Charles Lilly

Born in Somerville, ME on July 14, 1961

Departed on May 21, 2006 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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LILLY, Charles., of Hendersonville passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2006, at the age of 44. He started his music career with Everett Lilly and Clear Creek Crossin. He played for Joe Diffie and on the Grand Ole Opry for 11 years. Current member of the Billy Walker band named the Tennessee Walkers and played for numerous other opry stars including the legendary Johnny Russell. Currently a member of a trio named Lee, Weeler and the other guy, with Dicky Lee and Freddie Weeler. He also had his own band that played locally that he called "Formally With". Charles owned his own construction company, SLI, and worked closely with CGM Electric. Preceded in death by his brothers Jiles Lilly and Tennis Lilly. He is survived by his wife Karen Lilly, son's Charles A. Lilly, Aaron Lilly and Richard Bailey who was like a son, parents Everett and Jo Ann Lilly, brothers Everett Alan Lilly Karen, Daniel Lilly Sylvia and Mark Lilly Donna, sisters Diana Tomah Dennis, Laverne O'loughlin and Karen Pierangenlo. Visitation will be from 2pm til 4pm and 6pm til 8pm, Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11am Friday, May 26, at Hendersonville First Baptist Church with Brother Glenn Weekly officiating. Pallbearers: Charles A. Lilly, Aaron Lilly, Richard Bailey, Everett A. Lilly, Mark Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Stover and Chris Stover. Honorary pallbearers: John Russell, Kevin Schofield, Clay Rigdon, Tony Devasher, Bill Wolfenberger "Captain Sunshine", Jacob Barker, Dominic Langone and Garrett Gregory. Entombment will be in Hendersonville Memory Gardens Chapel of Memories Mausoleum.

69 Comments to Charles Lilly

  1. Rev. Michael D. Mike Ward says:

    Dear Karen and family,
    I feel that I have lost a brother. Charlie was not only a dear friend; he was someone whom I could always count on and we shared many wonderful times “pickin and grinnin” during the time I lived in the Beckley area. I have lost count of the many guitars, instruments, and amplifiers I worked on or sold for him during the times I operated my “Guitar Doctor” business in Daniels. The years and the miles have a way of rushing by us, but I am so thankful for the good friend I had in Charlie and I do have many fond memories. I will always miss him but I will never forget him or the wonderful Lilly family he introduced me to who always made me feel welcome and at home!
    I am praying that God give you the strength and comfort of the Holy Spirit to lift you up in this time of sadness and loss. As I a Minister of Christ now, let me share that I was overjoyed to hear of Charlie’s conversion and Baptism several years ago. It brings me peace and I pray that it will do the same for you. I have no doubt that he is at home playing in God’s band now!
    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or the family! Do not hesitate to ask; it would be my pleasure!
    I am not sure whether or not I will be able to attend the services in person, but I will be there in spirit and prayer!
    In Christ’s Precious Love,
    Mike Ward

  2. Terri Lee Runion Evick says:

    Karen & Family,

    I wish so much that I could be there with you as you go through this trying time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am with you in spirit. Charles was such a special person and we shared so many memories in school. He will be missed. I love you and pray you find comfort and healing in these difficult days ahead.

    Terri Lee

  3. dave roe says:

    charlie was my friend, and i am so proud to say so. we worked together on a few projects, and i never saw him do anything but uplift everyone around him. i will miss him dearly.
    dave roe

  4. TonyaPainterBEverly says:

    To Karen and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Charles was a wonderful man and a talented musician and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tonya, Lewis, Kirsten and Kayla Beverly

  5. Sue Moore says:

    Charlie was a delightful man and will be greatly missed by all that called him their friend. I met him while he was playing with Joe Diffie. Always a true gentleman.
    Sending you a hug as I cannot be there in person.

  6. Dawson Williams Family says:

    We are all so sorry for your loss. Charles will be greatly missed. On behalf of all my brothers and sisters, my children who went to school with Charles I offer our deepest and as a mother who also lost a son in a car accident my most sincere sympathy for your loss. Vera Williams Glass

  7. Sue Helton says:

    You all are in my prayers….

