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James Willis

James Kirby Willis

Monday, February 22nd, 1932 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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Willis, James Kirby, 87, of Irvington, Va, died September 24, 2019.
He was born February 22, 1932 in Clio, S.C. son of the late Lee and Laurin Willis. He graduated from Clemson College, now Clemson University, and remained a loyal Tiger fan. In high school he was introduced to the Future Farmers of America that led to his introduction to the world of advertising, his lifelong career. From his beginning as a salesman for the FFA Magazine, he moved on to positions at N.W. Ayer Advertising Company, N.Y.C. and Miller Morton Company in Richmond, VA. These experiences there led him to start his own company, Willis, Felton of Richmond.
He and his wife Marjory retired to Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington, VA in 2007.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years Marjory; daughter, Mary Lillian Willis; sons, James K., Jr, and Laurin Carter all of Midlothian and six grandsons. A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Memorial gifts may be made to Employee’s Christmas Fund, RW-C, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480 or to the Salisbury Presbyterian Church Foundation, 13621 W. Salisbury Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113.
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Maria Ferrand

Posted at 08:33am
It was (and still is) my pleasure to have served Jim and Marjorie all these years at RWC. My best memory of Jim is a time he asked me to visit their home so I could photograph his latest crop of tomatoes. He was known around campus as Mr. Tomato! It was his greatest pleasure to be able to grow tomatoes and share them with his neighbors and friends. I will miss his smile, his soft voice and his kind and giving heart. Marjorie, we will continue to embrace you and walk along side of you. And yes, the hugs will continue!

John McLean

Posted at 08:37pm
I will always remember the kindness of Jimmy and Marjorie when they lived in Charlotte. I was a student at State and made weekend trips to see Lady at Queens. I had no car and Jimmy let me borrow theirs. I’ll always treasure his giving nature. We’ll miss him. God speed Jimmy, we’ll meet again. John McLean

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