Henry D. Willard, Jr.

October 26, 1937 - December 20, 2019
Henry D. Willard, Jr.

Henry Dotterer Willard, Jr. passed away December 20, 2019, while in Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Services will be held in Black River Presbyterian Church, Ivanhoe, NC. After this, a celebration of life will take place at the home of Chip and Leigh Ann’s in Ivanhoe. Join us there.

Henry was born on October 26, 1937, son of the late Henry D. Willard and Blanche Orr DuBose Willard of Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1956, then attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Henry’s lifetime occupation was in the oil and gas industries.

Henry is survived by his wife of 58 ½ years, Priscilla Brown Willard, two daughters: Harriett Willard Watson and husband William Harold Watson  “Rusty” and children, Krysten, Jesse, and Alysha all of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, and Elizabeth Schirmer Willard Dailey and husband John Henry Dailey, Jr. of Wilmington NC and one son, Henry D. Willard, III (Chip) wife Leigh Anna of Ivanhoe, NC and one precious granddaughter, Kenton Elizabeth Willard; a brother Theodore (Bo) Willard (Jackie) and a sister, Blanche Willard Quinn (Mike) of Columbia SC; six nieces and five nephews.

Henry was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting, always with friends. He never met a stranger, had an outgoing personality and loved everyone. His quick wit and ever-present personality always left one with a smile.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington NC 28403 or Liberty Commons, 221 Racine Drive Wilmington NC 28403.

Memorial service will be held at 11 am Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Black River Presbyterian  Church officiated by Certified Life Celebrant Linda Register.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403   910-791-9099


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  • December 22, 2019
    Steven leary says:
    Use to hunt with Henry a lot in Lowland with his friends from Raleigh. He was always fun and I enjoyed spending time with him. Sorry for your loss.

  • December 23, 2019
    Elisabeth Manning says:
    Henry was like a second father to me. He was a good man and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • December 26, 2019
    Charles Yowell says:
    We loved, Loved, LOVED this Giant Kid who was a best friend to my Dad & so many others. Biggest laughs I’ve ever seen in my own Dad was with Henry (& Pris). Love Willard’s, forever & ever, AMEN!

  • December 26, 2019
    Mickey Southerland says:
    We will miss Henry on the Portsmouth Island fishing trips. He was always a big contributor to the fellowship we shared.

  • December 26, 2019
    Ed & Gloria Gunther says:
    We are so sorry for your great loss. We will remember Henry as a gentle man, outgoing and with a great sense of humor. Our conversations were uplifting and he will be missed. May God give all of you peace during this time of sorrow and beautiful cherished memories as your hearts heal.