Donald Bartlett Wills

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Donald Bartlett Wills

August 04, 1930 - December 30, 2018

Donald Bartlett Wills Donald Bartlett Wills, 88, of Fairmont, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Dec. 30, 2018). He was born Aug. 4, 1930 in Fairmont a son of the late Clarence and Jo Bartlett Wills. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia Meredith Wills whom he married on Jan. 12, 1952.
Don was a 1948 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. He was a veteran with the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War and stationed on the waterways of New York City and Boston. He was a member of Monongah Baptist Church where he had served at a deacon and a trustee. Don had served as a milkman with Fairmont Foods before becoming a City of Fairmont Fireman and retiring in 1984 with over 22 years of service. He also owned Don Wills Eggs in Fairmont where he provided eggs to the Fairmont area stores. Don enjoyed spending his winter months in the Crescent Beach in St. Augustine, Florida. Don was a member of the Fairmont Elks Lodge and enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates, Jaguars and Mountaineers on television. He enjoyed gardening in his spare time.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Donald P. and his wife Debbie Wills of Jefferson, Iowa, Barry L and his wife Kim Wills of Flagler Beach, Florida and John D. and his wife Nancy Wills of McHenry, Maryland; his grandchildren, Amy Cardwell, Michael Wills, Zac Wills, Meredith Wills, Andrew Wills and Megan Vaughn, as well as six great-grandchildren and one expectant grandchild. He is survived by his brother-in-law, William Meredith of Sarasota, Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John D. and his wife JoAnn Springer Wills, and Lawrence Wills.
Memorial donations may be made to the Monongah Baptist Church, 256 Lyndon Avenue, Monongah, WV 26554.
Family and friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont. Visitation will continue from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2018 at the Monongah Baptist Church. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the church with Pastor David Huckins officiating. Interment will follow at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Fairmont where the Marion County Veterans Council will hold military rites at graveside. Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on December 31, 2018
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Phyllis ( Riddle ) Bierbaum
Jan 01, 2019
I'm so heartbroken to hear about Uncle Don. It's so bittersweet missing a loved one yet knowing that he couldn't be in a better place than with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I will always remember and cherish that Uncle Don and Aunt Patty opened their arms and home to me and made me feel loved and a part of the Meredith family even after Jean and my dad divorced.
Hugs and prayers for you and the family. I love you Uncle Don!
William and Janie (Cox) Robinson
Jan 01, 2019
I have had the blessing of living across the street, both as a child from the age of 3, and the last 3 years again. This is a loss of a mighty warrior, and dedicated husband, father and a soldier in God's army. Watching him suffer the last few months was tough, but so was he. Blessed to know him
Steve Smith
Jan 01, 2019
I want to express my condolences to the Wills family in this time of loss. While living in Monongah for several years as a young boy, I spent many Saturdays as a guest in the Wills home with my childhood friends Barry and John D. My best memory is the time that the Wills family invited me to go on a weekend camping trip with them to a state park in the area. I remember having a fun weekend in the outdoors, fishing in a river, and bedding down at night in a Coleman "pop-up" camper. In my young mind, I remember Don as being a very dedicated family man - and he had a job (fireman) that every young boy thought was awesome. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this season of mournin...g.Read more
Joe and Louise Vos
Dec 31, 2018
Dear Barry and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Mr.Wills was a gentleman and a gentle man. May his soul rest with the Lord. Keep all the fond memories in your heart. Please express our condolences to your mom and brothers. We love you and will continue to keep you all in our prayers. With much love, peace and hugs. "grandma"Louise and Mr.Joe.
Randy & Jill Woolbright
Dec 31, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the family. May the Lord sustain you during this time of great loss. You will be in our prayers.
Jack & Dru Nugent
Dec 31, 2018
Pat we are so sorry for the loss of Don . May fond memories of him bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the family.