John Raymond Lillard

January 3, 1945June 25, 2020
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Johnny was born January 3, 1945 and got his wings June 25, 2020.

He attended St. Joseph's, Baytown Junior High, and graduated with the class 1963 from Robert E. Lee High School. After attending Lee College, he worked in the industrial valve business and eventually opened his own industrial valve business, Pelly Industrial Enterprises.

Johnny is well known for giving his giving spirit and for his desire to put a smile on everyone's face.

Johnny is predeceased by his late son, Chad Lillard, an infant brother, and his parents Thelma and Gerry Lillard.

He is survived by his junior high school sweetheart, wife, Claire; his son, Chase wife Amy, and their two beautiful daughters, Morghan and Grace. Also survived by Chad's wife, Ashley, and grandchildren, Colton, Cash and Rainey.

Due to restrictions because of Covid-19, a private funeral service will be held for immediate family at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Services will be Live Streamed on The Forest Park Lawndale Facebook Page at 2:00pm, on Thursday, July 2nd.


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Libby Comeaux

July 11, 2020

Dear Claire, I’m so sorry for your loss. Johnny had a generous spirit and the two of you shared your lives and love. That’s something wonderful to rest in during this difficult time. My memories of Johnny center way back to childhood, and I regret missing you and him in the crowd at our 55th reunion. Blessings and peace always, Libby

Douglas Kenny

July 5, 2020

They say: "Rest in Peace", but I doubt you will...and Heaven will be better for it!

We will all miss Johnny...

Chris (Comeaux) Owen

July 4, 2020

I met Johnny Lillard when I was 2 years old. That is when I became friends with his devoted sister Barbara Ann! Their parents, Thelma and Gerry, were good friends with my parents. Ann and I have remained the dearest of friends for the past 68+ years. Johnny and Ann remained close through all of life's ups and downs, supporting each other and showing that care. Johnny always knew it was Ann calling when his phone rang the tune he assigned to Ann..."Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys. He kept his sense of humor, his love of Ann's desserts she would bring him, and his strong will to "keep on keeping on". Ann shared this piture that was taken on a recent visit with Johnny with her children Kristin and Kenneth, Johnny's niece and nephew. Johnny's family and friends loved him very much and he will be missed. Rest in Peace, Johnny!

John Peddie

July 3, 2020

Just read my post from yesterday and That’s what happens when you write a message without your cheaters. So sorry.

We lost a rare gem in John Lillard. He will be sorely missed by me and all that knew him. It’s been a tough year for the Lillard clan and h u gs go to Claire, Chase, Ashley and all the kids. Love to all, John Peddie

Jihn Peddie

July 2, 2020

John and Chad were great to work with during my tenure at Pelly. John was always a good to me and I will never forget that. We have a a great man and am deeply saddened He’s in Gods hands and happy. Love to all. John Peddie

Sharon Scarborough

July 2, 2020

Clair, Johnny and you made each other so happy. I witnessed your love by sharing at the table at our 55th class reunion. Thanks for the memory.
-Sharon Scarborough

Jim Webb

July 2, 2020


Johnny was a year older than me but we had some great times in Baytown. Johnny, Gary McFatridge and I loved our cars and enjoyed racing. I remember when he was sporting his new GTO. We had a ball and that muscle car was fast.

I am so glad you guys came to Houston and broke bread together with Betty and me. I wish we had had the opportunity to get to know you better. Johnny was a great guy and I know you will miss him dearly. We wish you the best and that you will be comforted by friends, family and the fond memories you and Johnny shared together.

Malissa Currie

July 2, 2020

To Claire and family,
Prayers to you guys. I am so glad I was able to be apart of your family as Johnnys caregiver for a short time. He always made me laugh. My thoughts are with you as you lay him to rest today.

Scott Greenlee

July 1, 2020

I will miss John. I have known him for pretty much my entire life. He and my dad, Billy, were good buddies and I was lucky enough to get to hunt with them and an entourage of good friends from about age 5 to the present. I can still remember riding in a single cab pickup, sleeping across the laps of the adults, from Houston to Del Rio. At age 7, John gave me a Winchester 30-30 that I still have to this day. Me, my dad, John, Chad and Chase have continued to hunt together throughout Texas and Mexico for the past 40 years. It’s hard to believe these larger than life characters are gone now. The hunting trips will never be the same, but I hope to continue the traditions they instilled and keep the good memories going. Rest in Peace and lookout for Billy on the other side.

Ginger & Jimmie Stripling

June 30, 2020

Jimmie and I want to say that our hearts ache with sorrow for you, Claire, and Johnny’s son and all his sweet family. The measure of a man is how well he is loved and how well he loves. The precious family photos show how much that was true for Johnny. All that knew him can attest to that. He lived and loved large, and will be so missed in everyone’s hearts.