August 29, 2014

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Floyd Elmer Wills, 97

Floyd Elmer Wills, 97, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home.

He was born on August 5, 1916 on the same farm where he passed away. He married Leona Helen Wilson Wills at the Carlisle Christian Church on December 30, 1945. A 1936 graduate of Morgan High School, Floyd began his education in the first Pendleton County one-room school. He was a lifelong Pendleton County farmer, always eager to adopt new ideas and implement new technology. When Rural Electric first came to Pendleton, he learned to be an electrician through self-study and work experience. For approximately 50 years, he was an inspector for the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-op and at the age of 60, when many are making plans for retirement, Floyd joined the Pendleton County school system. For 22 years he helped to maintain the daily operation of the district and supervised the buildings and grounds of the county's schools, where he was instrumental in many building and remodeling projects. He was honored by the Pendleton County School System on their Wall of Fame for his remarkable contributions to the Pendleton County community through his life's work and volunteer efforts. It states, "Floyd Wills has provided leadership and support to the Pendleton County community. He has exemplified the mission of the school system by building on the firm foundation he gained as a child in the system's early schools, and his education and service in the community in which he has lived. The Pendleton County School System will always be indebted to his 'true gentleman'." He was also a member of the Falmouth Christian Church, active in the Woodmen of the World Chapter #611, serving in several local, area, regional, state and national leadership roles. For 45 years Floyd served as a 4-H leader, leading youth and supporting numerous programs through the 4-H Council and the Pendleton County Fair, also a member of the Pendleton County Fair Board, the Pendleton County Beef Cattle Association, the Pendleton County Farm Bureau, the Falmouth Rotary Club where he was named Paul Harris Fellow and many other organizations.

Preceding him in death, in addition to parents, was his dear wife Leona Helen Wilson who passed away May 16, 2012.

Surviving are sons, Steven Floyd (Nancy White) Wills of Florence and David Charles Wills, Winchester; brother, Santford Earl Wills, Independence; grandchildren, Lee Ann Wills (Greg) Kramer, Sue Ellen Wills (Wayne) Lemmons, Crystal Diane Wills (Brandon) Greene, Bradley David (Adreanna) Wills, Laura Susan Norman (Johnie) Tucker and John Arthur Norman; great-grandchildren, Greylee Ruth Kramer, Hunter I. Lemmons, Mia L. Lemmons, Thomas Bradley Wills, Taylor C. Kramer, Mariah R. Kramer, Saya Isabella Greene and Kimber Marie Wills; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth with Steve Delany, Robert Jones and Rick Halcomb officiating.

Serving as pallbearers were Johnie Tucker, John Norman, Brandon Greene, Bud Wills, Greg Kramer and Bradley David Wills and the honorary pallbearers were the officers and board of directors for Woodmen of the World Chapter #611.

Interment took place at the Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas County.

Memorials are suggested to the Falmouth Christian Church, 303 W. Shelby Street, Falmouth or the Pendleton County 4-H Clubs, 45 David Pribble Drive, Falmouth.

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