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Visitation at Funeral Home

Seaver-Brown Chapel
Wednesday May 15th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Funeral Service

Seaver-Brown Chapel
Wednesday May 15th, 2019

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Graveside Service

Rose Lawn Cemetery
Thursday May 16th, 2019

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Thomas R. "Tommy" Willard


Thomas R. “Tommy” Willard, age 53, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Tommy was one of a kind! From his school days he was a bright spot wherever he was. Tommy was an unbelievable musician – from the sax to the electric guitar. After graduating from Marion Senior High, Tommy went to Elon College majoring in music. He spent his work life using his brain fixing robots and computers. Several of his former employers have mentioned that Tommy was one of the most intelligent people they’d ever worked with. If you needed something fixed, Tommy was the guy. He was a proud and treasured member of the NASCAR family and was active on a racing pit crew with his brother. Sunday morning, the world lost a man who would help anyone and was deeply cared for and will be missed by his brother and sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin W. Willard and Helen P. Willard; and his grandparents.

Tommy is survived by his brother, Charles Franklin Willard and wife, Sandy of Marion, Va.; numerous cousins; many special friends to include George Wolfe and Dr. Kevin Wolfe; and his beloved cat, Miss Minnie.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Smyth County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1124, Marion, Va. 24354.

To share memories of Thomas R. “Tommy” Willard, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Tommy’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion Va. 24354.

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I am so sorry for your loss. In my prayers and thoughts.

Elaine Woods Dixon May 17 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Tommy's passing. He will be missed by many. May God Bless Each of You during this difficult time. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. May God Bless You.

Sharon Jones Morris May 16 2019 12:00 AM

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Tommy will be greatly missed by all of us. May the many fond memories help you cope through this difficult time. God Bless.

John Hendrick May 15 2019 12:00 AM

Tommy was my brother, 1st guy I met at Elon , and I mean in the 1st hour. We were roommates , and best friends, I hunted with him in VA, he hunted with me in NC, he was a founding member of the MPUs, he was the guy that brought us (Elon) together, Im at a lose, Im heart broken, but the memories of my friend will always be good. I miss you Willard, Ill see you soon By God.

Jim Price May 15 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks for all the fond memories. We all had a wild and crazy time together growing up. Times, I will never forget. You will be deeply missed my friend!

Monte Ward May 15 2019 12:00 AM

Sandy Gross May 15 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas "Tommy" Willard

Sandy Gross May 15 2019 12:00 AM

Tommy was a step dad to me and the only father figure i ever had for a big part of my childhood. He taught me many things that ill never forget and things that i use on a daily basis, like driving and how to do a few things on cars. His memory will always stay with me. Im sorry for the sadness that this loss has caused him family and friends. He will be missed terribly.

Britt Morrell May 15 2019 12:00 AM

Cindy Blantpn May 14 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas "Tommy" Willard

Cindy Blantpn May 14 2019 12:00 AM

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