Daughter of Joseph F and Malinda England. First marriage was to Henry Johnson. Second wife of Carrol Coleman Mullens Sr. who was her step uncle. Lillie's dad was married for a second time to Carrol's older sister Martha Jane Mullens Nixon. Mother to Joseph Henry Johnson, Clarence D Millard Mullens, Pinkney Theodore "Pink" Mullens, and Warren Tobias "Tobe" Mullens.