  8. Randall and Kathy Fraley Reid says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Charles and Mark played at our wedding, July 4, 1976. Even then, we thought he and his brother were going to make the big time.I am always proud to tell people that I live in Clear Creek, home of the talented musical Lilly family. God bless you and your family.
    Kathy and Randy Reid

  9. Aubrey & Donna Sockabasin says:

    Karen & Family, we were heartbroken to hear of your loss, we had the pleasure of meeting charles during his visits to Maine. He was a joy to be around and we loved to listen to his music. Aubrey was very fond of Charles and Billy, they made his visit to Nashville very special and left him with a life time of memories, he talks of his visit with all of you often. You and your family are in our prayers and May God keep you strong. Aubrey & Donna Sockabasin & family

  10. p.j. glass says:

    my prayers are with you all charles was a fine young man and will be missed by everyone that knew him god bless. paul glass

  11. R.E.M.K. says:

    Great sympathy to family and friends… a grand musical is going on up in the heavens at this time.. hold onto the memories love them embrace them.

  12. Bill McMillian says:

    Dear Karen
    I have never met Charles but I heard him 2 times on the Midnight Jamboree last year with Billy and the Band, I met his Father Evrett back in the 60’s when I lived in Boston,Ma The Lilly brothers played at the Hillbilly Ranch for many years and were really great.
    My Prayers are with you and your Family and May God bless all of you.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Dear Karen and Everett,

    We just wanted to let you know how very sorry we were to hear about Charlie.Everyone here in Beckley is in shock.Will is planning on doing a tribute to Charlie one day this week on WTNJ and have a few local musicians that knew Charlie and that had played with him come him.Again,we are very sorry for your loss.

    Tracey and Will Shumate

  14. Rita Billman says:

    All of us devoted Joe Diffie fans always looked forward to seeing Charlie. Charlie was a very special person to us….he always had a smile, enjoyed talking to us and made us feel as a part of the group. I remember Charlie telling me about his instrument collection and how excited he got when talked about it. He loved his music and I am very thankful to have the opportunity share that with him. I pray for Charlie’s family and share the sorrow that’s in their hearts.

  15. James R. & Alisha Long says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers

  16. Sandi and Wayne Alls says:

    We are saddened to hear about the passing of Charles Lilly. We often spoke of him for the excellent job he did on completing the remodeling of our kitchen in Nashville. He certainly was a true gentleman. He always took his boots off before entering our home and he truly showed respect for our properties. Please know we have his family in our thoughts and prayers.

    We wish we could be there for you. You have our deepest sympathy and please know our arms are around you in love.

    Sandi and Wayne Alls
    1214 Walden Pond Dr.
    Lake Wales, FL 33898



  18. Gary, Sandy RBW, & Aaron Brown says:

    All of us have people that cross our paths in one way or another in our lifetime, and Charles has crossed the paths of many, many people in a very special way to each of us. He was truly one of a kind!

    He made a tremendous impact on the life of our family that will never by duplicated. Our friendship started with a simple picture and grew into relationship that we will never forget! I will always cherish the Washburn bass guitar that I now have that once was his, and think of him everytime I pull it out of its case to play.

    I know he is now playing and singing he once told us he could “Sing the Yellow Pages” in God’s band, where there are only perfect notes. I never got to play with Charlie here on this earth, but someday I will play in the same band with him. I betcha he is already making his fellow band members laugh.

    God bless you Karen, Andrew, Aaron, Richard and all his family in Beckley. We have all suffered a great loss.

  19. Emma Gent says:

    Charlie came to our house with his family to record and then to Doug’s studio later. My daughter Shelley and I always enjoyed it when the Lillys came to record.
    Doug Gent loved Charlie and his family very much and I would like to extend our love to Karen and her sons at this sad time. As she knows musicians are of a breed of there own and will be playing to a higher power now.
    May God bless you and yours and know you will be in our prayers.
    Emma Gent and Shelley Higgins

  20. Debbie Saunders & Bobby Thompson says:

    Karen, Aaron, Andrew, Everett, JoAnn, Lana, Glen, Mark, Chris & other family members;
    I am not able to convey what I am feeling. I’ve only known the family for 5 years but you all took me in as a member of the family immediately and made me feel right at home. I fondly remember sitting at the kitchen table in the early morning hours at Lana’s, drinking a cup of coffee with Charles, just chatting about this & that. I was always in awe of the love between he & Karen. They both would glow from within when around each other or when speaking of the other. I doubt I will ever meet a closer family.

