11.24.2014  |   | Subscribe  | Contact us

All News & Blogs

E-mail Alerts

John B. Wills Jr.

Today's obituaries

Date published: 5/16/2013

John B. Wills Jr.

John Broddus Wills Jr., 84, of Spotsylvania County passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

John was born on Jan. 4, 1929, in Lovingston, the son of the late John B. Wills Sr. and Pattie Thompson. He attended Fairfax High School and graduated in 1946. John married Bernice M. Cobb on April 18, 1949, at Centreville Methodist Church. They were happily married for 64 years.

John's career began as a store manager in Centreville and the Torpedo Plant in Alexandria. In 1948, he entered the United States Marine Corps Reserves and then served on active duty as a sergeant in the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952.

Upon his return to Virginia he was employed as a building foreman at May Properties, a residential custom homebuilder in the McLean area, where he worked for many years. In parallel, as an entrepreneur, he applied his passion for architecture and established a building business known as Clingenpeel and Wills, with a family friend.

Following his departure from May Properties, he worked for a company known as Cherrydale as an executive sales representative for several years, selling building materials. John's final job until retirement in 1992 was for a national builder at Trammel Crow, serving as a quality-control associate for the East Coast region.

John was a lifetime member and very active Christian serving his local church as a deacon and youth counselor. He enjoyed the outdoors and traveling within the United States. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and time with the family.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Flat Run Baptist Church, Locust Grove. An additional service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, at Fairfax Baptist Church, Fairfax. Interment will follow in Fairfax Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Alice Reedy-Pitts.

John is survived by his wife, Bernice M. Wills of Spotsylvania; his son, Ralph Alan Wills and wife Martha G. Wills; sister Faye W. Quesenberry; grandchildren Heather M. Byrd, Lindsay D. Thomasson; step-grandchildren Cecil L. Updike, and Alena D. Swartz; great-grandchildren Brianna R. Thomasson, Clemson A. Byrd; and step-great-grandchildren Alice F. Swartz and Mariko S. Swartz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Flat Run Baptist Church, 2736 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, Va. 22508 or flatrun.org.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to WakeMed Hospital; Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove; Flat Run Baptist Church; and Fairfax Baptist Church. In addition, thank you to all friends and family for your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Online guestbook may be signed at johnsoncares.com.