John Thomas Willis was born on March 26, 1963 to Harrie and Frances Willis, in Richmond, VA. John attended and graduated Gloucester High School in Gloucester, VA. John was employed in Williamsburg, VA for many years as a waiter at Campbells Tavern. He also was employed at the Yorktown Coast Guard Station for a few years and his final place of employment was with Mr. Raymond Bottom for over 18 years.
John aka Mr. Brown was known by many people far and wide. He loved to have a good time. He knew how to make you laugh and lift your spirits. He joined New Mt. Zion Baptist church at an early age and later in life he joined Faith For Living in Yorktown, Virginia and was a dedicated member and he knew his bible. He loved to dress and he lived his life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his father Harrie Willis and brother Wilbur Willis. He leaves to morn his mother Frances Willis of Gloucester, VA. His wife of 6 years Darlene Willis of Hampton, VA. His Sisters Joyce Willis-Sydney(Rodney) and Joanne Willis of Gloucester, VA. His brothers Rodney Willis, Harold Willis and Wayne Scott (Kathleen) of Gloucester, VA, Anthony Willis of Richmond, VA, Harrie Scott of Matthews, VA, Freddie Willis and Lawrence Scott of Williamsburg, VA. A brother in-law Randy Addison (Sabrina) of Carrolton, VA. Three sister in-laws Jean Thomas and Sherry Thomas-Wyatt of Hampton, VA, Angela Thomas of Carrolton, VA. John has one daughter Vurnetta Taylor (Thad) of Nashville, NC and one Son Eric Donovan Jimmison (Jenny) of Northern Virginia. Two stepsons Alonzo Thomas and Darius Wiggins of Hampton, VA. He was a loving grandfather to Brianna Lee and Alivia Taylor of Nashville, NC, Eny’jah, Anaiya and Elijah Thomas of Hampton, VA. and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Monday November 6, 2017 from 7-8 at Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck Rd. Newport News, VA 23608. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 11127 Woods Cross Rd., Gloucester Va 23061. There will be a viewing from 10-11 as well for those not able to attend the previous evening.