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Wirt N. Wills, Sr. "Nicky"

February 27, 1931 ~ April 2, 2021 (age 90)


The name is WILLS not Willis: Wirt N. Wills, Sr. "Nicky" 90, of Matoaca passed away Friday, April 2nd at his home away from home, Dunlop House Assisted Living. Mr. Wills was a Petersburg native.  He served in both the U.S. Navy & the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War Veteran.  His achievements were numerous as well as his passions. He was a retired Electrical Forman for Ft. Lee, a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge of Petersburg, loved flying remote control airplanes, music was a passion both listening and playing his beloved harmonicas, in his younger years he was quite a dancer never having to look far for a partner and could fix absolutely anything and everything. Mr. Wills was a true gentleman, he lived everyday with honor and integrity always putting others before himself, he was the definition of humility, grace, class, thoughtfulness, compassion as well as ethics.  Heaven has truly gained an angel.  His absence on this earth is truly a loss for all that knew him and loved him. Mr. Wills is survived by his 3 children, Karen Wills-Fox of Williamsburg, Wirt Jr./Kookie (Jeanie) of Prince George and Michele Wills-Shumaker (Todd) of New Kent. Mr. Wills also leaves to cherish his memory his 7 grandchildren, Jackie & Maggie Fox, Rosie Cornell, Robert Wills, Austyn Britt, and Regan & Mason Shumaker; As well as 2 great-grandchildren, Greyson Wills and Makayla Britt; along with numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Dunlop House for the love and care that their Dad received; you cared for Daddy as we would have, much love and many thanks to Denny, Ethel, Lynn, and Rachel.  To Lisa Urquhart, please know that your care was always above and beyond, what you did for Daddy will never be forgotten. God truly blessed us with you.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes, 2033 Boulevard. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Blandford Cemetery, 319 S. Crater Road.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Masonic Home of Virginia, 500 Masonic Lane, Richmond, VA  23223 or the Colonial Heights SPCA at 104 A Pickwick Ave Colonials Heights, VA. 23834. Condolences may be registered at

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April 6, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
2033 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Graveside Service
April 7, 2021

2:00 PM
Blandford Cemetery
319 S. Crater Road
Petersburg, VA 23803

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