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Dakota Van Lilly
Date: 11/2/2018
Location: Thomasville

Mr. Dakota Van Lilly, 24, a resident of Burton Rd. died unexpectedly in Chicago, IL on Friday, November 2, 2018. He was born on May 3, 1994 in Miami, FL to Rodney Van Lilly and April Tina Tysinger. He graduated from East Davidson High School in the Class of 2012 and he worked as a long distance truck driver. He loved the beach, his family and friends, and when it came to love everyone could take lessons from Dakota. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Sylvia Hayworth Lilly; his maternal grandmother, Daneata Beck; and his maternal grandfather, Phillip Tysinger. Surviving is his father, Rodney Lilly and wife Elizabeth of the home; mother, April Tysinger of Lexington; paternal grandfather, Van Lilly, Jr. of Thomasville; sister, Tiffany Lilly of Eden; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, family, friends, and loved ones. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Dr. Tom Mabry officiating. Interment will follow in Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Memorials may be directed to Caring Services, Inc. 102 Chestnut Dr. High Point, NC 27262 to help bring awareness to addictions. Online condolences may be sent to the Lilly family at


My heart breaks for you .I will be here for you .
~ Emma Joyner Winston Salem , North Carolina
With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
~ Jeannie & Junior Lewis Melvindale , Michigan
My deepest sympathy for you in this difficult time. Dakota will always be in my heart. You and your family are in my prayers.
~ Dean Roten II Winston Salem , North Carolina
I am so sorry for your loss. Dakota touched all of our hearts at the market. My deepest sympathy for you and your family.
~ Darrin Loflin & Jonathan Matsen Archdale , North Carolina
Dakota crossed my classroom threshold as a seventh grader at Central Davidson Middle School in 2006. His electric smile, clever wit, and natural gifts brought joy to my heart each day as his English teacher. Believing in his ability to do great things came easily. Little did I know the trials he would one day face as a young man. May God’s grace and peace surround you, my Sweet Boy... I love you, Dakota...
~ Michelle Surratt Denton , North Carolina
Reliving another painful death of someone that meant a lot to me. I know you’re safe now and healing. Til we meet again cuz. I love you
~ Savanah Rutledge Archdale , North Carolina
So sorry to hear my heart is broke.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.May God see you through this trying time.Love all of you.
~ Lila Summit Lexington , North Carolina
So sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones. Soon Jesus is going to solve all mankind's problems by means of Gods kingdom, the one we pray for: " Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven." Matthew 6:6-10; Rev 21:3-5; Daniel 2:44. The dead will come back to life here on Earth. Matthew 5:5; Act 24:15; Psalms 37: 11,29. God does not cause our death. Ecclesiastes 9:11. This kingdom will bring us, no more sickness, pain, death, wars, food shortages, and tears. Revelations 21:3-5; Psalms 46:8,9; Psalms 72:16. Please, look up the scriptures in your Bible, you will see, that this is all true. My email is : For any questions. There is much more. For more comfort please. Check out this link site. Everything is Free as Jesus said, "You received Free Give Free." Matthew 10:8. Mainly to help comfort you. Everything is from your Bible. What I am doing to help you, I am doing for our God and Jesus.
~ Kathy Terwilliger Graham , North Carolina
I am really going to miss you buddy. Anytime we got together for family dinners, you were my audience. I went out of my way to make you laugh because it made me really happy to see you doubled over with your sides hurting and tears coming out of your eyes. I still think about when you were little, how you were scared of "Big Joe" and how like-minded we became as you got older. And even though those memories now cause just as much pain as they do joy, its ok, because you are in a much better place now, even if nobody wants you to be. So rest easy Dakota. There is no more pain or sadness. See ya down the road, love ya buddy.
