Lillian Love was born to the union of Peter James and Mary Etta Murphy on November 7, 1938 in Jefferson County/Fayette, Mississippi. She departed this life on May 20, 2019 at the age of 80 years old.
Lillian grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of 16 her family relocated to Chicago, Illinois. At age 17 she met and later married Nathaniel Gathright; of that union four children were born: Quintelia, Nathaniel Jr., Tongie [all deceased] and Sheila. Nathaniel and Lillian separated, divorced, and they each remarried.
Lillian served at St. Paul Bethel Missionary Baptist Church for several years. She was an active choir member and a dutiful Sunday School and BTU attendee. Lillian served until she was no longer able to.
Lillian leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Sheila Gathright; six other children from her last marriage: Wallace, Glenda (Tony), LaRae (Harold), Felecia, Louis Jr. (Jamie) and Eddie; five grandchildren: Quintelia (Tamika), Asa (Erika), Lonnie II (Bitya), Brodrick and Jazmyn; her brother, Lazars; and three special sons-in-law: George, Carlos and Lonnie; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.