Parents turn sorrow into service after losing son to overdose

BECKLEY (WOAY)- David and Beverley Lilly have spent years helping others.

“They project what it means to give back to the community,” Leon Brush, co-founder of Brian’s Safehouse, said.

The couple wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, after their son David II died in 2013 of a drug overdose.

“David was a kind person and he just went astray like everyone else does who gets on these pills,” David Lilly said.

David and Beverley reached out to Brian’s Safehouse in Beckley, a one year residential program for people suffering from substance abuse. It’s also one of the five places their son went to get help.

“They’re at the top of any kind of volunteer service that are needed from doctors or appointments or any kind of specialĀ  occasion,” Brush said.

And after year of helping out, the Lilly’s received the 2018 Hope Award from Brian’s Safehouse. Friends and family in attendance. Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold too.

“There are no people that I think more of in this whole world,” Rappold said.

The Lilly’s say they help out so that no other parent goes through what they did.

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