James T. Lilley, 69, of Tellico Village and a former resident of Walled Lake, Union Lake and Rochester Hills, Mich., and Goodyear, Ariz., passed away Oct. 3, 2020.
Jim graduated from Walled Lake Central High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University. He remained in Michigan during his professional career as teacher, coach and administrator in the Pontiac School District. Outside of work, his passions led him to marathons, triathlons, hot air ballooning and traveling the globe with his wife of 45 years, Dee.
To have known Jim is to have known him as an adventurer, athlete and advocate. A feminist. A nature enthusiast. A mentor. A constant friend. Jim was a good, decent and humble man. He lived a full life. Full of love. Full of compassion. Full of charity. Full of gratitude. He will be missed deeply but remembered always.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Edna Payne Lilley; and his sister, Cyndi Lilley Cooke.
He is survived by his wife, Dee Goin Lilley; and extended family and friends.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Jim's life will be held at a later date.
Donations in Jim's memory may be made to one of three organizations:
• Knoxville Track Club-KTC Youth Athletics. Send checks to P.O. Box 52266, Knoxville, TN 37950-2266, Attn: David J. Black, executive director, or donate online at https://runsignup.com/Club/Donate/TN/Knoxville/KnoxvilleTrackClub.
• Loudon County Schools-School Nutrition Program. Send checks to 100 River Road, Loudon, TN 37774, Attn: Alison May, Food/Health Services Supervisor.
• Timeless Tellico Foundation (Jim Lilley Walking Trail) . Send checks to Timeless Tellico Foundation, P.O. Box 556, Loudon, TN 37774, or donate online at https://tellicolife.org.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family of James T. Lilley. www.clickfuneralhome.com