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George H. (Joe) Lillis (1952-2017), husband of Susan Long Lillis

On Sunday, 26 Nov 2017, Susan Long Lillis wrote, "For three years in a row now I've have to say goodbye. This morning around 2 a.m. my husband and best friend, Joe Lillis decided it was time to go check for code violations in heaven. Our life together of 8 years couldn't have been more complete. Even though he had promised me twenty he said he was tired and probably wasn't going to be able to keep that promise. I told him I understood and would love him forever. I know he is not suffering anymore and is at peace but it is so hard to say goodbye. I'll miss you Joe and love you always."--Susan Long Lillis
(Susan and her sister Cindi Alexander lost their mother Pat Hare in 2015, and their sister Cathy Akin last year.)

George H. "Joe" Lillis, 65, of Richmond, KY, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the UK Hospital in Lexington, KY.

Funeral service for Joe will be conducted at 5pmCT/6pmET Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, 1110 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, KY, with his brother, Rev. John Lillis, and Rev. Joe Wood officiating. Visitation will be from 3pmCT/4pmET until service time at the funeral home. There will be no graveside service as Joe had requested to be cremated.

Honorary pallbearers will be the City of Richmond Codes Department.

George H. (Joe) Lillis (1952-2017), husband of Susan Long Lillis

He was born August 20, 1952, in Richmond, Madison KY. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Salchli Lillis, both of whom preceded him in death. He died Sunday, November 26, 2017, in Lexington, Fayette County, KY, at the age of 65 years, three months, and six days.

Joe retired as Codes Director from the City of Richmond, KY, where he was often referred to as "The Terminator."

He had a talent for drawing and designing house plans which have been used throughout the area. Joe owned and operated Double L Construction for 32 years, as he built many homes and businesses throughout Madison County, as well as, JL Designs, as it was a passion he loved, making hand crafted pens and pencils and several other items out of wood. Joe served in the National Guard from 1971-1975 and was of the Baptist faith.

Joe is survived by his wife, Susan Long Lillis, Richmond, KY, and the following:
  • His daughter: Carrie (John) Devin, Richmond, KY

  • Two step-daughters: Lindsey and Kalee Roberts, Richmond, KY

  • Two grandchildren: Raven and Chase Mullins, Richmond, KY

  • His brother: John (Gail) Lillis of Indiana

  • A special niece: Kate Osman of Lexington, KY

  • A niece and nephews: Larissa, Tim, and Chris Lillis of Michigan

  • And his dog: Sami
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lynn Lillis.

Send condolences to the family of George "Joe" Lillis

In lieu of flowers, Joe requested donations to the American Heart Association, 354 Waller Ave #110, Lexington, KY 40504, or the Humane Society, A.L.L., P O Box 2094, Richmond, KY 40476.

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Missing her husband and best friend Joe Lillis

2017-11-28 - Photo from family collection.
Susan Long Lillis lost her "husband and best friend, Joe Lillis" last Sunday. She wrote that "...he'd decided it was time to go check for code violations in heaven." He was retired as Codes Director from the City of Richmond, where he was often referred to as "The Terminator". He owned and operated Double L Construction for 32 years, and built many homes and businesses throughout Madison County.

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