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Calvin Johnson Willis / January 07, 2021

Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis, 84, of Halifax, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. He was born in Crewe on Aug. 6, 1936, son of the late Calvin Stuart Willis and the late Virginia Francis Johnson Willis. He was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Maxey Willis, who survives.

Dr. Willis graduated from Crewe High School in 1953 and he attended Duke University and the Medical College of Virginia obtaining the MD Degree in 1960. Completing his internship in Richmond, he entered the Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, Fla., being designated as a naval flight surgeon and served from 1962-1963, afterwards he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, New River, N.C. He resigned his commission in 1965, and entered the private practice of general medicine in his hometown of Crewe. Closing his office in 1970, he returned to MCV for a residency in diagnostic radiology. In 1973 he joined the staff of Halifax Regional Hospital as a radiologist, practicing there until his retirement in 1996. Just short of 20 of these years were spent practicing with the best partner anyone could have, Dr. Dennis Stanley of Halifax.

He was a “Master Mason”, a member of “The Chapter”, a “Knights Templar” of the York Rite of Masonry. His interests in genealogy led to memberships in the “Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia”, the Sons of the American Revolution and the “Jamestown Society”.

Dr. Willis is survived by his wife and best friend, Betty Maxey Willis; his children and step-children, Pamela Willis Jenkins and husband Sam of Leesburg, Calvin Stuart Willis II and wife Linda of Leesburg, Shannon May W. Nivens and husband Scott of Lynchburg, Kathy D. Bane and husband Woody of Halifax, Sarah O’Toole and husband Mike of Lynchburg; 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Faith Pendleton Collings and her husband Richard Collings.

Graveside service, with Masonic and Military Rites, will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery with Rev. Tim Jones officiating. In keeping with CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we recommend the wearing of face mask and social distancing.

Memorials may be directed to Sentara Halifax Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592 or the Salvation Army, 2215 Park Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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