City’s financial director passes away unexpectedly

Madison lost of its greatest assets and a true friend of the city. Lillie Causey, the city’s financial director, died Monday night at Huntsville Hospital after suffering an aneurism at work Friday afternoon.

Causey, 58, was the backbone to Madison’s financial stability. She worked for the city for nearly three decades.

“Lillie was absolutely dedicated to our city and the budget that supported our city,” Mayor Paul Finley said. “A city revolves around a budget.  The anchor for our budget for 30 years was Lillie Causey.”

Causey started her public service career in the City Clerk’s office. As the city grew, she was named Madison’s first finance director. She oversaw six employees in her department with duties that included accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and purchasing.

“Lillie helped guide Madison from a town of 6,000 when she came on in the early 80’s to the town of 45,000+ we are today.  We simply could not have managed this explosive growth without her dedication and guidance,” Finley added. “We will miss her dearly.  Not just because of her knowledge and work ethic but because she simply was one of the most honest and genuine people any of us have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Nansi Clark, the mayor’s executive assistant, said Lillie was truly an amazing woman who was cherished and adored by so many.

“Lillie loved and served God with all her heart and is home with him now.   Her family was her joy… especially her little grand son David, Kiesha’s little boy,” she said.

Terri Towry, the city’s HR Director and a special friend to Lillie said,  “Lillie was one of my very best friends and spiritual role model.  She will be tremendously missed.”

Royal Funeral Home will announce arrangements.