Lillie Harris Peyton, age 74, entered eternal rest surrounded by her family early on the morning of September 13, 2018, at Henrico Doctors Hospital-Parham. She was born in Rockville, Virginia to the late William L. Sr., and Mary L. Harris. She was preceded in death by two brothers; William L., Jr., and Horace F. Harris; and a nephew / godson, Paul Cosby, Jr.
Lillie attended the public schools of Hanover County and graduated from John M. Gandy High School, Ashland Virginia, Class of 1963. She furthered her education in Nursing School and began her forty-three-year career in Nursing before her retirement.
Lillie joined the Abner Baptist Church at an early age and was an active member until her health began to fail. She faithfully attended weekly Bible Study and was a dedicated member of several ministries: Women’s, OASIS, Hospitality, Women’s Choir, including serving over 30 years in the Pastor’s Aid Ministry and the former Healthcare Ministry. Lillie performed volunteer work at Laurel University monthly. She was also an active member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Red Rovers Chapter of the Red Hat Society.
Lillie was united in marriage to Bernard Thomas Peyton, Sr. on June 23, 1973, and they became the proud parents of Darrell Forest and Derrick Orlando Peyton.
She loved people and will be missed by so many. She loved to travel, and her trips carried her across the United States and abroad. Her last trip was a second visit to Okinawa, Japan. When she wasn’t traveling, she loved to watch her favorite TV shows on the Hallmark Channel, Shopping Network, or catching a game of her favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. Fittingly, Lillie loved angels, and amassed quite a collection of angels over the years.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted husband, Bernard T. Peyton, Sr.; two sons, Reverend Darrell F. (Deonna Michelle) and Master Sergeant Derrick O (Kazuna) Peyton; stepson, Bernard T. Peyton, Jr. (Rita); grandchildren, Staff Sergeant Christopher, Christina, Mo’e, Ribu, Bryan, and Jayla Peyton; three sisters, Virginia Mason (Rodman), Gloria Brown, Zelma Cosby (Paul); one brother, Waverly Harris (Irene); one devoted uncle, James Harris, Sr. (Natalie); sister-in-law, Lucy Harris; two brothers-in-law, James Peyton and Melvin Jones, Sr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, many devoted friends, and two honorary grandchildren, Kyra and Chavis Taylor.
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