Funeral Arrangements Announced For Oak Hill Teacher Mark Lilly

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Funeral arrangements have been announced for Oak Hill High School Teacher Mark Lilly.

The obituary can be read below.  The family says the public can attend funeral services on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fayetteville beginning at 10 am.

Mark Andrew Lilly, 50, died Saturday, October 20, 2018, while taking his final bike ride near Grandview in Raleigh County. His death prompted a week-long search for him across the state, resulting in his remains were discovered Saturday, October 27th. Friends and family are comforted that he passed doing what he loved.

Born January 28, 1968, he was the son of the late Erastus Lilly and Eleanor (Smithson) Lilly. Mr. Lilly worked passionately as a Chemistry Teacher for Oak Hill High School, and formerly for Van High School. Survivors include his brother Alan D.(Cassandra) Lilly of Victorville, Ca; and two nieces Miriam (Saul) Ledezma of Allen, TX; Tabitha (Jonathon Brown) Lilly, of Bakersfield, CA; an aunt and numerous cousins.

A funeral will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 10 AM at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Fayetteville, WV.


OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Mark Lilly, Oak Hill Teacher, was found today, one week after he was reported missing.  The family wants to thank all of those that helped in the search for Mark.

Mark Lilly’s family released the following statement:

“It is with the heaviest hearts that we received the bittersweet news that our uncle/brother Mark Lilly’s remains have been found. Tests are being run to confirm even now, what we already know. We are comforted to know that he passed doing what he loved, not everyone gets that opportunity.

This is not the news we wanted to hear, but our hearts can rest easy knowing that he is not missing, or hurt somewhere. Having a missing family member has been one of the most challenging ordeals, but we have clung to our faith in God to carry us through.

To the Fayette County police force, thank you so much for being so responsive, and so thorough, and taking our midnight and early morning calls; particularly Officer Jesse who handled the case so effectively.

We want to thank every single person who searched, made calls, shared posts, ran down leads, walked and rode trails, and made guesses and suggestions. Every single piece of the puzzle was instrumental and brought Mark home. We want to specifically thank the Oak Hill High School Administration and Staff, for being Mark’s family before we could get there. Our thanks also extend to his bike club and New River Bikes for running trails, and tracking down GPS, and being the best representation of the biking community.

We are in the early stages of arrangements, but we will try to update with services and memorials.

Psalm 61:2 “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.””


UPDATE: 10/27/2018 – OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Sad news to report, Mark Lilly, the missing Oak Hill Teacher was found Saturday Morning in Raleigh County.

Authorities say Lilly was found near a Grandview State Park.  No foul play is expected.

Lilly’s body will be taken to the medical examiner’s office.

Sheriff Mike Fridley released the following statement: “I was notified this morning by Sheriff Scott Vanmetter, that the missing person, Mark Lilly has been found in the Grandview area of Raleigh County, says Sheriff Mike Fridley.

Further details will be released by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office. I would like to personally thank Sheriff Vanmetter and all of his deputies for assisting with this matter.”

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department released the following information:

“On 10-27-2018 at approximately 0910AM, the body of Mark Andrew Lilly of Fayetteville was located on Grandview Road near Table Rock Road in Raleigh County. Mr. Lilly was reported missing to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office when he did not show up for work on 10-22-2018.

Mr. Lilly was an avid bicyclist and had come to Raleigh County to ride. Mr. Lilly’s vehicle was discovered at the Raleigh County Airport where he parked and left on his bicycle for a ride.

The cause of death is still under investigation, however, there does not appear to be any foul play and may have been medical related.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Park Service, fire department members, Jan Care and citizens who assisted in the search.”


UPDATE: OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) –  Regarding the missing person, Mark Lilly of Oak Hill, his vehicle has been located at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport.  Officers are reviewing security footage of the airport and surrounding areas in an attempt to determine an area to focus search efforts.

Airport footage shows Mr. Lilly removing a bicycle from his vehicle. He is known to be an avid road cyclist, leading officers to narrow searches to common bike routes. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department is currently scanning the area in vehicles and ATVs.

A family member says a Go Fund Me Page has been set up.  “We are offering $2,000 dollar reward for any information or the recovery of our uncle Mark Lilly. We started a GoFundMe for this purpose.” Click here to visit Mark Lilly Go Fund Me Page


UPDATE: OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Police are still looking for a missing Oak Hill High School teacher and now his co-workers are searching for him, too.

Mark Lilly was last seen Saturday, October 20, 2018, leaving Oak Hill High School in his maroon 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Today, teachers were seen leaving the high school around 2 o’clock and we are told some of them were headed to look for Lilly. Police have checked Lilly’s home and he nor the vehicle was there, but they did find his cell phone, dog, and medication.

“The biggest thing for us is finding that vehicle. If you do find that vehicle, please don’t touch or go into it or anything. Just let us, so we can begin searching it,” said Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley.

Fridley also tells us he doesn’t believe any foul play was involved. Stay with WOAY NewsWatch on this developing story.


OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Authorities are looking for a missing Oak Hill High School teacher.

On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, was notified by the administration of Oak Hill High School, that a teacher failed to report to work. Deputies have checked the residence and neither he or his vehicle was there.

The missing adult is Mark A. Lilly of Fayetteville, 50-year-old white male, 5’8″, 150 lbs., with a mustache and shaved head. He was last seen at Oak Hill High School early Saturday morning on surveillance cameras.

He drives 2017, Toyota Tacoma, maroon in color with a camper top, WV Registration DWK614.

If you have information as to his possible whereabouts, please contact the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590, or via the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

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