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Mr. John and Mrs. Mavis Williard

November 29, 2018
Mr. John and Mrs. Mavis Williard
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Mr. John Thomas Willard, 67 and his wife, Mrs. Mavis Kirby Smith Willard, 80, of Warrenville, SC, passed away tragically on Thursday, November 29, 2018, in a house fire. John was born in Aiken County, SC, to the late Earl and Frances Stringfield Willard. Mavis was born in Edgefield County, SC, to the late Marvin and Lunette Hoover Kirby. John became disabled at a very early age. He, however did not let his disability hinder him. He enjoyed “tinkering” with Electronics, was known as a “jack of all trades” and enjoyed wood working, playing guitar and shooting pool. Mavis had been a resident of Edgefield County, SC, until she made Aiken County, SC, her home in 1982. She was a Store Manager and an Evangelist. She loved spreading the Gospel, singing, sewing, cooking, playing the piano and was an accomplished and published song writer. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Earl Smith, Sr. Family members of John include his siblings, Reba Howard, Charles Edward Willard, Earl Bradford Willard, Gary Lee Willard, Sr., the late Janey Sue Smith, the late Judy Carol Gilmer and the late Gloria Jean Crocker and was grandfather to Rachael Locklear and her husband, Brian, Jeremy Grice, (who has been missing since November 22, 1985) Christy Cullum and her husband, Sanquan, William Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, Jessica Smith and Emily Smith and great-grandchildren, Mekhia Cullum, Malaki Cullum, Zykel Cullum, Phoenix Cullum, Lynli Smith, Tobenne Smith, Alana Locklear and Jordan Smith.  Family members of Mavis include her children, Donna Smith and David Paul “D.P.” Smith and his former wife, Mae, the late James Earl Smith Jr., siblings, Cleo Kirby, Geneva Kirby Smith, Annette Kirby Leaphart and Marvin Ted Kirby and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, listed above. A Celebration of Life Service for John and Mavis will be held at a later date.


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