John Michael Lilly “Johnny”

1963 - 2022

John Michael Lilly “Johnny” a life-long resident of Winston-Salem passed away on May 12th, 2022, peacefully at Forsyth Medical Center at the age of 58. Johnny is preceded in death by his amazing mother Mary Susan Farrington “Sue” and Rebecca Lilly (Matthew’s mother). Left to cherish his memories are his lovely sister Mary Beth Lilly, amazing and talented son’s Matthew Lilly, Nathan Lilly, and Jacob Lilly, and his beautiful granddaughter Briar Lilly, Stepfather Ken Farrington, step siblings Joseph and Ann, and a large extended very loving family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, along with numerous friends. Also surviving are the remarkable women who loved and shaped his life. An incredibly special lady Lequita Smith his love and partner for 15 years. She nourished, loved, supported, and stood alongside Johnny before and during his illness. Lisa Faircloth (Nathan’s mother) Katie KK Katz, (Jacob’s mother). These amazing women cared for and loved him throughout his entire lifetime. We praise each one of them for playing the role they did in his life. Johnny graduated from RJ Reynolds High School in 1981. Shortly thereafter he went to work in the steel industry and worked for Waco Steel Company as a rodbuster for more than 20 years and remained in the steel industry until his illness. He was a very dedicated and hard-working man. Johnny will be missed, forever in our hearts and forever loved by every life he touched. A celebration of life will be held July 9, 2022, 2:00 till 4:00 @ Love’s Methodist Church 3020 Main St. Walkertown, NC 27051.


5 tributes for

  1. Bull

    R. I. P. Old friend we’ll turn and burn again someday on that big job in the sky

  2. Amanda Fulk

    You were my uncle Jr’s best friend when I was a child. When I think of the memories the two of you were always together. I know without a shadow of doubt, you have been reunited. 🤍 Rest peacefully.

  3. Sherman Pierce

    Johnny and I were best Buds from 14 Years old till mid-20’s. We were Club buddies back in “The Day” and when there was conflict we had each others back. We were each other’s Best Man at our Weddings. The comradery we had is something you can’t put a dollar value to, it was a priceless time in my life. Johnny will always be a part of my life I would live again if it were possible. A TRUE friend!

  4. Benita Hauser

    Some of the best times of my life was with this fella right here. John and Lisa, me and Beaver & Michelle and Jimmy were all neighbors. We had some of the best conversations around the fire barrel in their backyard. John was a good ol’ boy and never claimed to be anything he wasn’t. John may be gone but he’ll never be forgotten. Watch over us all, especially your boys. Love you my friend.

  5. Lisa Faircloth

    I will forever love you and you will always be in my heart. Our son Nathan and granbaby are here to keep your Name alive. We have went through alot together but always got through them with forgiveness. Lequita, me and Kay were your Johnny’s angels here on earth. Now it is your turn to be ours. Missing you every day.


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