Mrs. Willie B. Lillard, age 89, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:50 PM at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman, Illinois.
She was born on May 22, 1931 to the late Joe and Willie Turner in Evergreen, Alabama. Mrs. Lillard’s Love for the Lord started early in life as a child. She attended Antioch Baptist Church in Evergreen, Alabama. Where she was active in Sunday school and the choir.
Mrs. Lillard received her educational training in the Conecuh County Training School System.
In October 1950, she married Moses Nolan Jr. and relocated to Danville IL. in 1952. Four children were born to this union Juanita Nesbitt, Wandra Nolan, Leonard Nolan, and Christopher Nolan. They divorced in April 1963.
She later married Morris K. Lillard on October 9, 1971. Mrs. Lillard was a faithful member of Carter Metropolitan CME church until her health declined. She was a member of the Senior Choir, RA Carter Club and Stewardness Board.
Mrs. Lillard worked alongside her husband the owner of the Vermilion Janitorial Service from 1971 till the retirement in 1986. Mrs. Lillard enjoyed cooking, baking, interior decorating, sewing, reading, thrift shopping, music, and traveling. She and her husband would vacation yearly taking road trips and guided bus tours throughout the United States. Most of all she enjoyed traveling to see her family and friends.
Mrs. Lillard was a strong Christian warrior who had a kind and giving heart. Mrs. Lillard leaves to cherish her loving memory her three children; Juanita Nesbitt of Champaign IL., Leonard (Leatha) Nolan, Christopher (Mildred) Nolan ( both of Houston Texas), grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Five sisters; Ruby Turner of Uniondale, N.Y, Maggie Watson of Evergreen, AL. Bernice Johnson of Danville IL., Jane Johnson-Rodgers, Joanne Rodgers (both of Evergreen, AL.) and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mrs. Lillard was preceded in death by her husband Morris K. Lillard; one sister Eleanor Turner; three brothers; Robert James, and Joe L. Turner; one special aunt, Alberta Turner, and one daughter, Wandra Nolan.
A private Homegoing Celebration will commence at 12:00 Noon on Friday February 19, 2021 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 E. Williams St. Danville. Eulogist: Pastor Cedric Nesbitt. A viewing will begin at 10:00 am until the time of the service. Interment will follow after at Danville National Cemetery.
Due to CDC regulations, attendance restrictions will be enforced
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