David Roger Lilly, 84, of Gloucester, Va., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family, caregiver, Anne Meiggs, and special cat, Faron, who watched over him faithfully. He was a native of Mathews and was the son of the late Willie Maywood and Minnie Ashberry Lilly. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as chief electrician, having served 20 years; he also retired from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station after 20 years of service. He was a faithful member of Singleton United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities and was a member of the United Methodist Men.
One of the many joys in his life was that of sharing his love for music and playing the guitar and fiddle with his family, friends and surrounding communities. Family and friends will always cherish the musical memories that were made in the family home, which he built and where he was able to utilize his love for woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Ann Dukes, and grandson, Daniel Lilly. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Ann Hibble Lilly; son, Robert Lilly; daughter, Gale Lilly Kane (Kent); sister, Ann Lilly Hilke; grandchildren, Christy Lilly Shepherd (Ed), Cameron Goldberg (Allison), Brent Cannon (Mindy) and Justin Cannon; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Nolan, Keira, and Lilly Ann.
The family would like to extend their special thanks to caregivers, Anne and Carl, as well as a special thanks to the Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, especially to Lori, Gina, and Sue. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester. Due to COVID-19, visitation will be followed by a limited capacity service following social distancing and mask guidelines. Memorial donations may be made to either Singleton United Methodist Church or to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.