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“Remembering Thad Lester Lilly”, WWII Serviceman, 1918-2001”

Thad Lilly
Photos Courtesy of Sandi Gunter Hawkins

Native Vanceboro Gentleman Who Survived The Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., the Craven County Genealogical Society will begin the evening with a cookie and punch reception where members and guests are welcome to discuss their research and learn more ways to find their ancestors.

At 7 p.m., the Craven County Genealogical Society is pleased to host Mr. Greg Morris of Vanceboro, for a special presentation, “Remembering Thad Lester Lilly, World War II Serviceman, 1918-2001.” Private Lilly, was a native Vanceboro gentleman who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Mr. Morris will will give us insights into the life, service, and family of Private Lilly as we pause to remember and honor all those who have served these great United States of America.

The program is free and the public is invited to join us as we remember our veterans.  You are also welcome to bring an item, photograph, or story about one of your veteran family members to share with the group at the meeting.

The Society’s monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday evening at the New Bern LDS Church located at 1207 Forest Drive off Trent Road.  Please enter through the front door.  The monthly meetings are free and open to the public and membership is encouraged.  The Society has a vibrant and diverse membership representing not only Craven County and North Carolina, but also many other states as well.

For more information, please visit our website at CravenGenealogy.org, Facebook.com/CravenGenealogy, or contact President Nancy Perdue at 252-638-3291.

You are also welcome to visit the New Bern LDS History Center which is free and open to the public on Tuesdays (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Wednesdays (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), and Thursdays (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).  It is staffed by researchers who are happy to assist you in learning how to find your ancestors.  The History Center provides free on-site access to some of the most popular online genealogy research databases.  More info is available at http://tinyurl.com/LDSHistoryCenters.

Submitted by: David French, Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina