Thomas Lee Willis

Published 5:14 pm Friday, October 7, 2022

Thomas Lee “Runt” Willis, 77, passed peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. He is predeceased by his parents, Elsie and Ward Willis of Chesapeake; son, Glenn James; brothers, Richard, David “Poncho” and George “Junior” Willis; son-in-law, Perry Worrell Sr. and brothers and sisters-in-law. He was also preceded in death by his beloved pet, Cooter.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Dora Wyatt James Willis; children, Clayton James (Carla), Lorraine Worrell and Calvin James; grandchildren, Beth Ann James, PJ Worrell (AnnMarie) and Peyton James; great-granddaughter, Toryn Green; sister, Rosemary “Susie” Phelps (Bill) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Runt spent his younger days working alongside his brother, Junior, at Superbugs in Chesapeake designing and building custom-made vehicles of all types. Runt retired on his 66th birthday as an HVAC technician with Suffolk Sheet Metal after 36 years of service.


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