Thomas Lee Willard, 70, of Fairmont, passed away on Thursday (July 5, 2018) in his residence surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 14, 1947 in Fairmont, the son of the late Isaac and Wanda Parker Willard. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Juanita Willard.
Mr. Willard attended the Victory Baptist Church in Fairmont. He retired from Fairmont State University with over 28 years of service as a landscaper for the grounds department. He was an avid coin collector, enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time in his gardens and tending to both his flower and vegetable gardens. Tom enjoyed his family activities and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Thomas Lee Willard Jr., and his fiancé, Carolyn Riffle, of Fairmont; his daughters, Brenda and her husband, James Miller, of Fairmont, and Kimberly Willard of Fairmont; his grandchildren: J.J. Miller of Fairmont, Brandon Willard of Fairmont, and Jacob Willard and his fiancé Elizabeth Crites of Philippi; four great-grandchildren: Brian Varner and Ayden Varner of Fairmont, Michael Morris II of Fairmont, and Elijah Willard of Philippi; as well as his sister, Sandra and her husband, William Harbarger, of Barrackville; a brother-in-law, Earl, and his wife, Kathy, Pyles of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Willard was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kayla Dawn Willard.
Friends and family may visit from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, July 8, and from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday, July 9 at the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday, July 9, with Pastor Nathan Barker and Pastor Dave Meyer officiating. Interment will follow at the Clermont Cemetery in White Hall. Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on July 8, 2018