Thomas D. Lillard, 73, of Newport passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House of Newport.
"He was a highly recognized and loved nationwide salesman and loved fishing, boating and cooking. He loved Jesus and was a great "Fisher of Men" leading many of them to a Christ-filled life of sobriety one day at a time!
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 Saturday, February 2, 2019 at One Harbor Church, 1605 Fisher St., Morehead City with Pastor Bryan Hart officiating.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter, Beth Cooper and husband Jerry, granddaughter, Laura Cooper ; daughter Cindy Fields and husband Tony all of Newport; sister Linda Teitelbaum of Meherrin, VA; and numerous cherished nieces and nephews; Guardian Angel Children Josh & Rebekah Buchanan.
His two best fishing buddies Mark Suber and Brian King and his two beloved dogs Laverne and Shirley.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: 501c3 Camp Happy Kids of
Carteret County, Inc., PO Box 262, Morehead City, NC 28557
Electronic condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at, www.noefs.org
Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.