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Date published: 10/6/2012

Earl R. Willis

Earl Randolph "Randy" Willis, 63, of Arlington passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, after a six-month battle with gastric cancer.

He was born in Richmond on Dec. 7, 1948, to Earl and Margaret Willis. He graduated from Hermitage High School in 1967 and then studied at Virginia Tech. Randy took after his father with his woodworking ability and made his living as a very talented carpenter. His talent will live on for years to come in the homes he built and worked on with his characteristic attention to every detail.

He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. He truly cherished his multitude of friendships and was known for his kind and faithful spirit. Many people could count on hearing his booming laugh on phone calls unfailingly every year on birthdays and anniversaries. To his niece and nephew he was "RaRa," and always held a special place in their hearts as a fun, happy, much-loved uncle.

Randy served our country as a member of the Special Forces Green Berets during the 1970s, and every year participated in Rolling Thunder in support of the many men who never made it home from Vietnam.

Randy is survived and lovingly remembered by his mother, Margaret Willis-Bode of Richmond; his sister-in-law, Cathy Willis-Melson (Tom) of Ruther Glen; his niece, Annie Hall (Wes) of Ankeny, Iowa; his nephew, J. Michael Willis Jr. (girlfriend Nicole Beazley) of Ruther Glen; his great-niece and -nephew, Sydney and Braden Hall of Ankeny; his devoted girlfriend, Kristi Bilicki of Clearwater, Fla.; his many cherished friends; and his faithful dog, Curtis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Nathan Willis; his brother, John M. "Jack" Willis; and his stepfather, Richard A. "Dick" Bode Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a favorite charity.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.