Delores Lillard-Phillpott transitioned peacefully at 7:18 a.m. Feb. 25, 2017 at Presence Covenant Hospital, surrounded by her daughters.
She was born on Nov. 30, 1932 to Theotto Sr. and Geraldine (Martin) Lillard in Danville. She graduated from Danville High School and married Leonard David Phillpott in 1951. Of this union were born five daughters. While raising her children, Delores attended and graduated from Danville School of Cosmetology. After graduation, Delores owned and operated a successful beauty salon in her home for over 50 years. She additionally ran the Sweet Shoppe with her husband in 1955.
Delores attended and was a member of Allen Chapel AME Church. At Allen, she participated in several auxiliaries, the Chancellor Choir and the Daughters of Allen. Delores was a member of Champaign Cosmetology Association and was Past Worthy Matrian of the Eastern Star.
Delores leaves to cherish her loving memory her wonderful daughters Madge (Calvin) Webb of Danville, Ahkeyah Ahmad of Tiburon, Calif., Evette Phillpott of Danville, Danotra Brown of Champaign, and Gesiele (Howard) Mockabee of Danville; her siblings, Marion Cloyd of Arkon, Ohio, Rawlan (Lorraine) Lillard of Flint, Mich., and Genevieve Thomas of Sacramento, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a special brother-in-law and friend, Bill Mason; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theotto Lillard Sr. and Geraldine (Martin) Lillard; husband, Leonard Phillpott; a sister Wanda Hazel; a brother, Theotto Lillard Jr.; and a grandson, David Boyd II.
A special thank you to Dawn Merrill, Wanda Richardson, Morri Williams, The Staff of Gardenview the Villa, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center of Danville and Presence Covenant Medical Center of Champaign-Urbana.
A celebration of life will commence at 12 noon Friday, March 3, at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 609 North Bowman Street, Danville. A visitation will commence from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 East Williams Street, Danville. The family is scheduled to be present from 5-6 p.m. Officiating Pastor Steven Perkins. Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 28, 2017