Johnny Lill, Jr

Born: Wed., Jul. 27, 1938
Died: Sun., Sep. 16, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 19, 2018
Location: A.E. Carter Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Sep. 20, 2018
Location: Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church

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Johnny Hershel Lill, Jr. of Bostwick, Georgia passed away on September 16, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Clay Lill to whom he was married for 57 years during which they rarely left each other’s side.  He is also survived by two sons, John Hershel Lill, III and James Kenneth Lill, two daughters-in-law, Lori Joyce Lill and Georgianna Parkman Lill along with eight grandchildren (Jonathan, Joshua, Jordan, Jared, Jacob, Jeremiah, Whit and Mary Claire).

Johnny graduated from Morgan County High School in Madison, GA and attended the University of Georgia.  He got married in 1961 and shortly thereafter started his career at Wellington Puritan Cordage Mills.  He quickly worked his way up from the bottom to eventually managing all of their manufacturing plants throughout the southeast.

Somewhere along the way he developed an interest in preparing tax returns for family and friends and this business quickly grew.  He then started working nights and weekends during tax season at a small tax practice in Athens.  At some point in the mid-1970’s, he was given the opportunity to buy out one of the partners in the tax practice and he ended up leaving his full-time corporate job at Wellington and taking the plunge into the tax and accounting business full-time.  He was extremely intelligent, hard-working and dedicated.  It was not long before his tax business was growing and thriving.  He was a very early adopter of technology and the business really accelerated because of it.  Eventually just about all of the family members worked there at some time or another.  This tax practice still exists today.  It is currently known at The Tax Shelter with the original office in Athens managed by his son, Ken along with a second office in Conyers managed by his son, John.  In fact, both of their wives and several of the grandchildren are also now heavily involved in the family business as well.

Johnny Lill loved the Lord.  He was a member of Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church for nearly all of his life and served in many capacities for the church over the decades.  Just a few months earlier in fact, he was named Deacon Emeritus.  Until his recent illness, he almost never missed a Sunday at Gibbs Memorial.  Some of his favorite memories include being the director of the Royal Ambassadors (RAs) for several years.  He took the boys on several trips to the lake, teaching them to water ski, fish and life skills in general.

Johnny Lill was the ultimate family man.  He and Mary worked side by side at The Tax Shelter, traveled the world together and spoiled their grandchildren together.  Johnny and Mary were very rarely spotted away from one another.  He loved to travel and could easily be talked into going to Walt Disney World with the grandkids on short notice or taking a family cruise.  He loved having family and friends visit them at Lake Oconee where they made their home for over 20 years before moving back to Bostwick just behind the church.  He also enjoyed the annual Christmas shopping trip where he and Mom would pick out just right gifts for the kids and grandkids and even until a year or so ago, he insisted that they take all of the presents home and wrap them personally.

In short, he was a fine man, a gentle man, a generous man, an intelligent man who loved his family, his friends, his community, his clients and his church.  Everyone who met him was a better person for knowing him.  We will miss him greatly.

The family of Mr. Lill will receive friends at A.E. Carter Funeral Home in Wednesday, September 19 from 6-8PM.  The funeral service will be held at Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church on Thursday, September 20 at 11AM.  Interment will follow at the Bostwick City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Barbara Malcom
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Mrs. Lill and family,
Mr. Lill was a great man! I remember my Dad (Keith Malcom) said many times “what a fine man John Lill is”.
It is hard to find good men like him and he will be missed by everyone that knew him. My prayers are with you and your boys . ♥️Love Barbara

Richard & Nita Jones
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Our condolences to Mary & the sons of John Lill. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We always thought a lot of Johnny. He was a special man. May God give you peace & comfort.

Richard & Nita Joes

Luke & Jacci (Lill) Haggard
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
Heart felt condolences for your family during this time of sorrow. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18

Jacqueline Haggard
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Luke .

God Bless you all during this time of sorrow He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3 Luke & Jacci (Lill) Haggard

Chad Brown
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018


We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that you can find strength and comfort in the love of your family. May it help you to know how many lives Johnny brightened with his kindness. Such a wonderful person will never be forgotten. He was loved by all of his clients, employees, and everyone he came in contact with. With Heartfelt Sympathy, The Tax Shelter Family

Hal and Jerry Ruark
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for this family!

Donna Sirmons
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Nick Batrouney, Alan Frisch, and the entire Paragon Family.

Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss, and your family is in our prayers. With sympathy, Nick Batrouney, Alan Frisch, and the entire Paragon Family

Teresa, Michael , and Katelyn Simmons
   Posted Thu September 20, 2018
Mary, John, Ken, and family,
We were all really sorry to hear of Johnny passing away. May good memories through the years on special occasions when I came to Bostwick.
We hope you find some peace within your memories.
Take care,
Teresa, Mike, and Katie Simmons
.. I’m sooo sorry I can’t make the service.

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