James “Floyd” Lilly Sr.

James “Floyd” Lilly Sr., 77, of Chester Gap, Virginia was called home by his Lord and Savior on Thursday September 3, 2020 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

There will be a gathering of friends and family on Thursday September 10, at Chester Gap Baptist Church at 10AM followed immediately by a celebration of life at 11AM by Pastor Roger Orman. Interment with military honors will follow the service in the Williams Family Cemetery in Chester Gap. After interment family and friends are invited back to the church for a time of food and fellowship.

Floyd was born on December 16, 1942 in Ellison, West Virginia, to the late Oliver Esker and Maude Emma Lilly. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Floyd is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty Williams Lilly of Chester Gap; one son, Jim Lilly and wife Diana Leigh of South Riding, Virginia; one daughter, Angela Davis and husband Billy of Browntown, Virginia; two sisters Macie Welch and Frances Palmer; three grandchildren, Lauren Lilly, Logan Davis, and Nicholas Davis; one great granddaughter, Anekah Lilly; four step grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Floyd was an active member of Chester Gap Baptist Church. He graduated from Rappahannock County High School in 1964. After high school he joined the United States Army 101st Airborne Division. During his time in combat he was wounded. He spent the next eighteen months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. recuperating. Floyd was awarded service medals including the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal w. Device 1960, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He was very proud of his service to our country and said many times that he would do it all over again. After his discharge Floyd worked as a carpenter and then at the United States Postal Service in Front Royal, Virginia, where he retired after serving for 26 years.

Pallbearers will be Randy Williams, Greg Williams, Charles Frazier, Earl Williams, Ronnie Morris, and Kevin Rickers. Honorary pallbearers will be Logan Davis and Nicholas Davis.

You loved to talk and never met a stranger. We will miss you and your bear hugs deeply. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to you. Our family has been so blessed to have you. You have enriched all our lives! Your memories are treasures that we will store in our hearts forever. We know that your pain is gone now and that one day we will meet again in heaven.

Contributions in memory of Floyd can be made to the Chester Gap Baptist Church, 41 Waterfall Rd., Chester Gap, VA 22623 or to the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire department, 42 Waterfall Rd., Chester Gap, VA 22623.

“Well done, good and faithful servant….enter into the joy of your master.”

  13 comments for “James “Floyd” Lilly Sr.

  1. Mildred Jenkins
    September 6, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    So sad and I pray for comfort. I remember Floyd when he was injured, was a rough time for him. Our days of going to school together with our siblings. Was a great person, and you are right he knew no stranger.

  2. Ken & Sandi Dickinson
    September 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I wish we could have spent more time with you. The stories you had to tell. Rest in peace sweet friend.

  3. Troy Baker
    September 7, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Floyd you will be greatly missed, I remember working with you in Maryland building homes.
    RIP my friend! 🇱🇷🙏

  4. Linda F. Lilly Pomeroy
    September 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Uncle Floyd RIP. Love you and miss you. Heaven got another angel. Sending prayers up for the family and all those that knew and loved you. ✝️❤️🙏

    • September 11, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Floyd will be miss by many. I enjoy working with him at the post office. He was a true friend.
      My deepest sympathy and prayers for his family and friends. Rest in Peace.🙏

  5. Tammy
    September 7, 2020 at 4:48 pm


  6. Kim Williams
    September 7, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Floyd was a great man. Remember going up to the house when we was kids and playing. Was always good to us all and treated us like we was his own. Floyd will be missed by many. My prayers to the whole family.

  7. Emmett and Neda Duncan
    September 8, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    My dear Betty and family…we mourn with you…Emmett will miss Floyd terribly. Such a friend and breakfast buddy too. Many stories these two have shared. Prayers for your peace and comfort.

  8. Florence Roman(Gertie)
    September 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Betty Jean and family
    Sorry to hear of Floyd’s passing he was such happy person. He and dad loved talking about cars. Now they can spend some more time doing so. Sending prayers of peace and love.

  9. Brenda Cameron
    September 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Betty. So very sorry for your loss.

  10. Booboo and family
    September 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all if I can help please let me know.

  11. Beverly Keathley
    September 9, 2020 at 3:46 pm

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

    We are all so sorry to hear of Uncle Floyd’s passing. Consider yourselves all hugged!

    We are all blessed to be a part of such an amazing, loving, and compassionate family.

    Uncle Floyd will never be forgotten.
    It’s hard not to wish for one more day, one more word, one more touch but we know he is in Heaven now with so many loved ones & where there is no pain, sickness, or suffering..

    See you on the other side…what a reunion that will be!

    Proverbs 10:7
    The memory of the righteous is a blessing.
    Psalms 116:15

    Precious in the sight of The Lord, is the death of His saints.

    Love & prayers…..

    Bev, Anita, Rhenda, Debbie, Wanda, and Kathy Jo

  12. Bob Moore
    September 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Blessings to Floyd’s Family and Friends,,,,,,I knew Floyd way back in school and after. We had lost contact
    with each other as we progressed in life . I wish now we had kept in contact with each other.

    Stay Safe Everyone!!

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