WILLEY, Joshua Whedbee Sr. 5072,5073
- Born: Cir 1915, Gates County, North Carolina, United States 5072
- Marriage: EURE, Helen Lewis
- Died: 4 May 2010, Suffolk City, Virginia, United States 5072
Noted events in his life were:
1. Obituary, 6 May 2010. 5072 Joshua Whedbee Willey, Sr., 95, of Willeyton Road, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, VA.
Mr. Willey was born in Gates County and was the son of the late Dan Arthur, Sr. and Rosa Whedbee Willey. A farmer, he was a member of Kittrell’s United Methodist Church, the Gates Ruritan Club, a founding member of the Gates Volunteer Fire Dept., and had served on the Board of Directors for both the Gates County Farm Bureau and the former Bank of Gates. A graduate of Gates High School, he attended North Carolina State University. An Army veteran of World War II with the 11th Infantry, he served in the European Theater, seeing action in Iceland, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 64 years, Helen Lewis Eure Willey, just two months ago on March 4th, and by brothers, Edward Vernon Willey and Harry Nowell Willey, and sisters-in-law, Gretchen Aycock Willey (John) and Rebecca Turner Willey (D.A.).
Surviving are: his son, Joshua W. Willey, Jr. and wife, Denise of New Bern and their daughter, Catherine Eure Willey of Los Angeles, CA; his sister, Ada W. Carroll and husband, Robert of Gates; brothers, John Fletcher Willey of Corapeake, D.A. Willey, Jr. of Nashville, NC and Frank Thomas Willey and wife, Mary of Gaston; sisters-in-law, Nell Carter Willey (Harry) of Raleigh and Evelyn Boone Willey (Edward) of Gates; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Graveside services with military honors will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Willey family cemetery at the home place by the Rev. Mike Askew.
Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, is handling arrangements.
Friends may join the family at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kittrell’s United Methodist Church, in care of Ada Carroll, 1046 NC Hwy 37, Gates, NC 27937.
Joshua married Helen Lewis EURE, daughter of Sawney Edward EURE and Genevieve Lewis ASKEW. (Helen Lewis EURE was born circa 1912 in Gates County, North Carolina, United States 3290,5073 and died on 4 Mar 2010 in Suffolk City, Virginia, United States 5072,5073.)