roscoe of Shallotte, NC; His granddaughter and joy of his life, Alexis Diane Lilly of Charleston, SC, Grandson Jake Walker of Reynoldsburg, OH and expecting a 3rd grandchild later this year; Mother-in-Law Betty Reid of Lake Park, GA; Son-in-law Russell Roscoe of Shallotte, NC; Three brothers, John and wife Pat Lilly of Cleveland, OH, Steve and wife Cookie Lilly of Tornado, WV, and Troy and wife Carol Byrd of Charleston, WV; Two sisters, Judy Gagnon of Macedon, NY and Mary Legg of Nitro, WV. Sister-in-law Stella Adair of Cross Lanes, WV; Nephews Dennis Mangus of Shallotte, NC, Josh Hatfield and wife Nikki of Cross Lanes, WV, Steve Yoho and wife Jessica of Marietta, OH and Harold Yoho of Marietta, OH; Nieces Emmy Alkire and husband Darrin of Marietta, OH and Jennifer Becker and husband Nathan of Marietta, OH; Delmer was blessed with many friends in which he loved dearly.

Delmer is preceded in death by his mother, Adelphia Lilly, his father Coy Lilly, brother Gene Lilly and sister Janie Lilly.

Delmer was born December 3, 1949 in Charleston, WV. He was an operator at DuPont for 19 years and a Vietnam veteran, a true warrior. Delmer was an outdoorsman and had such a love for nature. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and traveling the US in his motor home. But above all else, he just enjoyed being our “Pop”.

“To dwell in the hearts of those we leave behind, is not to die.”

Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to:
Delmer Lilly Fund
Post Office Box 3288
Shallotte, NC 28459

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  • March 13, 2012
    John and Pat Lilly says:
    R.I.P. Little brother, We will always love you.

  • March 12, 2012
    Elaine Parrish says:
    My love to you all always. Delmer will missed by so many people. He was always so accepting and generous with Nicole and Logan, inviting them to be part of your family. I love you all.

  • March 12, 2012
    This is DOC PROCTOR. DELMER hired in with me at DUPONT (BELLE) in 1981. I'm so sorry to hear about one of my best buddies. I hated it when he transfered to Fayetteville. "THIS IS THE TRUTH" , I retired 6/30/2010 and I quite often have dreams of working at DUPONT. Mostly with my most recent guys. "BUT" one night this past week, I again dreamed of DUPONT, and very distinctly remember "DELMER" was there and was kidding around,he and I were very quick witted.(DOC & DELMER). I know now that that dream was meant for me. THANK GOD! I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope DELMER was saved, and I'll see him in HEAVEN. I'm thankful that he's not suffering anymore. GOD BLESS YOU BRENDA, AND FAMILY. DOC PROCTOR [email protected]

  • March 13, 2012
    pat sharp says:
    Dear Delmar, Even though it has been many a year since we saw one another. Time and distances, never changed. I will always remember you as a good friend, someone to share a laugh with, even through some hard, sad times. But we shared the joys of youth once, many a year ago. To Brenda and his family, there's nothing I can say that you don't know already. Being he was a Vietnam Vet, he was always there to take care of his brothers, when they returned home. And in doing so he taught us, about what it was like, and to not point fingers until you had walked a mile in his and their shoes. It has been years since I had seen or talked to him, but nor distance or time erased the respect and love and friendship that we had over the years. WE lost a good person today, but I sleep well knowing your husband, your father and your grandfather watches over me tonight, as he did so often during the Vietnam war and the 70s. God Bless You and May God's healing help you though these awful days ahead. -pat sharp

  • March 13, 2012
    steve and cookie lilly says: