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JAMES GREENIE LILLY

James Greenie Lilly, 85, of Shady Spring, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born September 28, 1922, at Lillybrook, he was the son of the late Greenie and Nancy Garretson Lilly.

Mr. Lilly was a retired foreman at Washington Gas and Light Co in Washington, D.C. He was a member of Open Door Baptist Church of Shady Springs, where he served as a Deacon.

He was a World War II US Army veteran where he served as a pathfinder in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served tours of duty in Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and Holland.

He was preceded in death by a son James Edward Lilly, a brother, four sisters, and two infant brothers.

Survivors are his wife Marie Christiansen Lilly, a son Aanen Michael Lilly, of Shady Springs, two daughters , Margaret Marie Engstrom, and husband, John Douglas, of Dunfries, Va.,and Nancy Rose Richey and husband, Stephen, of Vienna, a sister Audrey Johnston, of Coal City, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Open Door Church, Shady Springs, with Pastor George Smith officiating.

Interment of cremains will follow at a later date at Quantico National Cemetery.

There will be no visitation. 
 
James Greenie Lilly, 85, of Shady Spring, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.
     Born Sept. 28, 1922, at Lillybrook, he was the son of the late Greenie and Nancy Garretson Lilly.
     Mr. Lilly was a retired foreman at Washington Gas and Light Co. in Washington, D.C. He was a member of Open Door Baptist Church of Shady Spring, where he served as a deacon.
     He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran where he served as a pathfinder in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served tours of duty in Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and Holland.
     He was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Lilly; a brother; four sisters; and two infant brothers.
     Survivors are his wife, Marie Christiansen Lilly; a son, Aanen Michael Lilly of Shady Spring; two daughters, Margaret Marie Engstrom and husband, John Douglas, of Dumfries, Va., and Nancy Rose Richey and husband, Stephen, of Vienna, Va.; a sister, Audrey Johnston of Coal City; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
     Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Open Door Church, Shady Spring, with Pastor George Smith officiating. Interment of cremains will follow at a later date at Quantico National Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Door Church, P.O. Box 1137, Shady Spring, WV 25918.
     Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

(The Register-Herald, Beckley, WV, 13 Mar 2008 - Tedd Cocker)
 


(courtesy of John Evans)

Grave marker for cremains of James G. Lilly in Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico (Prince William county), Virginia.

James enlisted in the army in october 1940

After completion of basic training and jump school Pvt Lilly was transferred from the Headquarters, Parachute Training School to the 508th, then at Camp Mackall, NC.

Pfc Lilly was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead for his participation in the Holland campaign and Airborne operations

 

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