Rosetta Catherine Lillard

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“You only have one mother, Patient, kind, and true, No other friend in all the world Will be the...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lillard - MD

“Mother Lillard, I am keeping your famous sweet potatoes pie legacy going. Preacher.......I got it down pack now. You trained me well. Happy...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Pastor Gregory E. Yancey & Cheryl Yancey - VA

“Happy Birthday, Mother! On this 86th anniversary of your birth, I fondly remember all the wonderful times we shared! The memory of your smiling face,...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Kenneth Lillard - MD - Son

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lillard “In loving memory of my Dear Mother, Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard on this Mother's Day 2013. Mother, you live on, both in heaven, and in my...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Kenneth Lillard - Ft. Washington, MD

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lillard “Dear Mom, As another year passes, I continue to cherish and honor your wonderful memory. You were my mentor, role model, and a Mighty Woman of God!...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Kenneth Lillard - Ft. Washington, MD

2013 Prayer Lunceon for your Spiritual Son in the Gospel “Mother Lillard......I miss you. As this season approaches, I pause and reflect on all the good times we shared...moments that can never be taken...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Yancey - Portsmouth, VA

“The Third Rosetta C. Lillard Memorial Luncheon was held on Monday, July 30, 2012 at Roger Brown's Restaurant, 316 High Street, Portsmouth, VA. The...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard - VA

“Hello mother; just thinking of you. Thank you for visiting with me in my dream last night what a great time we had!!!!!! Love Ya ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl - Portsmouth, VA

“Mother Lillard how I wish you were here. I am having one of those moments where I will pick up the phone and called you and you always had a...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Chery Yancey - Portsmouth, VA

“Pastor Yancey will be celebrating his 7th Pastoral Anniversary next week, Jan 15th - 22nd. A day you spoke into existence years ago. Thank God you...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Pastor Yancey & 1st Lady

“Another year starts without you. It's us again Mother, your son and daughter, Greg & Cheryl. Ooooo how we miss you. When I come to this site and...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Pastor Yancey $ 1st Lady - VA

“Dear Mother, Remembering you with love on the 84th anniversary of your birthday! Your dear memory lives on in my heart! Mom, you continue to...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard

Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard “On this Mother's Day 2011, I honor the loving memory of my dear mother, Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard (1927-2009), A Mighty Woman of God. ...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard

“Happy Thanksgiving Mother Lillard......What a Thanksgiving Worship Experience going on right now up in Glory!!!!!...The worse part about this...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Rec. Gregory & Cheryl Yancey

“Grandma, Its been 1 year since your untimely death, I miss you dearly. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think of you. I visited your...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Sharon Harris - Granddaughter

“Happy Birthday Mother Lillard. No I didn't forget!!! I know heaven is rejoicing to have such a beautiful woman of God celebrating a birthday up in...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Pastor Gregory E. Yancey, Sr. & 1st Lady Cheryl Yancey

“Mother Lillard, Happy Mother's Day!!! You are gone but not forgotten. What a Spiritual Mother you were to Greg & I. O' we will never forget....Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Gregory Yancey & !st Lady Cheryl Yancey

“In Remembrance of Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard "UNFORGETTABLE" ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard

Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard & Rev. Dr. Rosetta C. Lillard “Happy Mothers Day! Love Always, Ken ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard

“Happy Mother's Day Rev. Dr. Rosetta C. Lillard Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard - MD

“Happy Valentine's Day Mother Lillard. You are love and missed. I think about you every day and visualize or moments together. A memory I will never...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Yancey

“December 9, 2009 Mother Lillard, as I look at your beautiful smiling face, tears begin to run down my eyes. When I pass by your house now, that you...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Pastor Gregory E. Yancey & First Lady Cheryl Yancey - VA

“Grandma, You are sorely missed. I will always hold memories of you true and dear in my are smiling down on us from heaven and your legacy...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Sharon Harris

“Dear Mother, Your wonderful, godly memory will always shine brightly in my heart. Love Always, Ken ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Lillard

Rosetta C. Lillard PORTSMOUTH - Evangelist Dr. Rosetta C. Lillard of the 800
block of Tazewell St., answered the Master's call Aug. 7, 2009, at the Naval
Medical Center, Portsmouth. She was born and raised in the historic Truxton
section of Portsmouth, and was the daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Georgia
Edwards Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Horace R.
Lillard Jr. (retired Navy veteran). Dr. Lillard was educated in the Portsmouth
public school system and was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School. She
subsequently attended Norfolk State College where she studied business
administration. She earned the Doctor of Humanities in Ministry degree from
Emmanuel Bible University. Dr. Lillard was also awarded the Doctor of Divinity
degree from CAP Bible College and Seminary for a lifetime of extraordinary
Christian achievement and service. She loved the Lord, and was a faithful member
of the Garden of Prayer Worship Center, Church of God in Christ. She served in
many capacities including Prayer and Bible Band Teacher, member of the Altar
Workers Board, and served in many outreach ministries. She was a virtuous and
godly woman who served as a shining example of Christian womanhood. Her generous
nature, kindness and lovely smile was a blessing to the entire congregation. A
remarkable communicator, Evangelist Dr. Rosetta Lillard was the well-known
announcer of the weekly Prayer Partners Radio Ministry broadcast on radio
station WGPL. One of the founding members, she also served as vice president and
secretary of the Prayer Partners Radio Ministry. She was a lover of beauty which
was reflected in her beautiful clothing and hats, and in the beautiful home and
flower garden she maintained. Evangelist Dr. Rosetta Lillard leaves to cherish
her memory four sons, Horace R. Lillard (Valerie), the Rev. Dr. Kenneth E.
Lillard, the Rev. Dr. Calvin A. Lillard (Helen), all of Portsmouth, Carlton E.
Lillard (Phyllis) of Chesapeake; sisters, Mother Beulah Smith, Mrs. Lillian
Edwards, Evangelist Dr. Rachel O. Harris; sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Smith all of
Portsmouth; brother, Robert Smith (Ruth) of Portsmouth; seven grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and beloved
friends. A wake will be held at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, today, Aug.
14, from 6 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15,
at the Garden of Prayer Worship Center, 1001 Church St., Norfolk. Bishop
Designee Levi Willis II will officiate. Interment will be in Roosevelt Memorial
Cemetery, Chesapeake.

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