    I found a poem I would like to share I thought sums up this solemn day:

    Feel no guilt in laughter, he knows how much you care
    Feel no sorrow in a smile that he’s not here to share
    You can not grieve forever, he wouldn’t want you to
    He’d hope that you can carry on, the way you always do
    So talk about the good times, and the ways you showed you cared
    The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared
    Let memories surround you.

    A word someone May say
    Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day
    That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here
    And fills you with the feelings that he is always near
    For if you keep these moments, you will never be apart
    And he will live forever locked safe within your heart.

  21. Nonearl and Jessica Stover says:

    We are very sorry for your loss we loved him alot also. We hope to see you some time. love you guys Jo and Jessie.

  22. Jeanene Stover Green says:

    Dear Uncle Everett and JoAnn,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and the family and our prayers go with you.
    Love Jeanene and family

  23. Gary and Ina Williams says:

    Charles will be greatly missed. He is especially remembered by me as a special team mate on the CFHS basketball/football team. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  24. Calvin Spence says:

    I met Charles when he came to do demo work at my studio. I always enjoyed his wit and talent, a true friend. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. May God bless and keep you.

  25. Helen Wright Hudson says:

    When I think of my school days and special friends I always think of Charlesor as I called him Philly Lillyand over the years I have often thought of him and have been proud of him for his accomplishments. He always made me smile and when I think of him in the future I will still smile. Good bye old friend. I will always remember you.

  26. Ann Ramsey says:

    May God be with all the family thru their grief and sorrow,Charlie was a great person I knew him for but a brief time,I know that he has left a legacy of wonderful memories for all that knew him thru his life and his music.May God be with each and everyone.Ann Ramsey

  27. Steve Cummings says:

    Of course no words can truly describe the pain so many feel at the loss of a true gentleman like Charley. I felt a deep void inside when I got the news. I had the great opportunity to play with him on many gigs, as well as work with him doing some roofing when times were slow in music, and we always laughed and enjoyed the time no matter what we were doing. There are so few with the uplifting nature that he had, as I know he always brightened my day when we talked. I hope that God holds Karen and the boys in His infinite loving arms and brings them some peace in the coming days, months, and years.

  28. Donnie Delozier says: so sorry for your loss.I toured with Charlie while he was with Johnny Russell I played bass for Johnny Paycheck.I remember one time he let me use his Washburn 5 string to do our show at the Little nashville opry as mine was in the shop. That’s the way Charly was, he would give you the shirt off his back for you. Thanks again. God Bless

  29. Carter , Brenda & Cody Stover says:

    We have Lot of memories of Charles & all his family, most of all being the nicest people you could meet & always making you feel welcomed & always making us laugh. We are so Sorry. You all are in our thoughts & prayers.We will always be here for you. May our Lord Jesus be with you all & comfort you. We Love You, Carter, Brenda & Cody Stover

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  31. Marty & Janet Chambers says:

    Our condolences-

  32. Chrisitta Williams Musser says:

    With our deepest sympathy on your sudden loss. Charles will be remembered by our family as a kind and caring person. God bless you and your loved ones during this time of sorrow.
    From all of our families in memory of Dawson & Gertie Williams, Artie WV

  33. Joyce Hodge & Family says:

    So Sorry. Thou we can’t be there, Our heart & prayers are. Your Friends,
    The Hogde Family

  34. kathy adkins formally kathy curry says:

    I want to send my most sincere condolances to your family. I use to be married to Kevin Curry & once visited your home, and remember the niceness that was shown to us then. I really hated to hear of your loss.

