Debra Charlette Cherry Lilley

Published 5:44 pm Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mrs. Debra Charlette Cherry Lilley, age 59, a resident of Chocowinity, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Snowd Branch Church of God. Pastor Randy Wallace will officiate. Burial will follow at Snowd Branch Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include Kelvin Harding, Walter Alligood, Charles Roman, Mack Beddard, Benny Mizzell and John Davis Jr.

Mrs. Lilley was born in Beaufort County on July 9, 1960, to the late Charles Leon Cherry and Margaret Gold Cherry. On March 4, 1995, she married Howard Lee Lilley. She was a former member of Snowd Branch Church of God and currently a member of 15th Street Church of God, where she taught children’s Sunday School and sang on the praise and worship team. Mrs. Lilley enjoyed flowers, crafting and painting.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Lilley, of the home; two sons, Gary Woolard and wife Rebecca, of Boone, Christopher Woolard and wife Carli, of Vanceboro; four grandchildren, Blakely Woolard, Macyn Woolard, Tyton Woolard, Virginia Gold Woolard; a sister, Margaret Ann Beddard and husband Roland “Mack;” and her chihuahua, Chloe.

She is preceded in death by her two sisters, Brenda Taylor and Janet Sherrod.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Snowd Branch Church of God and other times at their home.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center, 1209 Brown St., Washington, NC 27889 or to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4594, New York, NY 10163-4594.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Lilley family.