Stephen Gray Lilley
Stephen Gray Lilley, 57, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 21, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Stephen fought the effects of a stroke and was later diagnosed with Locked-In Syndrome. He was born in Newport News on November 28, 1954 to the late John D. and Myrtle I. Lilley.
Stephen worked for The Daily Press for 35 years until his illness required him to retire. In addition he worked for the SPCA and provided security and maintenance at Torrey Pines Trailer Park. He was a friend to many and was always willing to set aside his own needs to help others with theirs. One of Stephen’s greatest joys was to host barbecues at his home; spending all night sometimes just sitting around laughing and talking with friends and family. He was known to pull a prank or two.
Those left to cherish his memories are his son, Teddy F. Lilley and his daughter, Ashley N. Lilley, both of Newport News; three brothers, his twin brother, Stanley R. Lilley (Shawn) of Hampton, Teddy F. Lilley of Newport News, and Benjamin R. Lilley (Anna) of Grafton; six grandchildren, Cody Dodson, Teddy Lilley, Jr., Kamren Lilley, Hector Moczo, Achillios Moczo, and Thanos Moczo; numerous nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Tina L. Lilley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dewey E. Lilley. The family sincerely appreciates the comfort and care that Stephen’s sisters-in-law, Gail Beale and Anna Lilley and Aunt Catherine Millwood provided during his time of need. Stephen will be missed by all who knew him; especially those who knew him as Father and Grandfather.
The family will receive friends on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the funeral home from 7 to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held in W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM with Chaplain John Seltzer officiating. Burial will follow in the Peninsula Memorial Park.
Please leave condolences at www.wjsmithandsonfh.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Institute of Neurological Disorders, PO Box 5801, Bethesda, Maryland, 20824.
Arrangements by W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.