  35. Dwayne Lemster says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  37. Cindy Lane & True Country, Massachusettes says:

    Iam so sorry to hear about CHarles. I remember meeting the Talented Family on Wednesday Night Talent Night open Mike at the Blue Star in Saugus Massachuettes with John Penny when the Band came upin this area . I was one of the Upcoming Talents AND Charles and the Family was so nice to me to say keep singing . I have my own band and Meet My Husband through Country Music.I Thank people like Charles and your Family Influienced me to play.
    Iam so sorry to hear about Charles
    I am only a few Years older then Him.
    Cindy Lane ADams

  38. DEBBIE STOVER says:

    I would like to say that I ,m very sorry for your loss. My sister and I are related to your father-in-law, Everett Lilly. My deepest regret for you and your family, please know that we are thinking of you.

  39. Rick Alleman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time. I pray that God will give you strenght to get through this difficult time. God Bless you and your family.

  40. Amanda Pack says:

    I have know Charles since i was a little girl and have always looked up to him for his accomplishments. Last time i saw him was the Lilly reunion last year. I would like to say to Karen and the boys I am sorry for their loss. My motherjoyce robinson and fatherricky pack also are terribly mourned by the loss. If there is anything the family might need they know how to reach us.

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  42. Milton Williams says:

    Charles and Mark are a great memory in my life. I was in their first bands along Clear Creek, W. Va… I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with Charles over the years but I will miss him dearly. May god bless charles and all the family members in these difficult times!!!

  43. Curtis and Debby Stover says:

    We will never forget you Charles. We know that you are in heaven making music.Karen our thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys.

  44. Lisa Dunbar Stone says:

    My whole family is heartbroken especially Daddy and Mommy. Charles was an amazing person, always had a smile… Thank you for all my memories at Flat Top. You and Charles were so good to me. Keep your faith in God ,He is always there for you even at your lowest . We Love you, Jackie, Barbara and Lisa

  45. judy sisco says:

    to the family of charles
    my heart go’s out to all of you at this duffiut time . just remember his smile & his laugh . cling to the happy times.
    the day’s will get better in time , but alway’s remember how happy he was doing what he loved to do.
    god bless all of you
    a fan
    judy sisco

  46. Paul Lilly says:

    Recently I began to realize just how quickly the years go by once adulthood is reached. Though I’m still young, a handful of relatives on both my mother’s and father’s side that I grew up knowing and spending holidays with have passed away, and each one has been difficult. Perhaps, in a way they become more expected as time goes on, but never easier.

    The passing of my Uncle Charles, however, has been particularly hard to accept. Not only because he was far too young, but for what he has meant to me. Throughout my grade school years, I would spend my summer vacations in West Virginia, some of which I stayed with Charles, the others with my Uncle Daniel. It’s been just over 10 years since the last time I spent a summer with either one of them, but even today, those memories remain some of my most cherished.

    I owe much of my sense of humor in life to Charles. Whether I was ‘helping’ him lose control of a brand new boat as it slid down his sloping yard across the paved road and into the woods, or taking miscues and punching the gas in his car when he yelled ‘WHOA’ because I thought he said ‘GO!’ when trying to wedge it on a trailer, he would keep a good humor and laugh at such incidents where many would have simply lost their cool. Even when getting caught with my cousin Enoch after having tried smoking on his bus, the subsequent lecture was serious, but not demeaning.

    Charles never knew it because I never told him, nor anyone else for that matter, but I’ve thought of him in various situations and tried to live up to his character traits. He was just a genuinely good, hard working person all around. I’ve known very few people with the kind of presence he had, the ability to charm a group of people regardless of their background with an infectious good natured spirit.

    To Charles: I love you. I regret letting time slip away like it has without visits or phone calls, none harder than last December when a music job brought you to Michigan and I was unable to be there. Thank you for the memories, the laughs, and the continuing influence. You are and will continue to be missed greatly. May you rest in peace Charles.

    To Karen, Andrew, and Aaron: I can’t imagine how difficult this is on you all. Your husband/father was a great person. My deepest sympathies for your loss, and my prayers that you find the strength to get through this. I love you all too…

  47. Glen Webb says:

    I know Evert and Joann and I am very sorry for your lose.

  48. Thomas Heathwood says:

    With deepest sympathy to the family.

  49. Matt and Christy Jones says:

    Karen, Andrew, and Aaron,
    I just wanted to tell you guys how much we love you and are always there for you. The service was beautiful and ya’ll looked great after these fews years. Andrew, I’m so very proud of you and the man you have become. Please do not hesitate to call us if you ever need anything.