~ Joseph Hayes Lexington , North Carolina
My sweet Dakota...Rest. We will see you soon when all things are NEW.😢😔😭😔
~ Mycena (Missy) Dickerson Lexington , North Carolina
Ma, Daddy...I'm sorry!!! I am lost for words. I know how hard this hurts his sister...I can not...and pray i never have to experience what you 2 are feeling and have felt since those first words were told to you. Dakota had a HUGE HUGE...out on his sleeve heart and ALL HE WANTED was for EVERYONE to get along and love each other. He wanted nothing more than to see everyone come together. He loved any and everyone and touched the soul in some way of every person he crossed paths with. What I would give just to see him smile again. I am grateful and so thankful for the little time we did get at the ocean...and the talks and laughs. I miss him so much. It's hard to sit here and write because there are no words that could explain or describe the void now residing within all our hearts. Only 24...too too young and there is never any getting could you...all you can do is hold on to that one thing {HOPE}. We ALL KNOW that we will see him again...smiling...happy and free. I realize that, just right now...even inside myself...that's not offering the comfort needed. Just know...I love you ALL with all my heart soul and being. I feel he left us way too soon...and we should have went first!!! Daddy...Ma...thank you both for creating the beautiful gift you named Dakota that came into this world and touched so many hearts. I know it will never stop hurting...I've heard as time passes that it gets easier...I dont know truly...but Somehow and someway ALL stay strong!!! Dakota...lil brother, Sissy misses you more than you could imagine. Although hopefully not too soon I do look forward to our next run and jump into your arms swinging me around again. I love you babe. I am and forever will be...your big little sister!!!
~ Tiffany Lilly Stoneville , North Carolina
My heart is broken over Dakota and my heart breaks for his family. Godspeed his love and healing to you all.
~ Cassandra Manuel Fansler Clemmons , North Carolina
Rest in peace
~ Jamie Loggins Thomasville , North Carolina
Rest in peace
~ Jamie Loggins Thomasville , North Carolina
My heart is heavy for your loss.
~ Mario Herrera Thomasville , North Carolina
Rodney and all of your family, my heart truly breaks at the thought of all the pain and loss that you're feeling now. I remember Dakota as a sweet, happy young man. May God grant all of you peace and understanding through this terrible time. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Call us if you need anything.
~ Sandra Sink Thomasville, , North Carolina
May you find love,peace,hope and strength in the LORD. Dakota was a beautiful young man always hugging you and saying he loved you.He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him. Rodney, you and your family have GODS arms around you'll giving you comfort and love.My families love is with you always.
~ wilma Price Thomasville , North Carolina
April, I am so sorry to hear of Dakota’s passing. He was a fine young man. If there is anything that we can do please don’ hesitate to call, email; text or message me. My cell is 336-239-3125.
~ Butch Conrad Lexington , North Carolina
April, I am so sad to learn of Dakota’s passing. Praying for God’s comfort for you, his family and friends.
~ Alison Greene Lexington , North Carolina
May the memories that live in your heart help ease your sorrow. We understand that Dakota was the center of your world. We are praying now and the difficult days ahead. Thanks
~ Charles and Linda Norman Dento , North Carolina
I never had the privilege of meeting this handsome young man, but I know his Dad and Mom and his Aunt Tammy. My heart hurts for all the family. He was much loved and will be missed unbelievably. May God surround you all with His love and comfort you each day in the future.🙏
~ Sandra Hardin High Point , North Carolina
I remember watching him play football at East. Such a handsome young man. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family during this very difficult time.
~ Wendy High Thomasville , North Carolina
So very sorry for you because of the loss of your loved one Dekota. I always enjoyed talking with him when I'd see him.he was always kind and considerate.again I'm so sorry! Love Pat Phifer
~ Patricia Phifer Winston Salem , North Carolina
I am so sorry for your loss,praying for all!!!
~ Marcie Batten Thomasville , North Carolina
May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God loves you and he cares for you, through talking to God in prayer, and from God's Word, the Bible. Psalm 36:7; "How precious your loyal love is, O God! In the shadow of your wings, the sons of men take refuge." James 5:11; God "is very tender in affection (very compassionate) and merciful." Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! Psalm 62:7,8; 2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
~ Rachel Morton Graham, , North Carolina