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Billy Royce Liles

July 1, 1938 ~ July 9, 2021 (age 83)


Billy Royce Liles, 83, of Leland, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington.

He was born on July 1, 1938, in Roxboro, NC, to the late Luther Calvin and Mamie Ann (Todd) Liles.

Billy was a hard-working man who loved people. He enjoyed playing golf, travelling, and reading books. But most of all he loved his family and was a bright light to all who knew him.

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Virginia (Oxendine) Liles; daughters, Bonnie Johnson, Suzanne Taylor; son, Calvin Liles; sisters, Norma Harris, Frances Taylor; grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Nicholas, Erin, Elena, Stella; great-grandchildren, Dillon, Bailey, Brynleigh, Hudson; great great-grandchild, Asher; and a host of other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Billy was also preceded in death by his daughter, Gwendolyn Kay Thomas, and his sister, Linda Massey.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Billy’s honor to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare at or the Alzheimer’s Association at

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home in Wilmington with Chaplain Garry Deese officiating.  

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Memorial Service
July 13, 2021

2:00 PM
Quinn McGowen Funeral Home - Wilmington
315 Willow Woods Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409


Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation
1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401

Alzheimer's Association
5171 Glenwood Ave #101, Raleigh NC 27615

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