Pastor James Calvin “J.C.” Willard, Jr., age 69 of Meadows of Dan, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Northern Regional Hospital. He was born in Carroll County, Virginia to the late James Calvin Willard, Sr. and Ruby Lee Turman Willard. He had been the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church for over 30 years.
Pastor Willard is survived by his wife, Debra Lynn Bolt Willard of the home; three children, Karen Horton of Bryson City, North Carolina, Donnie Willard of Rocky Mount and Mary Gammon of Ararat; three step-children, Jason Pratt (Heather) of Willis, Michelle Mashburn (Jon) of Meadows of Dan and Kayla Ogle (Dereck) of Dugspur; sixteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Ricky Willard (Sandra) of Meadows of Dan; two sisters, Barbara Wilson (Jerry) of Martinsville and Shirley Willard of Martinsville; one niece and one nephew; one great nephew; and a best friend, Robbie Yokum of Montvale.
Funeral services for Pastor Willard will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Jason Pratt officiating. Burial will follow in Alderman Family Cemetery in Willis. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.