  50. Rick and Joyce Rollins says:

    Dear Karen,Andrew,Aaron.and the Lilly Family.
    This is a very sad time for all,Charlie and the entire family are like family to us,I think back on our visit last year.and getting to see him perform with Mr Billy Walker at the Opry.It was indeed a wonderful performance.Then coming by the house later to visit and have a piece of chocolate pie,it was night that we both will never forget.We both know that Charlie is making beautiful music in heaven as always.Charlie,my’re the greatest.We all love you very much and very sorry that we cannot be with you to celebrate Charlie’s life.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.May God bless.
    Love to all.
    Rick,Joyce,RickyII,Lexi,Jake,Stacey,Michael,Haley,Emilyour forthcoming new grandaughter.and the Bittercreek Band.

  51. Wilma Taylor Allman says:

    I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Charles Lilly. Mr Lilly was married to my cousin, Lana Stover’s daughter. Tho I never met him personally I know his memory will leave an indelible scar on those who knew & loved him.

  52. Joni Mason chuck Zambello says:

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Charles’ family. Also to his dad Everett who I sang with at the Plaza Bar in Boston My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  53. Dan Burdette says:

    Everette,Hedge Hog, and Mark,

    it is a sad day for all of us here on earth, oh but what a joyous day in heaven it is.This world was a far better place because Charles was here and i know that God must have really needed some help in Heaven. I am looking forward to seeing Charles in Heaven greeting me with a tall cup of lemonade and a straw that taste like mustard and his big smile and laughter. Jesus says bless it are they who mourn for they shall be comforted. May God bless everyone.


  54. Blanch, Theresa and Ronald Schoolcraft says:

    Karen and family and Everett and jo Ann
    We was so shocked to hear about Charles
    we always thought alot of Everett Lilly and his family. My dad {Denvil} always loved to hear them play and sing. we are so sadden by it, Our hearts and prayers are with all of you at this time of lose.

  55. Evelyn says:

    To the Lilly Family & Friends,

    Reading Charlie’s tributes, I rejoice in knowing that Charlie was baptized into Christ. Although Charlie has departed this life, he remains alive to Christ in the realm we call the “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”.

    May the Holy Spirit comfort, guide, strengthen, sustain, heal, and anoint your hearts with the balm of His everlasting peace.

    Comfort one another with this truth: “For He is not the God of the dead, but of the living…” Luke 20:38

    In Christian love and heartfelt sympathy,

  56. Bruce W. Lilly says:

    My son, Charles R. Lilly, is a musician also trombone. Because of distance, we regret never getting to know our cousin. But I feel a kinship and a loss. Our prayers go to you in tender sympathy.

  57. Colene Walters says:

    I am saddened for what happened. and my heart and prayers go out to charlie’s family. I was in Johnny Russell’s band with charlie. he was a great man. and he loved his wife Quennie and those boys were his life.
    when I was having a hard time, Charlie helped me move. I did not even have to ask. he asked what he could do for me.he worked so hard carrying my heavy furniture, but he still had that silly but beautiful smile on his face.I will miss him. several years ago when we were at the Opry I took a Picture of Charlie and Garth Brooks. He always wanted that picture. Just a week before the crash I found the Pic and said I was going to give it to charlie next week when I go to Nashville.
    I have the Picture if someone In the Family would like to have it. please call me @712-944-5994. Karen Quennie
    My Prayers are with you and The boys.
    Tears are falling from my eyes as I am writing this. for work stopped me from going to Nashville for the funeral.
    all of my Love
    Colene Walters

  58. Lyda Farley Hudson says:

    Karen. so sorry to hear about Charles. He was the best. I am the sister of Virginia Taylor, Clinton’s wife.

  59. Lt. Gov. Joseph Socobasin says:

    Karen, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and your boys. No words can describe the pain many feel at the loss of a gentleman like charles. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in such a sad and difficult time.

  60. Sharon Norris Covert says:

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and your boys. Charles was a great man that didn’t know a stranger. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in such a sad and difficult time.
    Sharon and family

  61. Larry Keiffer says:

    I’m sorry I did not find out about Charles’ passing until now. I would have tried to make the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the Boys and Everett and Joann.

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