Rodney Willis, 45, of The Plains, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018.
He was a 1991 graduate of Fauquier High School and went on to graduate in 1992 from Nashville Auto-Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn. He started his automobile body work at Rick Hunt Ford and then with Rick’s Auto Body Shop.
Baptized at a young age, he attended Sunday School and services and was involved with many activities at Rectortown United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the athletic activities in the community with the Marshall Recreation Association, T-Ball, soccer, basketball and baseball where he was pitcher, catcher and played first base. Rodney enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and deer hunting, bagging his first deer (a doe) at the age of 10 while hunting with his dad on Christmas Eve 1983. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan from a very early age. He also enjoyed Washington Capitals hockey and horse racing. He was very close to his maternal grandparents taking them to Bingo in their later years and helping in their care by taking his grandfather to dialysis and being a caretaker for his grandmother with her dementia. He was so gentle and loving to them and they thought the world of him.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Vernon “Pete” and Martha Pearson; his paternal grandfather, Fred Willis; his aunt, Debbie (Payne) Willis, and an uncle, Frank Reid.
He leaves his parents, Ronnie and Barbara (Pearson) Willis; his brother, Brian Willis; his paternal grandmother, Gladys Willis; aunts, uncles and cousins, Patricia (Pearson) and Tony Zimbro, Lee, Sonya and Brittany Jacobs, Rickey Willis, Joy (Willis) Reid, Shelly Runion, Carey Reid, Joe, Amy and Jonathan “JT” Reid, Tony Willis, Justin (Courtney) Willis, Tyler Willis and many other family members and friends.
A memorial service and luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Marshall Ruritan Club.